An organized approach and checklist can make “The Moving Process” a lot easier!
Book the movers. It’s a good idea to obtain estimates from several different companies. (Note: There are different rates for different times of the month). You can choose to have the movers pack everything, some of your more precious or breakable items, or pack everything yourself.
If packing yourself, make arrangements for special boxes on moving day for mirrors/pictures etc. and make special arrangements for moving your pets and perishables, such as food and plants.
Ask the movers if they provide or sell boxes. Some of them will give you used boxes to start the process. If none are provided, there are stores that cater to moving. Check the yellow pages or speak to us. We can point you in the right direction. It is a good idea to devise a colour code system with stickers for boxes going to different rooms on moving day.
Be aware that you do not own the new home, (and are not entitled to possession) until after the transaction closes. If you are closing and moving on the same day, you may not have possession until later in the afternoon.
If you rent your present home:
Give the necessary written notice to your landlord, and make arrangements of any monies you may have on deposit.
If you own your present home:
Call the gas and electric companies and let them know you are moving. Arrange to have the meters read on the appropriate date.
If your water heater is rented, arrange for the transfer of the rental agreement to the new owners.
Instruct your heating oil supplier to fill the tank on the appropriate date. You will be credited with the cost at closing. If the new owners are converting to gas, make special arrangements with them.
Advise the telephone and cable companies of your move and have them discontinue their services on the appropriate date.
Advise all of your present service companies of your new address and closing date, so final billings may be directed to you.
At your new home:
Make arrangements with the gas and electric utilities, telephone, cable and other services to be connected or begin on the day of closing.
Obtain “Change of Address cards” from the post office and send out well in advance.
Have the post office forward your mail to your new address.
Inform gardening, dry-cleaning, newspapers, magazines, diaper and other home services of your new address.
Obtain a letter of introduction from your current bank to help establish new accounts. Transfer trust or bank accounts and securities.
Inform all creditors (Visa, Master Card etc.) of your new address and the date it becomes effective. (Don’t forget pre-authorized payments)
Cancel or transfer social, athletic, civic, religious or business affiliations and memberships.
Arrange for the transfer of medical and dental prescriptions and optical records.
Consider having a “Garage Sale” to dispose of unwanted clothes and furnishings.
Change your address on your driver’s licenses, effective the date of your move.
Collect all items out of cleaning and storage.
Safely dispose of all flammable liquids, as it is illegal for movers to carry them.
Arrange with your lawyer for access and keys on the closing date.
Leave a note in the house with your address for the new owners or occupants in the event that someone wasn’t notified.
Take advantage of the Lakeview Realty Inc. “Concierge Service” to make your move an effortless one and to help you on your way!