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What to Do if Your Move-In Date Gets Delayed: Tips for Staying Sane

Updated: Apr 19

When your move-in date gets delayed, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. However,  proactively addressing the situation is key. Contact your solicitor for advice, alert your removal company to explore storage and rescheduling options, arrange temporary accommodation, and handle the essential logistics. 


Remember to prioritise your well-being throughout this process, and know that with the right support (including from your removal company), you'll navigate this bump in the road and be celebrating in your new home soon enough.


What Causes Move-In Delays?


Unfortunately, several things can throw a spanner in the works of your carefully planned move:

  • Chain Challenges: Delays further up the chain causing a ripple effect, meaning the sellers of your new home can't move out as planned.

  • Last-Minute Issues: Surprises like necessary repairs, unresolved legal matters, or a cleaning situation at your new property.

  • New-Builds: Completion dates on new-build homes can be notoriously unpredictable.


Immediate Steps to Take


As soon as you find out your move-in date has been delayed, taking decisive action can help manage the situation and prevent further chaos.  Here's what to prioritise:


  • Contact Your Solicitor: Your first port of call should be your solicitor or conveyancer. They are best placed to advise you on the specific situation, potential legal implications, and what options you have.

  • Alert Your Removal Company:  Let your removal company know about the delay as soon as possible.  A reputable company will be flexible and willing to help.  Here's what you can discuss:

  • Storage Options: If the delay is minor, your removal company may be able to offer short-term storage for your belongings.

  • Rescheduling Your Move: While there might be additional fees, see if it's possible to reschedule for the revised move-in date.

  • Update Utilities and Services:  Contact your utility providers (gas, electricity, water) and any subscription services you have to inform them about the revised move-in date. This avoids issues with billing and ensures there's no interruption in service when you finally do move into your new home.


Knowing what to do next will help you regain a sense of control amidst the unexpected delay.



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Options for Temporary Accommodation


Finding a place to stay last-minute can be one of the most stressful aspects of a moving delay. The best option for you will depend on the expected length of the delay and your budget. Here are some possibilities:


  • Hotels/Short-Term Rentals: For relatively short delays, a hotel might be the most convenient solution. Consider booking platforms like Airbnb, Booking.com, or similar websites to find short-term rentals that offer flexibility and sometimes more affordable rates than hotels.

  • Friends and Family: If you're lucky enough to have friends or family nearby who are willing to host you, this can be a lifesaver. It's particularly helpful if the delay is expected to be very short.

  • Storage Solutions:  Your removal company may offer convenient storage options for your belongings. This can be extremely helpful if you need to move out of your current home but your new place isn't ready. Choose a company that offers secure and climate-controlled storage facilities to safeguard your possessions.


Hotels/Short-Term Rentals:



Friends and Family: If you're lucky enough to have friends or family nearby who are willing to host you, this can be a lifesaver. It's particularly helpful if the delay is expected to be very short.


Storage Solutions:  Your removal company may offer convenient storage options for your belongings. This can be extremely helpful if you need to move out of your current home but your new place isn't ready yet. Choose a company that offers secure and climate-controlled storage facilities to safeguard your possessions.


Cost Considerations


A moving delay can unfortunately result in unexpected additional expenses. It's helpful to anticipate these potential costs so you can adjust your budget accordingly.  Here's a table summarising what to consider:

Cost Type

Potential Factors

Temporary Accommodation

Length of delay, type of accommodation (hotel vs. rental vs. friends/family), location, peak vs. off-season rates

Storage Fees

Duration of storage, the volume of belongings, type of storage (climate-controlled, etc.)

Rescheduling your Move

Fees charged by the removal company, the urgency of the change, additional labour costs

Food and Transport

Increased costs if staying away from home, reliance on takeaways, public transport, taxi services

Contractual Penalties

Check your purchase/rental contract for any potential penalty clauses related to delayed completion


Tip: Contact your removal company to discuss storage options and any rescheduling fees upfront. Ask hotels or rental providers about weekly or monthly discounts for a longer stay.


Important Considerations: Wherever you choose to stay temporarily, factor in costs and proximity to work, schools, or other essential locations.


Handle the Logistics


While frustrating, a move-in delay doesn't have to completely derail your plans. Taking care of the logistical headaches as much as possible will help reduce stress and make the transition smoother whenever it does happen.

  • Essential Supplies: Pack a "moving delay survival kit" containing all the necessities you'll need while in temporary accommodation. This includes toiletries, a change of clothes, medications, chargers, important documents, and any other essentials for a few days or longer.

  • Pet/Childcare Arrangements:  If you have pets or children, factor in their temporary care during this time.  Can they stay with friends or family?  Do you need to arrange alternative childcare, or seek out a pet-friendly hotel or rental?

  • Communication is Key:  Maintain open lines of communication with all parties involved – your solicitor, estate agents, the previous occupants, and anyone else connected to the completion.  Staying updated will help speed up a resolution, and reduce the stress of uncertainty.


Pro Tip: A dedicated notebook or a shared online document can be useful for keeping track of all communication, important dates, and temporary arrangements you've made.


Protecting Your Mental Well-Being


It's completely normal to feel stressed, frustrated, and even a little panicked when your move-in plans go sideways.   Beyond the practicalities, it's essential to take care of your mental and emotional well-being during this time.


  • Acknowledge Your Feelings:  Bottling up frustration will only make things worse.  Allow yourself to feel the emotions that come up, but try not to let them consume you.

  • Focus on What You Can Control: There are aspects of the situation that are likely out of your hands.  Instead of fixating on those, channel your energy into the things you can control –  like finding suitable accommodation and handling logistical tasks.

  • Lean on Your Support System: Don't hesitate to ask for help, both practical and emotional. Friends, family, and even your removal company might be able to offer assistance with tasks, childcare, or simply a listening ear and words of encouragement.


Remember: Delays, while incredibly frustrating, are often temporary setbacks. Taking care of yourself and proactively addressing the  challenges will get you through to the other side!


Beyond the Delay: Getting You Settled


Although move-in delays can be a major source of stress, remember that you're not powerless in this situation. By taking swift action, exploring your options, and prioritising your mental well-being, you can navigate this unexpected hurdle.


our removal company is there to support you, offering both storage solutions and flexible scheduling to help make this transition less chaotic.  And remember, soon enough, the stress of the delay will fade and you'll be settling into your new home!


...And remember, soon enough, the stress of the delay will fade, and you'll be settling into your new home! Let Denix Moving help make the transition smooth. Contact us today for storage solutions, West London removal services with flexible scheduling, and the support you need to minimise disruption throughout your move.





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