The trauma of moving can be an added stress for buyers and sellers. Offer this advice to make things calmer before closing.
- Weed out items you won’t be moving; hold a garage sale or donate them to charity.
- Get estimates from moving companies.
- Make a list of people and organizations—credit cards, magazines, college alumni associations—that will need to be notified of the move.
- Look at schools and day care facilities in your new area. Forward school records.
- Complete change-of-address forms.
- Contact doctors and ask for referrals if you’re moving to a new city. Forward medical records.
- Check homeowners’ policy to see if possessions are covered during the move.
- Decide how you’ll move valuables.
- Get information on driver's license, insurance policy, license plates, and auto stickers if you’re moving to a new city.
- Contact utility companies—gas and electric—in both cities.
- Register with an Internet service provider.
- Contact phone service—see if your long distance, cellular, and pager carriers operate in the area.
- Contact satellite and cable TV providers.
- Empty and defrost refrigerator.
- Map out driving route to new city.
TIP: Pack one or two boxes of must-haves—children’s toys, toilet articles and towels, can opener, flashlight, light bulbs, paper plates and cups—and carry it with you so you can find it fast after the move.
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