Don't Forget the Cat!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

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!  

Moving Day!

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!







Comments (7)

Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Nice list of what to do, Donna. suggested. And, I hope they don't forget that cute kitty.

Dec 02, 2013 09:52 AM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Toni - thanks for stopping by and for the suggested post!  I actually have heard of a few cases where the new buyer agreed to keep the cat because the sellers could not take kitty with them.

Dec 02, 2013 09:40 PM
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Donna -- Good point on doubling the time you think it's going to take. It's a big job and takes a lot more time than you think. Great tips.

Dec 07, 2013 05:30 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Great tips Donna...there is so much to remember!

Jan 30, 2014 03:14 AM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Yes, such a busy time for most!

Jan 30, 2014 06:30 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

So true Donna, I moved into a house once with dishes & silverware in the dishwasher & clothes in the dryer!  I could not believe it...oh, a handgun in the kitchen drawer too!

Feb 11, 2014 10:48 PM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Ginny - what a surprise that must have been!  :)

Feb 11, 2014 11:40 PM

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