Moving Reminders for Buyers
By: Valinda Hanna-Lazarus
The AM Group Keller Williams Port St Lucie
Purchasing a new home can produce quite a range of emotions. There can be joy, exhilaration, trepidation, anxiety, pressure, and exhaustion all in one transaction! As a REALTOR®, I too journey the roller coast ride of emotions with my clients. Finding the perfect home, negotiating the contract, helping buyers through the mortgage and closing process, and then finally handing them the keys take me to the moon and back! Luckily an astronaut is always fully trained and well-prepared for the journey.
Knowledge and planning are two very important factors that can take the stress out of home-buying, and my job includes giving my buyers the information they need to help them along. Shortly before the actual closing day, there is usually a flurry of activity and a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed. It is during this process the little but yet very important things get missed out in preparation for moving. Here are some reminders to smoothly transition into your new launching pad.
- Make sure to request new service or transfer all utilities, including cable, water, electric and gas for move-in date.
- If you’re moving into a gated community, you will need gate code access for the day of closing (some homeowners association don’t issue until after closing). Also, verify if you’re community has time restrictions on how long a moving truck or pod can be in the driveway.
- Be proactive and ask if the seller can leave a list of local vendors that provided service to the home, e.g. pool maintenance, lawn care or heating & cooling technicians.
- Give the post office ample time for mail forwarding instructions to your new address.
- Contact your bank, financial institution or Social Security Administration about your upcoming move (certain types of mail from these organization may not forward).
- If you’re relocating, obtain your medical records or prescriptions if possible to take with you.
- Get a list of network doctors and pharmacies in your new community from your health insurance provider.
- Shortly after closing, apply for homestead exemption on your new home. This is an important step that buyers sometimes forget and then miss the application deadline.