The following tips might help you plan a successful move:
2 weeks out
Ø Coordinate with your buyer regarding the transfer of utilities. Typically, the seller will cancel the utilities one day after the move.
Ø Make sure you have arrangements for a place to stay after the closing, unless you have arranged to rent the home back from the buyer.
1 week out
Ø Close safe-deposit box.
Ø Important papers, jewelry or other valuables must be moved by you personally.
Ø If you are moving to another state and your banking institution is local, consider closing or transferring your savings account. Keep your checking account active until you open a new account in your new town.
Ø Order meals for family and movers.
Ø Pack essentials and important papers where you can transport them personally or can easily find them. Mark the boxes carefully.
Ø Clean out your fridge. Don’t wait until the last moment.
Ø Carefully review the bill of lading.
Ø Note the cell phone number and other contact information of the movers.
Ø If your house is not sold yet, make sure a relative and the real estate agent have keys.
Ø Plan for meals and childcare.
Ø Assign responsibilities to different family members, including someone waiting at the new home for the movers.
Ø Make sure boxes are properly marked, especially those containing important papers or immediate necessities.
Ø Be sure to leave all spare keys and garage door openers on the kitchen counter for the buyers.
Ø Make sure your agent has your new contact information, in case any issues arise with the sale of your home, which you must address.
Ø Hire a maid service to clean after the move.