Before packing any of your properties into your new house, it’s essential to ensure that everything is just as it should be.  You may have listed some repairs you expected – or this may be the first time you've seen the house empty.

Take some moment to move around with a jotter and check all of the sockets for obvious signs of wear and tear and look for damage that you may otherwise be liable for.

Make sure that all cupboards are empty, free of mold, damp or bad smells, and keep a close note of what were the electricity, water and gas stopcocks are.  While checking this, you'll likewise be getting a feel of the position you can put any furniture, how to get it up any stairs or even just into the house. 

Write down any damage or issues you have to be deliberated with whomever you're dealing with – it’s vital to have these notes before taking anything in so that you can get the issues fixed as soon as possible.

In case you are letting from a landlord, he will give you a list of any fixtures, fittings, and furniture he's leaving – it’s very popular nowadays for landlords to leave 'white goods' – appliances for kitchen, like a freezer, fridge, cooker and washing machine.

If you are letting, your landlord should likewise give you contact details, emergency maintenance numbers and any paperwork concerning these emergency maintenances that may be important to you.  You may likewise want to get bank information’s or arrange a good time to come and take rent.  Any final paperwork can be signed now, and then you can begin making your new place your own.

Also, you should make sure that the central heating and boiler are correctly working and collect any manuals for these from the previous tenant – these manuals will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.