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Whether moving down the street or across the country, there are hundreds of moving pieces to manage and it can be overwhelming. After helping hundreds of families with their home purchases, we have picked up a few tricks along the way to simplify the moving experience. One of the most important things to do is start planning early. Our timeline below can be used as a reference for an easy and stress-free move.
While you may not have found your perfect home, it does not mean you cannot start planning your move. As you begin to look at homes with your agent, think about the size of property you may purchase and use this as your basis to start planning.
Go through your items and start to sell, donate, or throw away everything that is no longer needed. This can be a great way to reduce packing time, make a little extra cash, and simplify your move once the day finally comes.
Create a list to help you remember everything that needs to be done. Writing it down not only ensures that you remember all the important items; but also, provides you some peace of mind.
Most of our stress occurs when we miss key deadlines. Breaking it down on a calendar can make the project much more manageable.
At this point, you may have negotiated a purchase agreement on your new home. Our team will be taking care of your loan and updating you on key milestones along the way.
While you may not have a specific move date in mind by this point, you will want to make sure you coordinate any services you will need, such as movers or truck rentals. Most movers will often only need a deposit and an estimated date to reserve your spot. As you get closer to your closing date, you can finalize any details necessary for your move.
Packing items that you do not plan on using before you move, such as seasonal decorations or clothing, can help make your big move more manageable. You may also find more items to donate, throw away, or sell.
You are getting close to the finish line! We will keep you in the loop on your estimated closing date. Make sure to void any drastic financial decisions or purchases and continue paying all your bills on time.
You will want to finish packing all your important items. This means most of your clothes, furniture, electronics, and keepsakes.
If you would prefer to move without worrying about your four-legged friend escaping, you can find a pet sitter or boarding accommodations.
Make sure that your monthly service providers, schools, post office, creditors, and other important people have your updated address.
The day has finally come! It is time to move into your new home.
While movers do this for a living, they are only human. Mistakes can happen and your moving company should have a policy in place for any lost or damaged items.
Make sure to set up your utilities and electronics first. Unpacking other items can wait; this will be a lengthy process and it is important to make your household functional.
Do not forget to organize lunch/dinner for move-in day. Order a pizza or sandwiches ahead of time to stay well-fed and energized during your move.
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