Spring has always been a popular time to buy and sell, and many people who took a step in their property journey over the last few months will now be close to getting the keys to their new properties, keen to move in and get unpacked before Christmas gets too crazy!
Plan tasks & make lists
If you’re in the market for a new property – or if you’ve just purchased – the end of the year can be a challenging timeline when it comes to get any work done, including all your necessary utilities connections.
It’s easy, in the excitement and effort of securing your new home, to forget the time it takes to organise gas, water, power, etc. So be sure to give yourself plenty of time pre-Christmas shutdowns to ensure you don’t spend the holidays by candlelight!
Planning to renovate?
If you’re planning some renovations consider if you need designs prepared.
Some builders and contractors take extended leave over the Christmas period and so make sure you find one who can meet your deadlines and account for holiday delays.
Are there building works to be done before you can move in?
If you need a designer, whether it’s an interior or a building designer, begin the discussion as soon as you’ve put down the deposit. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can get the ideas and preparation underway.
Your designer will be able to advise of the type of permits you require, if any, and estimated time-frames for approval.
Get everyone on the same page
The more time and warning you can give your tradies, the better off you will be; in your pocket and also in terms of getting the work done this time of year.
Consider your tradespeople as an additional source of information and expertise – establish a good relationship with them from the outset and discuss realistic time-frames.
It’s better to have a clear understanding of expectations, than to hold back and be disappointed later.
It’s best to make yourself a to-do list.
Here’s an example list for you to go by (tailor it depending on the type of property you buy):
- Consider your new property’s utilities – do you have gas or only electricity?
- Are there any necessary repairs? Have you arranged to change the locks?
- If it’s a new development you may want to consider fly screens and security doors; most new developments won’t have these included, as they are not mandatory.
- Have you ordered new furnishings, like carpet or curtains and blinds or new furniture? You’ll need to check the latest date that you can have these items installed or delivered around Christmas or early in January, as many businesses will close during this time.
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