Getting the keys... at last!
You've finally made it through the home buying process and now you can collect your keys. Congratulations!
Here are some common questions and answers to what's ahead for you.
Who has the keys?
Both your and the seller's solicitors will have negotiated where the keys will be available to collect. They often choose a place that is most convenient for you, such as your solicitor's office. If an estate agent handled the sale then they are the ones that will probably have the keys so you can call to arrange it with them.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
In case you are asked for ID we suggest bringing some along with you. The agent or solicitor may want to verify it so they know they're giving the keys to the right person.
If I am not available can somebody else collect the keys for me?
Simply let your solicitor or the agent know that you are sending a friend or family member to take your place and that should be fine.
I’ve got my keys. What do I do now?
You have the keys but it's still not quite the time to relax. Here are the tasks we suggest doing right now:
Change the locks: Since you don't know how many copies of your keys are out there it's a good idea to change your locks as soon as you can.
Thinking about what home improvements need to be done: Before you start moving boxes and furniture in think about what work you need to do. It's much easier to paint, get the walls plastered or upgrade the plumbing with no belongings in the way.
Get a deep clean: This is something you can do yourself, but if you want to save time there are many professional companies that offer this service.
Say hi to the neighbours: Making relationships with your neighbours is really important. They will have great tips and contacts for handymen, babysitters and other services you may need. It also helps make the house feel like your home when you become part of the community.