There is a lot on your mind when you are buying a home. Between securing financing for your new property and wrapping things up with your existing one, the minor details are easy to overlook. Typically it is the small things in real estate that can cause the greatest stress. The last thing you may be thinking about with your new home is what cable company you are going to use. It is only when your sale gets closer that this will come into focus. Before you know it you will be in your new house for weeks wondering why you didn’t call sooner. Let your real estate agent handle the major parts of your transaction while you take care of the seemingly smaller items. Here are four areas that are often overlooked when moving into a new home.
Utilities.You want to be able to live comfortably in your home as soon as you take ownership. There will always be some type of an adjustment period but your goal should be to make this as quick as possible. Items such as electricity and water need to be set up and transferred into your name days and even weeks in advance. Anyone that has ordered new cable knows that getting installation can take weeks in certain areas. With our dependency on electronics every day without internet can feel like months. You should also look for local oil companies if the property is heated by oil. Think about every utility you have now and what you need to do to have it transferred or installed for your new property. Don’t wait until the week of your transaction to get moving on this.
Move In/Out.Before your closing is scheduled you need to have a plan for moving in and moving out. Packing is one of the areas that most sellers dread. However it is an essential part of the process. You will make your life much easier if you take a few minutes to organize how you plan to pack. At this point you need to reach out to local truck companies and secure a vehicle. If you plan on putting any items in storage you should shop around for the best fees and terms. Additionally if you are using a moving company you should have a firm time and date set up at least a week in advance.
Change of Address. One of the most overlooked parts of the move is the change of address forms. It is not enough to reach out to any magazines or credit cards you have and give them your new address. This certainly helps but it doesn’t solve all of your mail problems. You need to go to the post office and find out exactly what you need to do. There is usually a short form that takes just a few minutes to fill out. It may take some time to go into effect so the sooner you do this the less chance you will lose something important in the mail.
Drive the Area. It is helpful in your transition to take some time to get to know as much as possible about your new neighborhood. Find out where the nearest gas station and grocery store are. Pick up some take out menus at local restaurants. The odds are you will be eating out quite a bit until you unpack and get everything settled in your new home. Play around and see if there are any short cuts that can get you around traffic. The more you know about your new neighborhood the smoother the transition will be.
There are plenty of important things you need to do when buying a home. These four items may not be high on your list but they will help reduce stress and make things easy as possible.