Preparing to move into a new home can be overwhelming. Needless to say you have a lot on your plate, so we have spoke to many resourceful people and have put together a list of the most important things a buyer should do in order to prepare to move into their new home.
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.
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!
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. Arrange for child and/or pet care the day of the move so that you can put a full day of work into concentrating on the move, it will save you a ton of stress!
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.
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!
Other Good Tips from our Re/max Influencers:
- “Have a box that will travel with you or will be the first out of the truck with cleaning supplies, snacks, and water.” – Stewart Peddemors, RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty, Surrey BC
- “I’ve found most clients pack highly valuable items such as jewelry, fine art, small electronic gear, and personal keepsakes themselves and do not send them on the moving truck.” – Jerry Geen, RE/MAX Kelowna, Kelowna BC
- “Make sure everyone has their phones powered up and that everyone has eachothers number should something happen.” – Stewart Peddemors, RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty, Surrey BC