For most buyers and sellers, moving to a new residence can be a stressful event. Here are some things you can do to minimize tension and worry during the moving process and make it more manageable:
* Cut back on your possessions as you pack. Make separate areas for items to be discarded, sold, or donated to charity.
* Label all boxes and color-code them by room, whether you pack yourself or have help. Otherwise, you'll never remember what's in each box.
* Order a moving van and make sure you have a firm bid in writing.
* Call utility companies to cancel current services and sign up for services in your new home.
* Cancel phone and cable service and arrange for service in your new home.
* Get referrals from your doctors, dentists, and veterinarians for new providers near your new home, if you are moving out of the area. Take your files with you instead of waiting for them to be sent.
* Have any necessary prescriptions filled and carry them with you.
* Arrange to move pets, including travel containers, immunization records, etc.
* Transfer checking and savings accounts. Empty safe-deposit boxes, pack items, and carry contents with you.
* Dispose of flammables and other hazardous materials.
* Moisten plants prior to packing.
* Back up your computer files and pack CDs in their cases.
* Drain fuel from lawnmowers and other equipment. Drain water hoses.
* Have the car serviced for the trip and have proof of insurance in the car.
* Pack a “first night” box that contains everything you'll need for the first night in your new home. Include bedding, cookware, utensils, toiletries, and anything else you can't do without before you are unpacked.
* Conduct a last-minute walk through. Check drawers, closets, basements and the garage.
* Make sure everything is turned off and locked up.
I hope this helps you organize your move to ensure you have everything you need. My goal is to handle all the details of the transaction, so all you need to do is pack and move. I'm always a phone call or email away if you have any questions and will be happy to help.
If you'd like additional tips or suggestions, please don't hesitate to call or email me.