Experts recommend scheduling moves at least one
month in advance, especially during the peak moving
season between May and September. Some estimates
indicate 80 percent of all moving and storage
business is done when schools are out, so book
your movers early.
Take the time to get as much information as possible
from moving companies before selecting one. Check
on truck size and availability. Ask about moving
supplies, such as boxes, dollies and furniture
pads. Find out about protection plans for your
possessions. Ask about lost or damaged property
claim procedures. Determine price differences
in packing the truck yourself or having it professionally
packed. Get written estimates.
Many of your moving expenses are tax deductible,
so hang onto your receipts. Consult with your
tax advisor to find out what is deductible, or
call the Internal Revenue Service and request
Publication 521: Tax Information On Moving Expenses.
Stop by your local post office and pick up a free
change-of-address kit. The packet includes change-of-address
cards to notify magazine publishers, charge accounts,
clubs, organizations, insurance and investment
companies about your move. The kit also has an
address forwarding card for the post office.
If you're moving out of the area, you'll need
to gather your family's personal records. Remember
to get your medical and dental records, school
transcripts, legal documents, titles, bank records,
tax returns, stocks and bonds certificates, birth
certificates, passports and insurance documents.
Be sure to empty your safe deposit box.
When you cancel your telephone, gas, electric,
garbage, water and other utilities, call and order
service for your new home. You'll be able to make
telephone calls, plug in the vacuum and do a load
of laundry the minute you step into your new home.
If you need a list of services in your new neighborhood,
contact your agent about schools, voter registration,
auto licensing and registration, utilities and
Taking Physical Possession of Your New Home:
As a general rule, possession takes place on the
date of deed recording. Recording usually takes
place the next business day after closing. In
some cases it may take up to a week for possession,
but seldom longer.
Connections: Your Realty Executives agent
will help you identify the various utilities servicing
your area. To avoid having to make deposits for
new services, you will need letters of credit
from your previous utility companies.
Kitchen Appliances Stay and Which Do Not:
Refrigerators, washers and dryers are generally
not included in the sale of a home, whereas the
stove and dishwasher are. Your Realty Executives
agent would be happy to provide you with the names
of several local appliance stores.
Licensing: Most city ordinances require that
dogs are licensed and on a leash when outside
the home. To license your pets, you will need
verification from a veterinarian that your animal
has been vaccinated for rabies. The number of
pets allowed per home varies depending on the
various city ordinances. A few cities even require
that cats be licensed.
Voter Registration and Driver's License Information:
Ask your Realty Executives agent about the licensing
laws in your new community.
We recommend that you get bids from several companies.
Make sure you get the discounts you deserve. Many
companies give multi-car, good-driver, non-smoker
and good-student discounts. Home insurance discounts
are granted for fire alarms, security systems,
and that sort of thing.
Transfer and Keys: Sometimes mail transfer
can be pretty complex. New subdivisions may have
cluster boxes, which are mailboxes grouped at
intervals along your street. Make sure you know
where your box is. Keys are not transferable so
there may be a delay in having your mailbox rekeyed.
and Recycling: Trash collection is usually
separate from recycling. Each service may have
its own fee. In some cases the fees are paid through
the Homeowners Association, but some are paid
directly to the municipality. Your Realty Executives
agent would be glad to research this for you,
and get you a copy of the trash and recycling
pick-up schedules. NOTE: Ask your moving company
about taking your corrugated boxes. Many will,
as long as they are flat. If not, you will need
to make arrangements with a disposal company for
their removal, or ask your municipality if it
has a one-time removal service for new residents.
Shipped Goods: Examine shipped goods immediately
because you will have a limited amount of time
to file claims on any damaged or missing possessions.
Connections: Tell us what kind of banking
relationship you are looking for and we'll provide
you with some recommendations.
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