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10 Things to Know and Do Before Your Summer Move

June 1, 2012 by     Checklists, Real Estate

Summer Moving TipsThough finding and purchasing a new home, and perhaps selling your old home, may be the most hectic parts of moving, if you’re getting ready to move this summer then it’s time to make a checklist to keep yourself on track. Amidst the helter-skelter of packing, cleaning and organizing, you can easily forget some of these important steps.


1. Transfer Prescriptions

If you or your family members require regular medications, transfer these prescriptions to a pharmacy nearby your new home before you move. It’s best to take care of this beforehand, so you don’t end up with a refill delay. This can be taken care of by calling your doctors and asking them to send your prescriptions to the new pharmacy of choice.

2. Change your address

Visit your post office and fill out a brief change of address form in order to receive mail at your new address and avoid receiving mail at your old address. The more quickly you do this, the less of the delay there will be in getting important mail. In most areas you can also complete this process completely online.

3. Contact Utility Companies

Ask your new landlord or the seller of your new home which utility companies cover the neighborhood, including electricity, gas, cable, internet, garbage, sewer, and water companies. You should be provided with contact information for these companies. Call and set up accounts to get your utilities set up before you move in, keeping in mind that many companies need a deposit upfront before they turn the utility on. You will want to do this in advance so you don’t move in to find that you can’t turn on a light or take a shower.

4. Update Your Driver’s License and Car Registration

You don’t want to get pulled over and fined for having the wrong address on your license. Visit a DMV or update the address of your driver’s license online within a week or two of your move to avoid this hassle. Make sure to update your car registration as well, as both of these documents are supposed to match.

5. Clean, Clean, Clean

You want your old home to look as nice as possible for the new buyers or renters. If you’ve been renting your home, this step is especially important if you want your deposit back. Vacuum the floors, mop the tile or linoleum, clean the carpets, scrub the bathroom amenities, and clean the oven.

6. Repaint, Repair, and Revitalize

To give your old home a “like new” appeal, apply a coat of touch up paint. If anything isn’t working properly in your home, such as a leaky faucet or an electrical outlet, have it repaired. If you were renting your home previously, you may be charged fines if anything isn’t working properly. Replace any burnt out light bulbs.

7. Have the Locks of Your New Home Changed

Because you don’t know how many people were given keys or have made copies of the keys to your new home, it may be a good idea to change the locks. This will ensure you don’t receive any unwelcome, surprise guests while moving in, and that any belongings you leave in your new home overnight during the moving process will be protected.

8. Reserve Your Moving Truck or Moving Company in Advance

Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a moving company, it’s important to reserve your truck or movers in advance so you don’t suffer any delays. If you wait until the last minute, you may have to rent a truck that’s too small or too large, or there may not be any available. You may have to settle for a less reliable moving company, which could result in damaged belongings. However, if you reserve your method of moving several weeks in advance, you can be sure that the moving process will run smoothly.

9. Defrost Refrigerator, Strip Beds, Unplug Appliances

When you’re about to move out of your home, and after everything’s been packed, empty the ice bin of your freezer and defrost your fridge. This should be done 24-48 hours before you move out. Unplug all appliances and shut off the water line to your refrigerator to avoid any fires or floods after you move out. The last step of packing will be stripping your bed and packing your sheets and toiletries. This will be done when you’re ready to sleep in your new home. If you pack these items prematurely, you wont be able to sleep comfortably or brush your teeth!

10. Shut Off Utilities, Lock Up

Before you leave your old home for good, call your utility companies, such as electricity, gas, cable,  internet, garbage, sewer, and water, to make sure everything in your accounts is shut off. You don’t want to be paying for services in a home you don’t live in. Once everything is shut off and all your belongings are moved out, it’s time to close and lock all of the doors and windows, and say goodbye to your old home.