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Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

This summer, we’ve given a lot of advice to people looking to buy a home and those looking to sell theirs, too. You know what those two things have in common? Moving. And, when it comes to a stress-free move, everyone could use a little advice.

If you’re in the process of packing up to move to a new home this summer, here are five things you won’t want to forget as you’re getting settled into your new place:

1. Change your address. It sounds like simple advice, right? Obviously you know that you’re moving to a new address, but do you know how many others need to know? First and foremost, you’ll need to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service. While that’s a great first step, it is not the only one. You’ll also need to update your address with your banks and creditors. Don’t forget those magazine subscriptions, either. And, yes, you may even want to send Aunt Edna a note so that she knows where to send that $10 check the next time your birthday rolls around.

2. Cancel or switch over your utilities. When you first move into a new place, getting it to feel like home can be hard. But, it sure helps if you have working utilities, cable and internet. As soon as you have a move-in date, alert your utility providers of your move. If they’re going to remain the same, it may be an easy switch. Even if you’ve got more of a process with canceling old accounts and setting up new ones, you’ll want to get that ball rolling before you move in.

3. If you have kids, get them registered for school. August may just be getting started, but before you know it, the kids will be heading back to school. If you’ve just moved, you need to make sure that your kids will be able to smoothly transition to their new school. Register them as soon as possible, so that they are prepared for the first day. Contact the school to find out what documents you may need to get your kids signed up.  

4. Meet the neighbors. No, saying “Hi!” while you were carrying moving boxes into your new home did not count. Some new neighbors may be eager to bring you a meal or a bottle of wine to introduce themselves after you move in. But, don’t be bashful. Buy some pizza and host an unpacking or painting party meet a few new friendly faces in your neighborhood.

5. Get familiar with your new space. Once you’re settled into your new home and you’ve met your neighbors, it is time to start exploring your new town or city. Of course, you’ll want to know where you can find recreation, entertainment and a good meal. But, you also should find a good healthcare provider, a trusted handyman and any other service provider you may need. Start getting to know your new place immediately!

Ready to tackle these moving essentials, but still need to buy or sell a home? Contact a trusted Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty agent to help you move forward today.