Planning Your Move:
What To Do Now That You Have Bought Your Dream Home
So now that you've bought your dream home, how do you get all of your stuff into it? Here are some things to consider before you move.
As much as you hate to do it, this is the perfect time to sort and eliminate those things that won't fit into your new life and home. Here's a pretty good rule of thumb... if you haven't used it in five years, you can probably live without it. If you haven't worn it in two years, it's probably out of style, even if it could still fit. So, now's the time to have that garage sale you've been thinking about for years.
Schedule repair & renovations
If there's any work that needs to be done to your new home, it's less stressful for everyone, namely, you and the contractors, if you have it done before you unpack and settle in...especially things like painting or sanding hardwood floors.
Select a moving company.
As soon as you know you're going to move, start interviewing moving companies. Look for companies that are insured, licensed, & bonded. If you invite a mover's representative to inspect the contents of your home, they should be able to tell you how long the move will take, what it'll cost, and the size of the truck you'll need. Two or three estimates will give you a good impression of what you will need and what it'll cost. Get it in writing.
Contact utility companies for your current and new home
Little things like having running water, electricity, and even phone service connected on moving days (at both ends) may seem like luxury, but are in reality necessary. Plan to have your services turned off the day after you leave the old house, and the day before you arrive at the new one. Also, don't forget to have your cable box picked up before you leave.
Discontinue delivery services
There's nothing that says, "nobody lives here" like a pile of old newspapers in the front yard. Call and discontinue your paper delivery, laundry service, or any other delivery services that you have. Your real estate consultant will be able to recommend how to get in touch with the same services closer to your new home.
As soon as you know you're going to move, start saving those papers. They provide good buffer when packing boxes. However, you'll want to use clean, unprinted paper for the first layer of wrapping, so that ink doesn't get all over your things.
Submit change of address
We'll send you a copy of the Canada Post moving book which includes a change of address notification card. Fill it in and return it to the closest postal outlet as soon as possible.
As a client, we'll send you a free comprehensive 10-point moving checklist. It is a terrific guide to what you should be doing between the day your offer is accepted and Celebration (closing) Day.