Congratulations on the successful purchase of your new home!
You have almost reached the end of this particular journey, and all that separates you from the finish line are a few more key events. One of these events, is the moving process. Moving can be an incredibly time-consuming and stressful experience for all involved. A successful move requires ensuring that ket details are taken care of, step-by-step. Your NPG family has found that breaking the moving process down into steps makes this process more manageable, and affords you the opportunity to arrange your time accordingly. As a result, we thought we would take the time to share out tips for moving with you, in the hopes that this eases what is often a high-stress moment in your real estate process.
- Arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address
- Forward or stop all deliveries to your home (don't forget to forward any subscriptions to magazines or newspapers either!)
- Disconnect or take care of the utilities, cable, and phone services and accounts
- Arrange for utilities to be ported over to your new home, or connected prior to occupancy
- Cancel pre-authorized bill payments for anything tied to your old home
- Discard or sell any unnecessary items in your home (now is a great time to declutter!)
- Do a walk-through of your home before packing, and take inventory of what it is you are going to be taking with you. Plan a course of action for what will be packed first (valuables and anything non-essential), making sure that you leave the everyday items until the very last.
- As mentioned in the above section on 'household', plan your packing
- Start by purchasing or acquiring suitable container for your materials. You might want to consider containers that are air-tight and waterproof for clothes, blankets, or other fabrics.
- Most moving companies have specialized containers you can purchase - try talking to them to see what they might have available
- Know someone who has recently moved? Ask to see whether you might be able to take, borrow, or purchase any of the boxes they were using.
- Don't forget to collect other packing materials. Will you need any of the following?
- Tissue Paper
- Bubble Wrap
- White Paper
- Packing Tape
- Labels and stickers
- Permanent Markers (the extra-thick nibs are the best for writing on boxes!)
- Notebook and pen for keeping track of boxes and their contents (I highly recommend numbering your boxes, and keeping track of their contents...just in case anything seems to have been misplaced)
- Time-management for packing is huge. Many of us put it off until the very last second, which may cause us extra stress. Plan accordingly, setting SMART goals: Be specific, make the goal measurable, ensure that the goals are achievable, relevant, and, of course, timely.
- Use the food in your pantry and freezer, allowing their contents to dictate what is going to be on your menu up until move day (this means less to pack!)
- If you are planning to move rugs, give them a good clean before rolling and wrapping - your rugs will be nice and clean for your new home
- Special arrangements might be needed for moving both pets and plants. Consider reaching out to friends and family, or services, beforehand
- Clean any and all appliances that you are going to be taken with you. If you are going to service them, it might be best to do so after the move. This will hopefully help to prevent the need for re-servicing after the move, due to any issues during transit. Ensure that you are follow local protocols and laws containing the moving of gas appliances and containers
Insurance and Legal Matters
- Notify your insurance company well in advance of your move into your new home, and ask them to review your policy. Make sure your insurance covers your ownership from the time you take possession - don't delay!
- Review your moving company's insurance policy, and read their contract. Some moving companies will offer a free consultation, in order to provide you with a free assessment of costs prior to booking.
- If you are presently renting your property, ensure that you give appropriate notice to your landlord
- Have all keys to your old home returned to the landlord (record the date and time), or deliver them to your lawyer or realtor (if you have sold your old home. Ensure that you record the date and time).
- When taking possession of your new home, NPG highly recommends that you always change the locks to your new property. We take your safety and security very seriously, and will always make this suggestion whether you are now living in an apartment, or a single-family home.
- If you are installing an alarm, or other services, ensure that you book these services with enough time to accommodate your needs.
- Change the address on your driver's license
- Change the billing address for credit cards
- Change the address for any and all banking statements
- Leave a record of security codes for new occupants, in addition to manuals for any of the electronics in the home
- Update all of your information at your Health Clinic, Dental Clinic, and so forth
- Make sure that any library books currently taken out are returned prior to moving (avoid the possibility of any fines for lost books!)
- If your children are attending a new school, it would be a great idea to look into what is required of you to transfer them. This includes all of the necessary paperwork
Don't forget to e-mail your family and friends of the change to your address. This is a special moment in your life, and I'm sure there are those who would love to share in it with you!
House-warming party, anyone?? (Check back for some great housewarming ideas!)
That's all we have for the moment. We really hope the above information either assists you in the moving process in one form or another, or, at the very least, affirms you in your knowledge that you've got this covered! Breathe, smile, and enjoy your new home!!
Wishing you the very best,
Your NPG Family.