Buying a new home is exciting, but once you finally have the keys in hand, it's time to move. Moving into a new home is a lot of work and hands down the most exhausting part of the home buying process. These are a few of the more common problems you might face when you're moving into a new home and how those issues can can be resolved.
Getting Everything Moved
Packing up your belongings, taking them to a new place, then unpacking them is the largest task involved with buying a new home. Worst, if you don't have friends or family to help you, the burden is completely on you.
One of the easiest solutions is to hire movers to do most of the work for you, but this obviously comes at a cost. Depending on the level of service the movers provide, you can do as little as collect the things you need for a few days, and the movers will take everything else. Some moving companies will do everything, including packing and unpacking your boxes, while others will just move everything from point A to point B, leaving you to do the packing and unpacking yourself. Of course you can only hire the level of service that your budget affords, but the more you can offload the easier moving becomes for you.
Cancelling and Setting Up Utilities
When you're moving, keep in mind that you'll also have to move your utilities services or set up new services all together. This is true especially if you're buying a home for the first time. Unlike an apartment which might include water, gas, electricity or garbage pickup in the monthly rent, you'll be paying all of these services out of pocket.
Remember to cancel your current utilities so that you're not paying more than you're really responsible for, and start to schedule dates to start service in your new home around the closing date. It's helpful if the person selling the home provides you with a list of service providers, but be prepared to do this research on your own in case that doesn't happen.
Getting the Timing Right
Having your move stay on schedule can be difficult, especially if you're moving on relatively short notice. When you're buying a home for the first time you'll need to schedule the closing as close as possible to your last day at your rental home. Overlapping too much when you still have time on your lease can lead to paying for a rental you're not using, but leaving a gap between your move-out date and your closing date can leave you without a place to sleep. If you have the flexibility, closing on your home a few days before you need to leave your current residence is the best option, giving you plenty of time to move.
If you're moving yourself, make arrangements for a rental truck well in advance and check with the facility the night before to confirm. Timing can also be an issue if you're moving into a condominium complex that has restrictions on move-in dates or times. Even bigger issues if you're moving in or out of the city, which may require permitting to reserve space for moving vehicles.
Moving can be complicated and exhausting, but buying a new home or just moving into a new one is an exciting time. Ultimately, you'll end up in a place that suits you and your family's needs better, making it well worth the trouble it takes to get moved from one place to another.
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