Get rid of STUFF you don’t need anymore
Reducing your load
If you staged your home before listing, one benefit will be that you will probably have gotten rid of a lot of items that you hadn’t looked at or used in years. Professional companies charge based on weight so minimizing the total load will save you money. You can get rid of “junk” in the following way:
• Garage sales
• Donate to Goodwill and other charities
• Sell on Craig’s List
• Give it away
• Rent a dumpster
• Leave on the curb with a “FREE” sign
Once your home has sold, assuming you haven’t moved already, it’s time to get ready for moving. Besides actually moving your worldly possessions from your old to new abode, you will have a heftylist of items to take care of at each location. For example, you will need to discontinue your water & sewer, electricity and natural gas at your old home while starting service at the new one. with pickups!).
Pre-moving To Do checklist
- Provide the post office with your new address two to four weeks ahead of the move. You post office will have change of address forms on display.
- Notify your bank, credit card companies and your insurance company of your change of address.
- Update your address for your magazine subscriptions and newspapers.
- Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified about your move.
- Arrange to discontinue utilities services and have them connected at your new home.
- Cancel home heating oil deliveries.
- Discontinue your internet and cable / dish service while activating accounts at your new place
- If you get regular food deliveries, cancel or re-direct.
- If moving from a rental, remember to give your landlord notice of termination as stipulated in your lease. If you are in the middle of a year-long lease, the owner will either set you free or insist that you keep paying the rent while they look for new tenants. The earlier you discuss your options with the owner the better.
- And finally, this is a great opportunity to lose any annoying acquaintances you have been trying to shake for years. “No address change for you!”
If you will be moving out of town:
- Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
- Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
- Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood.
- Let a friend or relative know which route you will be taking.
- Clean out your safety deposit box and close your account.