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If you are new to the property market and have just bought your first home, then let me bid you congratulations. Ahead of your upcoming move, you probably have a lot on your mind and are starting to think about moving into your new abode.

It’s all very exciting, but we also appreciate that moving house can be challenging, especially if you haven’t moved house before. We have been in the removals business for a significant number of years and consider ourselves experts when it comes to moving home, so we feel confident when it comes to sharing our advice with you.

If you are new to moving house, I’m sure you will find these tips for first time buyers helpful and I hope that they will contribute to a successful move.

6 moving tips for first time buyers 

Tip 1: Cut the clutter

If you are a student moving into a flat for your first year of University it might be worth just packing the essentials, so clothes, toiletries, a few books and your laptop etc.  Once you find a more permanent flat in second year, you could then think about moving all your belongings out of your parents house.

If you are moving in with your partner or flatmate, you will more than likely have duplicate items, so you might want to consider putting some of your belonging in storage or selling them.  You also need to take into account the amount of room you have in your new place and if you can fit all your belongings into that space.

If you are moving into your first flat or house of your own, then you will probably want to pack up everything to make your new place feel like your own.

My top tip is take what you need and leave behind what you no longer require.  Less is definitely more in the removals business, basically the fewer items you have the more cost effective it will be to move house. So if you don’t use it, lose it.

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Tip 2: Set up utilities, phone and internet at your new address

Setting up utilities, phone and internet at your new address can seem like a headache, but it doesn’t have to be.  It’s actually quite simple to do with the help of price comparison websites.  You can compare all the deals out there, specify your requirements and find the right deal for you.

After that, its a case of arranging for installation and setting up your direct debit or payment method.

Tip 3: Don’t forget pay the rent or mortgage

If you are not usually responsible for the bills, then paying the rent or mortgage should always be your top priority. Payments are usually taken at the first of the month or first working day of the month, so all you need to is ensure you have enough funds in your bank account to pay for it.

Tip 4: DIY move – can you move yourself?

It’s most likely that if this is your first house, you won’t have as much possessions as someone who has lived in their own home for 15 years or so.  Therefore you could think about moving yourself – if you are up to the job.  However, if you have too much to fit into your car and might be considering hiring a small van to move all your belongings.

If you would like to compare which option is best for you, read our helpful article ‘removals company vs white van man vs DIY: which is better?‘.

You may have decided that you want to hire a removals company, and the first question that most people have is around costs. You can get a good idea of what to expect by reading How much do removal companies cost? right here on our website.

Tip 5: Furnished or unfurnished – the big debate…

Whether your new home comes with or without furniture, you are still likely to buy bits and pieces or big ticket items. If you know you are going to need big items like a bed or sofa, make sure you measure the space first to make sure it fits! Make sure you order it before you move in, so it will be delivered on the day of your move, or a few days later.

TIp 6: Think about budgeting and saving your money

It really pays to think about budgeting to make your money go further. This is important if you are going to be living on your own, as you will be solely responsible for the bills that come in.  Before you move, it is worth drafting a budget to make sure your outgoings will not exceed your incomings – that you can pay your rent and all the other essential living costs.

I know it can seem like a chore and the last thing you want to do when you move into your first house.  However, you need to know where you stand financially and try to save something for a rainy day.

I do hope you find these moving tips for first time buyers helpful and I wish you all the very best in your new home.

Happy moving!

John Kilgour Managing Director - Fife Group

John Kilgour

Managing Director

Fife Group



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