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How the Period Between Buying a Home and Moving Into it Can Become Riddled with Obstacles

Written by Posted On Monday, 14 August 2017 14:42

So you've found your dream home and have decided to buy it. That's wonderful. Unfortunately, many people tend to get caught up in the excitement and then forget important steps in the period between buying the home and actually moving into it. To avoid this situation from playing out, now is the time to put together a comprehensive list of things you need to complete.

Whether to hire movers or rent a truck

The first decision, of many, is whether or not you need to hire movers to transport your belongings. If you've rented an apartment or a home for a few years you probably have also collected a lot of furniture and home accessories. Even though you may think you don't have enough stuff that warrants the expense of hiring movers, if you have two bedrooms, a living room and closets filled to their capacity, you do. 

There are other factors to consider. Do you have the time to pack up your furnishings and then drive and unload them at your new home? Professional companies, like North American moving services, can load, drive and then unload your belongings into your new home. When you factor in the importance of your time, sometimes the additional expense is well worth it. 

Contacting the cable and utility companies

Once you have an established closing date on your home you need to contact the local cable, electric, gas and water companies to arrange for them to get turned on. The local utility companies usually only require that the previous owner cancel their service first. Once that's done they can usually do it from the office pretty quickly. The cable company, however, will need to enter your home in order to connect the service. This means that you will need to set up a day and a time that you can meet them. This is also a good time to decide whether you want to add an alarm system. If so try to make it for the same day that the cable company is coming, this way you can take care of two items in a single day.  

Getting the home move in ready

If you've purchased a home that's not brand new there are generally things you want to do prior to your things arrive. You may want to add a fresh coat of paint in your desired color and remove carpeting and have the hardwood floors resurfaced and polished. While you're there attending to these things to prep your home for you and your family, make sure to also change the locks. The prior owner may not be the only person who had a key. The previous owners may have issued spare keys to their neighbor or family members. 

Learn your way around

In order to feel more comfortable in your new home, it's a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Most communities keep a watch out for other peoples homes that are nearby. By introducing yourself, they will know your face and get to know you. You should also take an hour or so and drive around to get a sense of how far away the stores, the post office, DMV, schools, and parks are from your home. It's a great way to get familiar with your surroundings. 


If you have school aged children you need to contact the new school or schools they will attend prior to moving in to meet with them and then register your children for classes. This is something that's very important because the school will need documentation of their medical shots and their school records prior to your children being able to attend. Get a list of the things they need and then bring them with you when you are visiting your new home and doing work prior to moving in. 

Buying a new home is a very exciting time. If you prepare a list of all the things you need to have done prior to actually moving into the home, the process will go smoothly.





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