It all started with the dream of buying a house and has finally turned into a reality. You looked at home listings on various real estate websites, you contacted different real estate agencies to find a good realtor, looking at the various house until you found the perfect one. You went through the lengthy and emotional process of buying a house and now it’s yours. All that’s left to do is move in. This can be difficult without a good plan of attack, fortunately here are some tips to help get you moving in the right direction.
Calculate your costs.
Buying a home costs a lot of money so when time comes to move, set up a budget for how much money you will spend. Calculate how much it is going to cost to move. Decide whether you are going to rent a moving truck or hire professional movers, there are a lot of costs to consider. Remember to keep all of your receipts as you might be entitled to tax deductions. Moving costs will consist of:
- Renting a moving truck or hiring professional movers
- Tape, moving boxes, and supplies
- Gas, food, accommodations
Change your address.
Make sure that your important mail isn’t being sent to your old residence such as telephone, electricity, cable bills. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form to make certain that you don’t miss anything crucial that might be coming in the mail.
Be sure that you also update your address with any important institutes like insurance, any company that sends you bills via mail, the DMV, your in-laws.
Contact utility companies.
Contact all of your utility companies so that they are aware of your move date, you don’t want to run into any unforeseen problems such as the power or water not being turned on before you arrive, or so that the previous owners aren’t being charged for utilities before yours have been transferred over.
Get rid of the clutter.
If you haven’t used it in the last few years and aren’t completely attached to it then it is time to part ways.Try to sell it, if you can’t sell it then donate it if no one wants it then toss it away. Hold a yard or garage sale to get rid of anything that is weighing you down. Everything that you sell will help offset the costs of moving. Consider storing excess items you want to keep but don’t need when initially moving in.
Don’t buy any more food until after you are moved in.
It’s easy to be caught in the weekly routine of buying groceries, but if you are on the verge of moving you will be better served if you ate all of the food that has already been accumulated in your pantry and freezer.
Pack one room at a time.
Start packing one room and don’t move onto another until you are finished, properly label everything so that you are organized and nothing gets lost or misplaced. Have a necessities box filled with the essentials such as toiletries, garbage bags, tools, chocolate, and anything else that you might need as soon as you get through the door.
All that’s left to do is move and enjoy your new home. Get yourself ready to create more awesome memories, and paint its walls with your laughter and dreams that turned into reality.