Wondering what you can do to prep for your move while you’re under contract? Let me start by sharing what happened between the summer between 4th and 5th grade was my first trip to Disney World. My parents told me about the trip a month ahead of time, and what a mistake! As each day got closer, I got more excited. I still vividly remember walking around the house singing “I’m so Excited” by the Pointer Sisters. As much fun as the waiting was, it was also nerve wrecking. I was ‘so excited’ about going to a place I only dreamt about. The same thing happens with your house.
I don’t care if this is your 20th home or your first-time. The time between signing the contract, to picking up the keys, feels like forever.
As a buyer, once your offer is accepted and you’re under contract, a lot of emotions come into play. You have to get ready for the actual closing and moving yourself and items at the same time. Sometimes the hardest part of buying a home is the waiting phase. To keep yourself busy, I’ve come up with some things you can do while you wait.
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Plan, prepare and pack for your move
Using this time to plan for your move just makes everything easier when it’s time to actually move. Use this time to explore how you want your house to look. Sketch how you’d like the rooms to look and measure the rooms for furniture placement. You can purchase graph paper to write out dimensions of your space and sketch outlines, of the furniture. The Nest is a great book that will help you plan your space. If the house is empty, you can also mark furniture on the floors using blue painters tape, or moving boxes so images are 3D. Take pictures of the rooms in the new house and use websites like Houzz to see how different furniture will look in each space.
When you furniture shop, make sure you mention that you’re moving. Some stores actually offer a 15% new movers discount. You can print out the pictures you took of the rooms in the new house and take them furniture shopping with you. Also remember some higher end stores offer free design services, so you can schedule an appointment for a designer to meet you at the new home and help you create the space you desire.
Schedule Utilities and Other Items
Call your local utility companies and set the date that you’d like the utilities to turned on in your name. If you haven’t already gotten an estimate of what the utilities will be, now’s the time to get that information so you can budget appropriately. Think about what will happen when you close out your utility bills. Will you get a deposit back or will that be credited on your last bill? Give them the forwarding address and tell when to turn the utilities out of your name.
Call the alarm company and get a quote from the landscaper/weed control company and a house cleaner. Even if you aren’t planning to use a professional cleaner on a regular basis, chances are that you won’t be satisfied with the level of cleaning the seller’s maid did, so get quotes and get on the schedule for someone to deep clean the house immediately after closing.
Measure the windows for curtains or schedule the appointment for the custom blinds representative. It’s also wise to call ahead and reserve your mover. Moving companies have busy periods and you want to ensure you’ve got someone to help you move when you’re ready. If you plan to get the floors refinished or carpet cleaned or replaced, now is the time to get on their books. If you plan to have any rooms repainted or any other cosmetic work done, get that scheduled as well. Even if you plan to have these items done after the move, calling and getting a quote will give you an idea as to what to expect. The same goes for changing out the lights or getting a handyman to do any other work around the house – it’s always good to know what it will cost.
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Hopefully you’ve already done the research to check around the surrounding areas, but if not, do it now. Get acquainted with your new area and spend some time driving around. You may know where the grocery store and parks are, but start to drive or at least plan your new commute to work, the car repair shop and the doctor’s office.
Let Others Know
Who have you told yet? You know your friends and family best, so tell them when you’re ready, but in terms of bills and such, you will want to time in enough time so they can send your latest bill to the correct location. Go to the US Post Office website and update your address. You will also need to notify the newspaper and magazines to tell them that you’re moving as well. Call your auto insurance provider and get a quote on the new rate, and of course you’ll need to call again once you’ve already moved. Notify the county to adjust your car tags and title. As you get closer to the move date, if you shop online (Amazon Prime, anyone?) you’ll want to ensure that your new address is listed as correct billing and delivery and not your old.
Final Walk Through
We get more into the final walk through here, but I wanted to at least mention that you shouldn’t underestimate how important it is to make sure the house is up to par with your expectations.
If you didn’t take the time to plan for moving day by taking pictures of the kitchen and the number of cabinets to determine where dishes will go, check out this article that will walk you through packing. Then check out information about one of the last steps before closing, which is your final walk through.
How do I plan my house to move
There are so many ways to prep for your move. The more you spend your time planning, scheduling, letting others know and completing your final walk through, the faster the time will go and the easier your move will be. For ways to prep for your move from a financial point of view, you’ll want to read this article here. And when you’re ready to begin packing, check out “How to Pack So you Can Unpack in a Day”. Leave a comment below.
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