The day has arrived! Boxes are piled high. The checklist complete, almost. Newspaper and mail has been rerouted. Electricity and gas service will cease. Cable is off, no more TV. Beds have been disassembled. Moving day is here!
How is it, with so much planning that there is still so much to be done? The moving truck is due in an hour. Oh, yes the curtains must still come down. Food is in the fridge, maybe the new buyers will appreciate it, or not. Remember to take the clothes out of the dryer, the cycle is almost done.
Having been a Realtor for over twenty years I have witnessed this scene many times. Homeowners often underestimate the time it takes to pack up a house Whether you have hired professional movers or are doing it yourself, double the time you think it will take.
Here are a few tips to help your move go smoothly:
- Three to four weeks before closing notify your insurance company of your pending move.
- Contact your utilitiy and cable companies a few weeks before closing and inform them of your moving date.
- Go onlline or stop by the post office to let them know of your change of address
- Cancel any lawn services or newspaper deliveries that you may have.
- Oil tank (if applicable). Arrange for the oil company to take a reading of the amount of oil in the tank for a reimbursement from the buyers.
- Check your contract for appliances or accessories that should remain.
- Hire a cleaning company or allow for time after the house has been emptied to leave the home broom swept, shiny and clean for the new buyer.
Best wishes on your next adventure!