It is that time of year again! The spring season is a great time to get moving and get ready to enjoy your new home.
Sometimes, moving can be quite stressful if you do not prepare and plan ahead. Just remember to always give yourself enough time and planning. I have a few tips to remember to make your move stress free.
As Soon as You Know a Moving Date
•If you’re hiring movers, get price estimates and a list of services. Place your order when you know you have a firm move date.
•If you’re moving yourself, check moving truck prices and reserve a truck.
4-6 Weeks Before Moving
•Keep packing if you’re doing the work yourself. If movers will pack you ask the moving company for advice on the best ways to prepare.
•Contact people who work for you on a regular basis, such as pool maintenance companies and gardeners, to cancel their services. Leave their business cards for new owners.
•Place reference manuals for major appliances in a kitchen cabinet or drawer where new owners will find them. Label extra keys and place in the drawer.
2 Weeks Before Moving
•Call utility companies and arrange for meter readings on the day of closing so that all services after that date are the responsibility of the new owner. The new owner should also notify utilities of the switchover and set up new accounts.
•Have utilities disconnected at closing if the new owner does not establish accounts.
•Stop auto delivery of propane gas or fuel unless it is really needed.
•Arrange to discontinue your telephone service on the day of closing. Give your cell phone number or another contact number to everyone associated with the move and real estate closing, just in case they need to reach you after the home phone has been disconnected.
•Arrange to disconnect your satellite or cable TV coverage.
•Now do just the opposite to begin establishing services at your new home.
•File a change of address notice at the post office, making it effective on your moving date or a few days before.
•Notify your creditors, magazine subscriptions, friends and family, doctors, dentists and others of your new address.
•Schedule a cancellation date or new address for newspaper deliveries.
•If you’re moving out of the area, start picking up items out for cleaning or repair. Return library books and rented DVDs and videos. Arrange to have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.
•Start an essentials box or two–all the things you’ll need immediately after you unload at your new location, such as toiletries, a broom, towels, sheets, blankets, a change of clothes and nightware.
•Find certificates verifying that your pets are up-to-date on required vaccinations. Gather other important documents and plan to carry them with you on the day of moving.
•Open a bank account at your new location, or, if you’re staying in the area, order checks with your new address.
1 Week Before Moving
•Confirm that your closing is still on track and handle tasks required by your closing agent.
•Confirm moving and delivery dates with movers or check your truck reservation.
•Clean each room thoroughly as you finish packing. Don’t forget major appliances. Wait to pack your vacuum and other tools necessary for last-minute cleaning on moving day.
•Arrange to cancel existing homeowner’s insurance coveage after the closing is complete and you no longer own the property. If there’s a delay, call your insurance agent immediately.
•Arrange for someone to read the level of propane gas or fuel oil in tanks that remain on the property if your sales contract requires the new owners to pay you market price for the fuel.
On Moving Day
•Walk through every part of the house to find stray items, opening cabinet and closet doors.
•Make sure you have keys to your new home.
•Supervise movers as they load, then again at delivery to make sure boxes and other items go to the right rooms at your new home.
•Watch for damaged items or damaged boxes. Note all damage on the mover’s bill of lading and ask the supervising person to sign off on the notation.
•Unpack your essentials box–then try to relax for awhile before you start the big unpacking job.
If you’ve ever moved you know there’s more to it than this! Transporting pets, plants and people in a comfortable way should top your list, and nearly everything you cancel at your old home must be started again at the new location.
Please Remember these tips and your move should go smoothly.
Scott Myers, Century 21 Scott Myers, Realtors