Selling Your Home: Step 8

Moving Day

The Big Move

Moving day has arrived. And although there’s bound to be a bit of sadness about leaving your old home behind, there will be just as much excitement moving into your new one. Here are some tips for a smooth move:

•   Make a moving checklist that details a plan for things that need to be done weeks before you move all the way up to moving day itself.

•   Plan for packing by clearly labelling boxes with the rooms in which they belong. You might even want to provide a small floor-plan for the movers so they know exactly where to take the boxes.

•   Make sure you get competitive quotes from reliable moving companies. Or, to save money, find out how much it would cost to hire a moving van yourself (And bribe your friends to help you).

•   Cancel your cable and utilities and make sure to have the gas, electricity, cable, internet and phone hooked up at your new home. If there is leased equipment, such as a water heater, furnace or propane tanks, those leases will usually be taken over by the new owners. I will help you with this.

•   Inform your key contacts – work, Canada Post, doctors, friends, pharmacy, etc. – of your change of address.

•   If you have children, talk with them and explain why you’re moving and reassure them that the friends they’ve made can continue to be their friends. Ask for their opinion, too, on things like what colour to paint their rooms. Try to make it exciting for them to alleviate any fears about moving to a new home.

•   On moving day, plan an easy meal like picking up some take-out. Moving is stressful enough without having to cook.

Congratulations! You’re all moved in. Enjoy your new home!

Oh, one last thing. Our relationship doesn't have to end just because your sale has ended. In fact, I would love it if we can stay in touch. Please feel free to contact me any time, especially if you need to track down a good carpenter, plumber, roofer or landscaper. I am always happy to help!

John Pearce, REALTOR®