This is the 12th step to buying a home.
Moving day will come sooner than you think, so get planning now.
"Closing date" often means moving date
Unless you have major repairs or renovations planned, you probably want to move in the day you take possession. If you intend to move at the end of the month, contact a moving company or truck rental company now before they're all booked. If you can move mid-week or mid-month, a moving company might cut you a deal.
Go with a reputable moving company
We've all heard moving horror stories. Go with an established, insured mover, so your items are protected.
Pack it yourself, and pack early
Nobody will take the same care you will. Start early and spread it out over many days. Label all your boxes by room so the movers know where to put them, and label anything that's fragile.
Do you really need to take that with you?
A new home is a new lease on life, and a chance to liberate yourself from stuff you simply don't need. If you haven't used it or worn it in the last year, you probably don't need it. Have a garage sale, or give it to a charity of your choice.
Once you move in
The boxes are mostly unpacked and you're settling in nicely. You will now feel a strange urge to begin making changes and improvements right away. That old carpet has to go, a bigger deck would be great for entertaining...slow down! Take time to get a feel for your new home, and more importantly, your new budget. Take a deep breath and enjoy what you have, your new home. But, once you have settled in and are ready to start decorating, I'd love to help!