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When should you leave the property?

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
12th January 2017 (Last updated on Monday 17th September 2018)

Your moving out date will be a predetermined time and day that will have been agreed on by yourself and the buyer. It is in your contract to move out by this period and will usually be a set time on the day of completion, when contracts have been signed and money has been transferred.

Your estate agent will give you a call around the time of your moving out time to ensure you have fully vacated the property before handing the keys over to the new owners.

This article will cover the following points

Changing Your Moving Date What to Leave at the Property Can I Stay in the Property After the Date of Completion? Can I Move Out Early? Hiring a Removal Company

Changing Your Moving Date

You can change the date of completion at any time before exchanging contracts. After contracts have been exchanged, you are in a legally binding contract to sell your home on a specific date. You are still able to change the moving date, or date of completion, but this may be a little more difficult.

To change your moving date while under contract, you will have to persuade the buyer to budge on the date you’ve already agreed on. You may be subject to a fine if you are unable to move out on the agreed date.

What to Leave at the Property

You should only leave fixtures and fittings at the property that have been agreed upon by yourself and the buyer. You may be liable to be sued if you take any non-agreed fixtures and fittings with you.

Packing your home in advance of moving day will ensure you know what to take and what to leave behind at the property. Talk to your solicitor if there is anything you are unsure of.

The buyer and estate agent will often visit your property before you move out to ensure everything is still in the same condition and where they should be.

Can I Stay in the Property After the Date of Completion?

You may be able to stay in the property after the date of completion, but doing so will have to be in the contract and could make things complicated. Not only does the buyer have to agree, but your solicitor will have to write this into the contract which could take extra time and cost you more in conveyancing fees.

Can I Move Out Early?

Yes. In fact, it might sometimes work out better to move out earlier, especially if your new property is already available. Moving out earlier will put you under less pressure as you do not have to worry about vacating the property by the set time on the date of completion.

Hiring a Removal Company

The most effective and stress-free way to move out of your property is to hire a professional removal company. You should book a company as soon as you know your date of completion to secure the day you need.

When hiring a company, you should:

  • Check insurance details – Some companies will provide insurance for your belongings when they are in transit, which protects you in case the worst may happen.
  • Read reviews – Third-party feedback from past customers is the best way to find out whether a company is reputable.
  • Check BAR membership – This is not vital, but membership with the British Association of Removers is a good way to check reputability.
  • Get quotes from several companies – Just like finding an estate agent, you should get quotes from as many as six removal companies to find the best price for the services you need.

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