Loads to think about? Don't forget the essentials. Our handy checklists and forms are designed to help you during busy or stressful times. Simply download and print them off, then keep them close at hand as a useful reference.
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Take this checklist with you when you go and look at new places. It tells you what to look out for inside the property and in the area, and helps you work out house costs.Checklist - Assessing rental properties
Looking at a flats or houses to buy? Take a copy of this checklist with you to each viewing to help you compare them objectively.Checklist - Assessing properties to buy
With such a wide range of different mortgages on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. This download lists questions to ask when you go and see a mortgage adviser, to help you make the right decision.Checklist – Questions to ask mortgage advisers
If you or a member of your family is disabled, you may be looking for a home that is accessible, or that can be adapted to suit your needs. Use the accessibility checklist to find out whether a property is right for you.Checklist - Accessibility
Moving home is always stressful - make things easier by using this handy checklist.Checklist – Moving to a new home
Paying for a home can be expensive. Certain benefits may be able to help you meet these costs - use this list of DOs and DON’Ts when applying for benefits.Checklist - Applying for benefits
When you're filling in a housing benefit claim form, you may need to back your answers up with additional information. This checklist shows the things the housing benefit department might want to see.Checklist - Items to support a benefit claim
If you're making a homeless application to the council, it'll speed things up if you're well prepared. Use this checklist to find out what you need to take with you.Checklist - Items to support a homeless application
Leaving home for the first time is a big step, so you'll need to make sure you're well prepared. This handy checklist has all the things you'll need to think about before you take the plunge.Checklist - Preparing to leave home
Moving in with your partner can be exciting and fun. However, it's important that you think carefully about the implications: living together as a couple can affect your finances and your right to stay in your home. This download lists the things you'll need to think about.Checklist - Moving in together
This checklist gives you an overview of everything you need to know about safety in the home, including how to fit alarms, check appliances, and what to do in an emergency.Checklist - Gas and fire safety
This simple document could help you get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy. Use our sample inventory to record the contents and condition of the property before you move in. Whether your landlord is required to put your money in a Government-backed tenancy deposit scheme or not, an inventory can protect you.Sample inventory