It's done - you're a homeowner.
It's finally moving day! Depending upon your arrangements with the seller,
you will be able to move in either right after the closing or the next
Prepared for the Movers
Make sure the moving van has room to park as well as easy access
to both houses. Movers expect payment upon delivery, so you'll also
need to have a certified check and/or cash available to settle the bill.
Many movers accept credit cards as well, so inquire in advance if this
is your chosen payment method. Tipping is customary - usually about
$20 per mover - though this is obviously highly variable with the length
and difficulty of the move.
With the Movers
Be available to answer questions about packing order and fragile
items. Point out any items you intend to move yourself, and keep these
things separated from those to be handled by the movers. Make sure the
movers have clear directions to the new house as well as a phone number
to reach someone if they get lost or have any problems. Make sure someone
remains at your old home until the movers are packed and ready to leave.
a Final Walkthrough
Make one last inspection of your old home to insure that nothing
has been forgotten and left behind. It's OK to have a few minutes to
yourself if you are feeling emotional at this point.
for Mail to be Forwarded
You'll actually want to make these arrangements a week or two before
moving day. Go to your old post office and arrange for mail to be forwarded
to your new address (if you had a P.O. box you may want to retain it
for a period of time). Send out change of address cards with your new
Settled into Your New Home
Target the most important areas of your new home and unpack for these
rooms first. Arrange to have someone available at the house during the
first few days to coordinate installations and deliveries. Have written
instructions prepared for installers to make sure you get phone lines
and TV jacks in the right places. If you have any improvement projects
planned you can start scheduling the work if you haven't done so already.
Though many people don't bother with this precaution it is extremely
advisable to do so - you probably know very little about the seller
and even less about anyone to whom they may have given a key.
with Any Problems
If you discover any problems with the home after you move in, stay calm.
Have the problem checked out and documented by a qualified professional,
then consult with your attorney - the seller may be liable for any deficiencies
that were not disclosed to the purchaser.
Store your purchase and closing documentation where you can easily find
them at tax time (or whenever else they are required). Complete any
paperwork required by local schools (if you have children who are enrolling).
Don't forget to change your driver's license, automobile registration,
and voter registration, if necessary. Lastly, confirm that the deed
was correctly filed with the appropriate authorities.
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