Things to Do When Moving to a New Home

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When moving to a new home, things that need to be done include calling the various utility companies to transfer the bill on moving day, determining exactly how long it will take to move out and move into a new place and being prepared to face any obstacles at the new property. Create a check list when moving to a new house with information from a Massachusetts Realtor in this free video on real estate.

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Things to do when moving to a new home. There's a couple of different ways to look at this. And there are a few different important things that you have to really think about. If you're leaving your home and moving to a new place, be really specifically realistic about how long it's going to take you to do this. If you're under the gun, if you have a closing involved where new tenets are moving in or somebody's buying your property, it's really important to be super specific about how long it's going to take to get your stuff out of there. I've seen it happen many of time where I've shown up with my clients to walk through to a house and there's still a lot of junk in there from the people that are selling the house. So it is certainly something that happens quite often. So that would be the first thing. On the flip side, if you're moving out of the place or if you're moving into the place, this is still something that applies is to be really realistic about how long it's going to take you to get into the spot. The other thing I would say is the utilities. Your phone, your Internet, your television, if you have your gas and sewer bill, that kind of thing, if you have any of those type of things that need to be, that need to be taken care of, make sure you give them plenty of time to do it. If I have a client moving out or into a new place, I usually tell them about a week before the closing or about a week before you want to move in, give you utility company a call, give the telephone company a call and let them know what day you want the bill to switch over. Most of the time, this is a computerized process and they can do this to take place at a specific day so that you won't be charged for the person moving into your place or the person moving out if you're the landlord. So, utilities are probably the most important thing to think about in this whole process, moving into the spot because you don't want to be into a new place and in an emergency situation and not have a telephone. That's something that you would really like to avoid. Also, you don't want to move into a place in the middle of winter and not have heat. So it's something to really think about to make sure that everything, if you're out of town, gas line or that kind of thing to really think about making sure that you change that over very quickly. Beyond that, one other important thing would probably be if you're moving into an apartment complex or something of that sort, sometimes, depending on where or what building you're moving into, they may or may not have an elevator situation that will work for you. You might need a utility elevator to use that and that might be taken up by a company or somebody doing work on the buildings. So if you're moving into an apartment complex, definitely talk with the property manager and make sure that you will have access to everything you need to get into your new place.


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