Spring is the season for buying and selling, and many people who have taken the property journey during those months are now about to receive the keys to their new properties, excited to move in and unpack their personal effects before the Christmas rush.
Create a Plan
If you are looking for a new property – or just bought one – the end of the year can give you a headache when it comes to getting anything accomplished, including getting all the necessary utilities connections.
Your delight in having a new home can make you ignore the reality that it takes time to arrange for gas, water, electricity, etc. So make sure to allocate enough time before the Christmas shutdowns to ensure you don’t have a dark Christmas.
Are you Renovating?
If you plan to renovate, decide if you need designs drawn up.
As some builders and contractors extend their leaves over the holiday period, make sure you sign on one who can finish work by your deadline and account for holiday breaks.
Are there works that need to be completed before you can move in?
If the work warrants a designer – whether an interior or building designer, initiate talks with them as soon as you plunk down the deposit. The sooner you talk with the designer, the sooner you can get the ideas and begin preparations.
Your designer can tell you the type of permits that you need, if any, and the timeframes you can secure the approval.
Let Everyone Know the Plan and the Timeframe
It will be less stress and hassle for you if you are able to give more time and warning to your trades. You don’t have to worry about your budget and whether work will be done at this of the year.
Your tradespeople can be an added source of information and skill, so build a good relationship with them from the very beginning and confer about attainable timeframes.
You’re better off having a clear knowledge of expectations, than to hold back and feel dissatisfied later on.
Make a To Do List
Here’s an example of a do list you can use. You can customise it based on the type of property you purchase.
- Take a look at the utilities in your new property – do you have power only or do you also have gas?
- Does the property require some repairs? Have you called a professional to change the locks?
- If the property is a new build, consider putting fly screens and security doors. Most newly built properties won’t have these features because they are not mandatory.
- Have you ordered carpets, curtains and other furnishings or new furniture? Make sure you check the latest date that you can have these items installed or delivered around Christmas or early in January, as several businesses are not open during this period.
Be organised – this is the key to feeling relaxed and stressed free in your new residence when the holidays are in full swing.
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