Loads to think about? Don't forget the essentials. To download our checklists, you'll need to have Adobe Reader on your computer. You can download a copy free of charge from the Adobe website.

Buying a home

Things to ask a mortgage adviser

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.

Home buyers checklist

Looking at a flat or house to buy? Take this checklist with you to make sure it's right for you.

Dealing with the council

Do's and don'ts of applying for benefits

Paying for a home can be expensive, certain benefits may be able to help you meet these costs - use this checklist when applying for benefits.

Information to include with a housing benefit claim

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.

Finding a place

Accommodation options in Scotland

Renting or buying? Council housing or private let? Check out the pros and cons of different housing options here.

Rental properties checklist

Looking for a place to rent? It's hard to remember all the things to look out for when you go and see a new property. This useful checklist has all the essential questions you'll want to ask the landlord, and all the potential problems to look out for.

Going to court

Raising a small claims action checklist

You can download our handy checklist of things to do if you're taking someone to court using small claims procedure.

Leaving home

Leaving home for the first time

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.

Leaving home in a hurry

If you're experiencing problems at home and want to leave as soon as you can, download this essential leaving home information to take with you.

Living with a partner

Moving in together

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.

Splitting up

Separating from your husband, wife or partner is never going to be easy. At the same time as coping with the emotional fallout, you will also find yourself faced with a lot of practical and potentially distressing decisions concerning your home, your financial circumstances and your children. This checklist provides an overview of the things you'll need to think about.

Moving home

Essential items for a new home

Use this checklist to make sure your new home has everything you need - and don't forget the teabags!

Things to do when you move home

Moving home is always stressful - make things easier by using this handy checklist.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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