There is lots to juggle when moving home, dealing with estate agents, property viewings and of course the move itself! With the planning and organisation, it can be tricky to keep track of things, especially paperwork. You will have a few documents you need to keep at hand during the move, we are going to list the important ones in this article.

Address proof. Make sure you have an original document for proof of your current address. A council tax bill, a utility bill from the past three months, a recent statement from your bank or building society, again from the past three months or driving license/passport. You’ll need documents for proof of address and identity, if you use your passport to prove your identity, you won’t be able to use this for proof of residence, another document will need to be used instead.

Identity proof. You will need to provide proof of identity to a solicitor or conveyancer. An original document that proves that you are who are say you are is all you need for this. A valid driving license (full or provisional) or passport will work.  

Funds proof. Buyers need to prove that they have the funds to complete the move. This will be a copy of your mortgage offer, and proof of deposit – this will be a bank statement. When your offer has been accepted you will need these documents, to prove to the agent that you have the finances available to purchase the property at the offer price. The documents will also help to prove the funds are legitimate.  

Contracts. The contract for the sale will have all the conditions of the move, sign this and return it to your solicitor or conveyancer. An exchange of contracts occurs between buyer and seller, once completed, you are under legal obligation to buy the property.  This stage is important, it’s your last chance to make sure that everything is clear about the move, and to talk about anything you are unclear about. Make sure you discuss the terms of the contract thoroughly with your conveyancer before signing and exchanging.  

You should also keep a record of any quotes or agreements you might make in the run up to the move, so you know where you stand at all times. Keep hold of quotes from removal firms, and organise a checklist beforehand, you can update it and keep track of the expected timeframe of the process.  

Now all the paperwork is sorted, it might seem like you’re giving yourself more things to do, however, a record and checklist will come in handy as you get closer to your moving date. Once you’ve chosen your removal firm, keep their contact details handy in case you need to get in touch to inform them of changes or to make a specific request.

When moving home, staying as calm and organised as possible is the best way to beat the stress!

If you are looking to move and need further advice, you can get in touch with our team here.