Happen (smoothly)

by Douglas Pritchard

Preparing to move into a new home can be overwhelming. Needless to say you have a lot on your plate.  Here is a list of what are considered the most important things a buyer should do in order to prepare to move into their new home.

Address Forwarding

Forward your mail. Missing important government notices, taxes, and health care reminders can mean missing deadlines and incurring penalties.

It can be hard to remember which ones all need to be done, but if you write down all of the bills and mailing you have received in the last 1-2 months you should be sure you covered all of the bases. A few to keep in mind include your doctor, dentist, driver’s license, and credit card companies.

Movers

Moving takes a lot of energy (and muscle); therefore it’s best to leave it to the experts. Hiring movers will take a lot of the stress away from you, allowing you to focus on the more important logistics on moving day. And remember, have a list and don’t leave anything until the last minute!

  1. Book the movers and consider concierge service
  2.  Prepare well in advance, the longer you have lived where you were, the longer sorting and packing is going to take.  Plus, good movers are in demand.
  3. Moving day will be less stressful if everything has been done ahead of time.

Utilities & Services

You don’t want to arrive to your new home and have a bunch of tasks to do that you could have done ahead of time; you will be busy enough as it is. Arrange your utility hookups and services (internet, phone, and TV) ahead of time to ensure a smooth changeover and installation.

Child Care & Pet Care

On a day like this you want as little distractions and things to keep an eye on as possible.
The less that is underfoot the better, this way you can focus on getting everything in place quickly.  Kids and pets can come after the heavy lifting when it is safer to do so.

Cleaners

Moving takes longer than you would expect, and the last thing you will want to do at the end of moving day is clean your old house. Hire a professional cleaner to ensure that you leave your place clean and tidy for the new owner. Also, consider having your new home cleaned before you move everything inside in order to get off on the right foot.

Get Rid of Stuff

The less you have to move the better, especially if there are things you just never use. Get rid of unnecessary items before you move – it takes a lot of time and energy.  I see it more often that I think I should however, that people move (and pay for it to be moved) things that they soon thereafter get rid of.

Ask for Help

Don’t try and do it all on your own. Your friends and family are excited for you, ask them to help where they can. Don’t forget to say thanks too (beer and pizza ?).

Douglas Pritchard, sales representative DIRECT: 613-558-6683

RE/MAX Affiliates realty ltd., brokerage OFFICE: 613-825-8683

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