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5 things to do before moving out of your house

October 28, 2016

You’ve just signed the paperwork on a new home. But soon the excitement of getting settled at your new place will wear off, and the panic of packing up boxes will set in. Moving is stressful and complicated and it’s easy to forget important things – stuff that can cause last minute panic. No matter how organised you think you are, when you’re moving out of your house, it’s almost always a stressful time.

Here are a few tips on how to make your moving experience less stressful.

Cleaning the house

It’s an easy task to overlook because you’re so busy packing boxes and carting them around that you might not notice the dirt accumulating. And just wait until you move the refrigerator or washer and dryer from the spots that haven’t seen the light of day since you moved in years ago. Keep a few cleaning supplies handy for this purpose, and a mop. It’s not unusual for a seller to wonder how clean they should leave the house after closing.

Notify the utility companies of your moving date

Give each utility company the date to discontinue service and the address for forwarding your final utility bill. Generally, that date will be the day the sale of your home closes. Ask your agent for a list of gas, electric, water, sewer, trash, garbage and cable utility companies. Remember to cancel your daily newspaper, if you subscribe to your news in print, and disconnect the security alarm service.

Cancel your homeowner’s insurance policy

You probably have already established a new insurance policy to begin coverage on your new home, but that doesn’t mean your insurance agent will automatically discontinue coverage on your existing home. You might also have more than one insurance agent or have changed insurance agents but left your homeowner’s policy in place. The lender will not cancel your homeowner’s insurance, you need to do this yourself.

Forward your mail and leave the mailbox key behind

It’s much more convenient than going to the post office in person. Make sure you notify companies that mail monthly or bi-monthly subscriptions, like magazines, that you’re moving. Sometimes, sellers will leave their mail carrier a goodbye gift, which also serves to remind the mail carrier that you’ll no longer live at that address. In a kitchen drawer, you might consider leaving your forwarding address for the new buyers, just in case any boxes or gifts are delivered to the house after you’ve moved out.

Organise your packed moving boxes

It’s easier to move your boxes around before the movers arrive. Remember that the first box on the truck means it will be the last box off the truck. If your lounge suites or study desks are what you’ll really need when you move in, it’s suggested that you put them in last.  Arrange the order of your boxes by rooms, if you can. Label the bedrooms by colour or number, and make labels for each of the bedroom doors in your new home. This will help the movers to identify the correct rooms for each of your boxes.

Pack a separate overnight box for yourself, containing personal items, clothing, dishes, and pet medications. Anything that you might need immediately upon moving into a new home and don’t want to spend time digging through boxes to find.

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