Moving out of the House

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Now that the house is sold, you can breathe a sigh of relief.  However, you still may have moving concerns and this can be a headache in itself.  Before moving, determine who is going to pack and move you.  Will you do it all yourself, will you hire a professional or a combination of the two?  Because your realtor has been through this many times, they can typically give you some valuable advice.

  • Now is the time to inventory your things and determine if you can lighten the load.  If you don’t need it, donate it or get rid of it.  Many charities will come to pick up your goods so this is a convenient option.
  • Make sure all utilities are transferred to your new home or they are shut off entirely on your move date.  If there are any deposits outstanding, make sure those are forwarded to your new address.
  • Make sure you turn in a forwarding address to the post office and change your address with all your regular bills and periodicals.
  • Start planning your move when you decide to sell your home.  You can start packing boxes and non essential items immediately.  You can also take the time to clean out old items and things you don’t need.
  • Determine the type of mover you need based on where you will be going.  Local moves, interstate moves and international moves can all pose different challenges.
  • Make sure you have sufficient moving supplies including boxes, tape, markers and wrapping material.
  • Number and label all boxes and items to be moved so you have a complete inventory for when you arrive at your new destination.

Moving can be a stressful process but with some careful planning it can be done as easily as possible.  Create a checklist or use one from your realtor or moving company to make sure you have not forgotten anything.  Choose a mover who is qualified and has a good reputation but who also can do the job at a reasonable price.  Make sure to get your estimate in writing, check references, licenses, bonding and insurance. 

Once you are all packed up and ready to go, there are some things you should be sure not to forget no matter how short or long a move you are taking:

  • •Make sure you have enough money to cover expenses of moving and carry some cash in case of emergency
  • If you or anyone in your family is on medication, make sure those are readily available
  • Have activities and car games for everyone to keep occupied.  Kids enjoy games, toys and videos. 
  • Adults might like a book on tape.
  • Make sure you have needed contact numbers handy
  • Make sure your cell phone and computers are charged and accessible during the move
  • Enjoy your new home!

Selling a home can be a daunting task and there are many steps to take to complete the process.  Your realtor should help you through all the various steps and make it as smooth as possible.  When everything is complete, you will have sold your old home and be ready to start your new life in your new home.  Take some time to enjoy your new home and relax for a bit!

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