Pre­par­ing to move-house suc­cess­fully

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Con­grat­u­la­tions! You’ve pur­chased a home and now its time to get or­ga­nized for your move. Mov­ing can be a hec­tic ex­pe­ri­ence at the best of times. But with a lit­tle bit of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, you can avoid many headaches.

Plan­ning for your move should be­gin a cou­ple of months in ad­vance if pos­si­ble. Be sure to con­firm your clos­ing date with your RE­AL­TOR® be­fore sched­ul­ing your mov­ing date.

Send change of ad­dress cards to mag­a­zine pub­lish­ers and any newspapers you sub­scribe to.

Change of ad­dress no­tices should also be sent to the post of­fice, au­to­mo­bile li­cens­ing bureau, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, ser­vice sup­pli­ers, doc­tor and den­tist, friends and rel­a­tives. If you are mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent city, col­lect im­por­tant records from schools, doc­tors, den­tists, lawyers and your safe de­posit box.

It is also a good idea to get a head start on one of the tough­est as­pects of mov­ing – de­cid­ing what must go with you. This may be the per­fect time for a se­ri­ous clean­ing of the base­ment and clos­ets.

It can be ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing to move things you don’t need. In ad­di­tion, there’s the risk that you won’t be able to find room for these un­nec­es­sary items in your new home.

If you are dis­pos­ing of a large num­ber of items, con­sider hold­ing a mov­ing sale to off­set some of your mov­ing ex­penses. Be sure to re­quest a re­ceipt for in­come tax pur­poses if you’re do­nat­ing any larger items to char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions.

This also is a good time to re­quest the help you may need with pack­ing and mov­ing. If you are mov­ing your­self, you may need to book a mov­ing truck well in ad­vance of your mov­ing date. You may also need to find some vol­un­teers who are will­ing to lend a help­ing hand dur­ing your move. Plan to have food and bev­er­ages on hand dur­ing the move for ev­ery­one who has helped out.

If you are think­ing about us­ing the ser­vices of a pro­fes­sional mover, get a cou­ple of es­ti­mates and ask each com­pany for de­tails of what is in­cluded in their ser­vice.

Pay at­ten­tion to the de­tails when con­tract­ing for the var­i­ous ser­vices a mover may of­fer. Make sure that ev­ery­thing is clearly writ­ten into the contract. Find out whether the mover’s in­sur­ance cov­ers your fur­nish­ings while in tran­sit. If not, check your own cov­er­age. If you live in a apart­ment build­ing, re­serve the el­e­va­tor for the day and time of your move.

Two weeks be­fore you move, con­tact lo­cal util­ity com­pa­nies to tell them when to dis­con­nect your ser­vice. Ar­range for util­ity ser­vice in your new home. Clear up out­stand­ing ac­counts, par­tic­u­larly if you are leav­ing the area.

Be­gin pack­ing early - par­tic­u­larly those items that don’t get used very of­ten. If you have hired a mov­ing com­pany, re­quest boxes and pack­ing pa­per from them. A lo­cal gro­cery store is also a good source for boxes.

Have plenty of pack­ing sup­plies handy. Save old newspapers for pack­ing ma­te­rial. For del­i­cate items, you may want to pur­chase spe­cial pack­ing boxes to ma­te­ri­als to en­sure safe mov­ing.

Be cre­ative in your pack­ing. For ex­am­ple, glasses and other break­able items can be wrapped in bath tow­els or dish tow­els to add ex­tra pro­tec­tion. Move mat­tresses with old sheets on them to pro­tect them from dirt.

Make sure all boxes are clearly la­belled with their con­tents. This will al­low you to move the boxes to the right room when they ar­rive at your new home.

It’s also a good idea to pack a box or two sep­a­rately that con­tains any items you might need for the first cou­ple of days in your new home.

When the mov­ing day has fi­nally ar­rived, make sure some­one is home to meet the mover and point out items to be loaded onto the truck.

If you are han­dling your own move, or­ga­nize load­ing to max­i­mize space in the truck and to en­sure that the heavy items are not placed on top of break­ables.

Be­fore leav­ing, make a fi­nal check of all rooms, closet shelves and other spots where items may have been over­looked. Have an empty box handy for those “found items” , or items which didn’t seem to fit in any­where else. Turn off all lights and close and lock all win­dows and doors. Leave your keys with the RE­AL­TOR® or new owner.

Make sure you are thee to meet the movers to avoid pos­si­ble ad­di­tional charges. Don’t try to un­pack ev­ery­thing at once. Try to un­pack care­fully and in an or­ga­nized man­ner, keep­ing in mind which boxes can be stored as they are. This will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Fi­nally, keep all re­ceipts re­lated to your move. You may be able to claim them as a de­duc­tion on your in­come tax if you are mov­ing at least 40 km closer to your place of work than your pre­vi­ous home.

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