Congratulations, Your home is Sold! Now is the time to gather your many belongings, multiple sizes of boxes, black sharpies, bubble wrap, and rolls of tape to begin the process of packing up the contents of your home. However, there is a lot more to moving than just packing boxes. Here’s a list of important items that will need to be completed in order for you to make a smooth move into your next home, and avoid incurring extra costs.
- Select a Lawyer and notify your realtor of your choice. If you do not already have legal representation, we are happy to offer a list of excellent real estate lawyers for you to choose from. Your Lawyer will contact you to set up an appointment to sign off on the required documentation a few days before your closing.
- Contact your Home Insurance company to let them know you will be moving and cancel your policy.
- Inform your Utility providers of your closing date. Please note, even if you move out early, you are responsible to pay all utilities until the closing date. If you receive your current bills by Canada post, make sure to provide them with your new address so the final bill is forwarded accordingly.
- Notify any additional home services you have under contract, for example home security or TV and Internet Services. Depending on the service and provider, some companies will offer the option of transferring your current service to a new property without any penalty. While installation, set up and connection fees apply, you can usually negotiate the costs associated with your provider at the same time you schedule the service installation at your new home.
- If you do not have access to friends with trucks and strong backs, now is the time to schedule a rental vehicle that will accommodate your moving needs, or hire a moving company if you require assistance with the heavy lifting. It is important to note that every item, inside or outside the home, that does not form part of the purchase contract must be removed from the property.
- Change your address with your Car Insurance company, on your drivers’ licence, and of course with Canada Post. There is a cost to have your mail forwarded to your new address, but we would recommend selecting the option for at least one month. That way you will receive any of your personal mail from sources that you may have not thought to notify ahead of your move.
- If the purchase contract for your home included any repairs, or having the furnace or rugs professionally cleaned, you will want to book those services now. Keep a copy of the receipts and forward them on to your realtor as soon as the work is completed.
- Clean and Tidy the inside and the outside of the home. When possible, plan to do your final cleaning of the home after you have removed all of your personal belongings. It is best practice to leave the home in the same condition you would want it to be in if you were the one moving in, instead of the one moving out.
- On the day you move out, please leave the House Keys, Mailbox Keys, Garage remotes and any home controller’s (such as fireplace, ceiling fans etc) and any manuals for the kitchen appliances, washer & dryer, or any other items of note, on the kitchen countertop for the new owners. Also, if you have any special instructions you might think helpful regarding the home, such as how the security system or sound system works, please include a note for the buyers reference as it is always greatly appreciated.
- Finally, make one more check of all cabinets and closets, nooks and crannies, to make sure nothing has been left behind. It is our sincere hope, that when you lock the door to this property for the last time, we will be happily handing you keys that open the door to the next place you’re going to call home.
As always, we’re happy to chat and answer any questions you may have in order to assist you in making your move as smooth as possible.
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