Whether you are a first time home buyer or are making your first move in years, there are a few important steps to consider right around your closing date.
BEFORE YOUR MOVE:
- Hire a reputable, insured moving company well in advance.. Make sure to confirm what day they will pack, load, transport, and unpack your goods. Not all moving trucks go straight from Point A to Point B so plan your time frame in advance.
- Pack your important documents and personal items to travel with you, not a moving company. Make sure to also speak with your mortgage lender before packing important documents to ensure have everything you need to close on your home in your possession, not trapped on a moving van.
- Before the movers arrive, pack a few boxes of “essential items” you will want to unpack in your new home first. This may include linens, pots and pans, plates and utensils, etc.
- Submit a change of address request to the United States Postal Service via the paper form you can pick up in any post office or online by clicking here. Making the change online will require you to charge $1 to a credit card to confirm your address information.
ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR MOVE
- Arrange for your current utilities to be cancelled and notify providers of date of final meter reading. Contact your new utility companies in advance to arrange for services to be turned on. Some companies will not let you make arrangements until the day you close but others (such as cable) may require advanced notice to schedule a service provider to come out and set up service.
- Consider pest control. If your home was empty while on the market, extra critters may have made themselves at home. Consider arranging an early pest control visit.
- Change the address on your driver’s license, auto registration, voter’s registration, credit cards, with your doctors, veterinarian, utility providers, cell phones, reward/coupon programs.
- Once you have the keys in hand, change the locks and install deadbolts if you are able.
- Ensure your smoke alarms work and purchase carbon monoxide detectors from your local home improvement store if they are not already present.
- Buy Fire Extinguishers.
- Locate all the emergency shut offs in your home (i.e. power, water, and gas. Also, know the location of your main and any sub electrical panel boxes.
- Make sure your new home is child and pet-proofed.
- Before the movers arrive, familiarize yourself with the company’s “Claim Policy” so you know what your job will be the day your goods arrive. How long after delivery day do you have to make a claim on damaged goods?
- Also before movers arrive, plan where major pieces of furniture will be oriented in each room so you do not have to move things twice.
- Check and, if necessary, change the HVAC filters throughout your home.
- Check the pilot lights on your stove, water heater, gas fireplace, and furnace.
- Ensure all hazardous items are stored properly. Cans of paint and other flammable substances should be stored away from pilot lights, stoves, water heaters and not in “hot” garages.
- Buy the “essentials” so you are comfortable in your new home. A few examples include: toilet paper, toothpaste, plastic plates, cups and utensils.
Last, but not least…. Invite your family and friends over for a housewarming party and ENJOY your new home!