Moving Tips for Sellers
Approximately 2-3 weeks before moving day, give
your new forwarding address to the post office. Don't forget your
magazine subscriptions, they usually have a contact number on the
inside of the magazine for subscription changes.
- Update your new information with your bank and credit card companies.
- Of course your family and friends will need to be notified and will
be interested in your move and your new home. Make a list and they
see who can be notified by email versus sending mailings to everyone.
- Don't forget your utilities. You'll need power, telephone, etc.,
at your new home so have them turned on early enough before you arrive
and also arrange to have them turned off at your formal residence.
It's usually the closing date since your buyers will probably have
a walk through inspection the day of closing before they sign their
- In fairness to everyone, cancel your subscription to the paper. You
wouldn't want to have old papers piling up in the driveway, especially
if the new owners won't be arriving for awhile.
- Be very careful with what insurance coverage you have with the movers.
State laws vary and you need to know the extent of your coverage and
what the movers are responsible for. Usually you can purchase addition
insurance if you deem it necessary.
- Leave your former home clean for the new owners. It's the right thing
- If you belong to a homeowners association or another community organization,
make sure you have clearance for your move. Some associations do not
allow moving vans on the weekend for example.
- Make a list of items you need to leave for the new owners. In addition
to a set of keys, you'll want to include all owner's manuals for your
appliances, warranties, contact information for your landscaper, air-conditioning
company, pool service,
etc. If you
have automatic garage door openers, don't forget to leave them, as
well as the automatic gate openers for the community. Do you have a
security alarm? Make sure the company is aware of your move and the
new owners have the proper information.
- Make yourself a survival kit. This will be the box you go to first
when you arrive at your new home. Your kit should include trash bags,
scissors, toilet paper, soap, paper towels, hammer and screwdriver,
paper plates, cups and napkins and don't forget some snacks for the
to keep them busy.
If your move involves moving to a new area of the state or country
then you'll need to consider these items also.
- You'll most likely have new doctors and dentists, etc., so bring
copies of all your family's records. Don't forget your pet's records
- Transferring schools can be hectic so to insure a smooth transition
have all your children's school records available.
- If you need to transfer banking services, carry a few traveler's
checks with you or have other arrangements until you can open a new
- Don't forget the items you have in your safe deposit box.
- Have entertainment available for the kids if it's a long trip. Games
or a portable DVD player will help pass the time.
- Your real estate agent should be able to help you get settled. He/she
can provide you with all the contacts and the information you need
for your new community.
- Enjoy the move as much as possible. This is a new opportunity for
you and your family.
RUTH BETHEM, ABR, CRS, GRI, Realtor®
Premier Sotheby's International Realty
4001 Tamiami Trail N, Suite #102
Naples, Florida 34103
Phone: 239-777-7007 or Toll Free 877-777-7545
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