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Moving Tips

Selling your home and moving to a new one has unique challenges. This collection of moving tips will help ensure a smooth transition.

Tips For Your Move

Whether you’ve moved once or a dozen times, packing everything you own and moving it to a new place is never an easy process. Here are some hints that we hope you will find helpful as you prepare for moving day.

  • Ensure the agreement is clear about when you relinquish possession to the buyers since this is not always immediately at closing.  The specifics are often dependent on the arrangements for your next home so be sure to coordinate this with Ted from the outset.  By doing so he can negotiate the contract terms in your best interests.
  • Start planning early. From the moment you decide to put your home up for sale, start sorting through your current possessions. Toss, donate, or sell anything you don’t want to take with you. A pre-listing garage sale is a great way to get rid of much of what is no longer needed and declutter at the same time.
  • Make a list of important items you will need to buy for your new house, such as drapes, blinds, shower curtains, etc. Having these things with you on the day you move helps you settle in more comfortably.

 

Before Moving

1. Submit Change of Address Notices

  • Post Office
  • Banks, Credit Cards, Cellular, and Other Monthly Bills
  • Insurance – auto, home, life
  • Employer
  • Subscriptions – newspaper, magazines
  • Friends / Family

2. Utilities

  • Schedule turn off of Gas, Water, Electric, Telephone, Cable / Satellite. Make sure to request refunds of any outstanding deposits.
  • Schedule turn on at new residence.

3. Finances

  • Find a new bank if necessary.
  • Arrange auto-debit of bills and direct deposit of paychecks.
  • Arrange check-cashing and coordinate credit references if necessary.

4. Medical

  • Obtain referrals for new doctors, dentists, veterinarians, etc.
  • Obtain copy of any medical records and / or prescriptions with current physicians, eye-doctors, dentists, etc.

5. Packing

  • If using a moving company check for: insurance coverage, payment schedule, other shipping documents, arrival day, labor, prep work to be accomplished beforehand. Check references and the BBB.
  • If you are moving, have plenty of boxes, tape, and packing materials on hand. Pack as much as possible in advance.
  • Empty and clean the freezer and refrigerator.

Moving Day

1. Submit Change of Address Notices

  • Post Office
  • Banks, Credit Cards, Cellular, and Other Monthly Bills
  • Insurance – auto, home, life
  • Employer
  • Subscriptions – newspaper, magazines
  • Friends / Family

2. Utilities

  • Schedule turn off of Gas, Water, Electric, Telephone, Cable / Satellite. Make sure to request refunds of any outstanding deposits.
  • Schedule turn on at new residence.

3. Finances

  • Find a new bank if necessary.
  • Arrange auto-debit of bills and direct deposit of paychecks.
  • Arrange check-cashing and coordinate credit references if necessary.

4. Medical

  • Obtain referrals for new doctors, dentists, veterinarians, etc.
  • Obtain copy of any medical records and / or prescriptions with current physicians, eye-doctors, dentists, etc.

5. Packing

  • If using a moving company check for: insurance coverage, payment schedule, other shipping documents, arrival day, labor, prep work to be accomplished beforehand. Check references and the BBB.
  • If you are moving, have plenty of boxes, tape, and packing materials on hand. Pack as much as possible in advance.
  • Empty and clean the freezer and refrigerator.

At Your New Home

1. Utilities

  • Check that all utilities have been turned on as scheduled.
  • Check pilot lights on stove, water heater, furnace.

2. Automobile

  • Change your address on your driver’s license
  • If you’ve moved to a new state, have your car registered within the first week to avoid possible penalties.
  • Apply for a new driver’s license.

3. Remember

  • Register children in new school
  • Locate new doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.

Helpful Tip

Organize like items together and mark every box and carton. This makes it easier if you find you need an item before you move, and much simpler after you move. Unpacking tends to be a gradual process–this simple step will help you find the items you need when you need them