Hand-off to Buyers

  • Schedule for the cancellation of utilities and services on the day after close of escrow.

  • Schedule for a deep cleaning after the your move-out is completed, and before the close of escrow.

  • Leave phone numbers for gardener, pest control, pool service, and other property maintenance services that you use.

  • Leave the code to the alarm system or reset it to all zeros.

  • Leave the owner’s manuals for home appliances in a kitchen drawer.

  • Leave the remote controls for ceiling fans, lights, and curtains in the room where these devices are located.
  • Leave the house keys, pool key, mailbox keys and garage door openers on the kitchen counter, and give the last house key to Peter.

Moving Tips

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your move.

  • Give your forwarding address to the post office 2 weeks before of the move
  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected a few days after the scheduled closing date
  • Send change of address notifications to banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions
  • Send change of address notifications to magazine publishers, stores, etc.
  • Cancel the newspaper, gardener and security service
  • Notify friends, relatives, and business colleagues of the move
  • Cancel home insurance but maintain personal property insurance so that household goods remain insured en route to your new home. Usually movers only cover what they pack
  • Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable
  • Check your dry cleaner and shoe repair services for possibly forgotten items
  • Have a “first open” box with things you’ll need most: toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pens, paper, cups & plates, water and snacks
Plus, if you’re moving out of town
  • Long distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Note the weight of goods you are moving. Heavy items like used appliances may be less expensive to replace than move
  • Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and pets
  • Get copies of children’s school records for transfer
  • Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood
  • Consider special car needs for pets when traveling
  • Let a friend or relative know your route
  • Safely pack items from your safe deposit box
  • Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold weather

More Moving Tips

Your children may feel anxious and excited at the thought of a moving adventure. To ensure that they are most comfortable in their new surroundings, here are some suggestions:

  1. Be sure to investigate the local children attractions in your new destination. Do a field trip, if necessary.
  2. Community recreation and activity programs may be available for class enrollment.
  3. Drive by and get familiar with the local schools and parks.
  4. Assist in getting the kid’s rooms set up first. A new piece of furniture does wonders.
  5. Rental movies might help keep the kids occupied as you begin to get moved into your new home.
  6. Have snacks and drinks available on moving day.
  7. Special books, craft items, and games may keep the kids occupied on moving day, too.
  8. If the children are young, a babysitter may assist you in being responsible for the kids on the day you move into your new home.
  9. Have a change of clothes easily accessible for the kids.
  10. Any medications that are taken on a regular basis should be easily accessible to you.
  11. Listen to your children. Moving can cause some anxiety in children so be sure to calm their fears
Your pets require special care and attention when moving to a new location. Listed below are some suggestions on making the move as comfortable as possible.

Small dogs and cats can be flown by air transportation or driven along in the car. There are businesses that specialize in the transportation of pets. Your moving company may be able to supply you with the names of pet movers or you can look on the web. If you are arriving in your new destination by air transportation, your pet(s) can ride along in the baggage compartment. If you choose to transport your pet(s) in this fashion, here is a quick checklist of items to consider:

  1. You must provide the airline carrier with a current health certificate from your veterinarian.
  2. Make sure to speak with the airlines about their specific rules and regulations regarding pet transportation. They may provide special shipping containers.
  3. If you have a container for your pet, make certain that it fits within the requirements of the airline carrier.
  4. Tranquilizers may be appropriate to obtain from your veterinarian to give to your pet prior to the trip.
  5. Something familiar to your pet, such as a toy or an article of clothing/blanket, may help your pet feel more comfortable during the flight.

If your pet is flying without you, be sure you have arranged for someone to pick up your pet. If you do not know anyone in the new destination, a local kennel can do that for you. Some kennels will board pets, which may assist you in the move as well.

If your pet(s) are traveling with you in the car, be sure to have their water bowl, leash, and favorite toy. Be sure to make frequent stops as pets can get carsick easily and being restricted in a car all day can make them nervous and upset. Some motels and hotels offer accommodations for pets. Be sure to plan your stay on the road ahead of time.

Smaller pets such as hamsters, birds, and other small animals can be transported in the car fairly easily. Make sure that your pet has enough food and water in their cages and they are kept out of drafts or extreme temperatures. Cover their cages to keep them quiet and calm.

It is best for the plants if you can transport them in the car. Here are some suggestions for moving your plants.

  1. Three weeks before you move, prune back your plants to make them hardier and less bulky for the trip.
  2. Two weeks before moving, place your plants in a plastic bag with a pest/bug strip or pest control powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight. This will kill any pests on the plants or in the soil.
  3. The day before your move, place plants in the travel containers. Cardboard boxes are preferable. Secure the plants by packing dampened newspaper or dampened packing paper around the base of the plants and soil. Use more paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top of the plants to keep them moist.
  4. On moving day, set the boxes aside so that the moving company does not load them onto the moving van.
  5. On moving day, close up the boxes and punch air holes in the top. Load them into your car.
  6. While the plants are in the car, take care not to leave the plants to extreme heat or cold.
  7. Unpack the plants as soon as you arrive. Remove the plants from the bottom of the box in order to avoid breaking the stems.
  8. Gradually expose plants to sunlight to reduce shock.
  9. If you leave your plants behind, take cuttings. Put the cuttings into a plastic bag with wet paper towels wrapped around the cuttings.
  10. Don’t take plants that are in the ground or items that were included in the sale!

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