How to Prepare for a Move!
Moving day is fast approaching and there are a few things that are often overlooked until crunch time. Over the years, I’ve found a variety of things at walk-throughs that Sellers have forgotten; some items included a washer and dryer filled with clothes, food in kitchen cabinets, an entire load of dishes in the dishwasher and once, someone forgot to pack their attic. Let’s review some essentials to make your transition easier.
Protecting your privacy
is paramount and making sure your mail is directed to your new home in time for the move is the best way to make sure no one has access to your information. Other options to consider include signing up for electronic billing to make sure nothing has the opportunity to be lost in the mail or opening a PO box to make sure your mail is being delivered to a secure destination before you even leave your current home.
Insurance, taxes and driver’s licenses all will need to be updated with the new address. If you’re moving in Spring or Summer to a town with a beach, ask your agent for information on how to get a beach pass so you don’t miss the chance to check out a peaceful shoreline sunset. If you’re moving out of state, don’t forget to research new doctors and prepare to have your files transferred.
Moving kits are available with color coded tape to easily identify the destination for each box. For example, kitchen tape might be yellow and labelled “Kitchen” to facilitate unpacking. Start packing the things you seldom use and as closing date approaches, pack the more essential items. Living off of paper plates is the easiest way to guarantee the dishwasher won’t be filled with dishes at the walk-through after you’ve eaten up all the food in your cabinets!
Pack a box of your favorite things that you’ll feel better moving yourself. This might include anything from your passport to sentimental items. Before you leave the house for the last time, take five minutes to go through the house from attic to basement and check for any personal items you might have forgotten. If you’re too overwhelmed with the stress and emotion of the transition, ask your Realtor to stop by and check the house for you.