The Advisory is designed to assist home buyers in meeting their obligation to satisfy themselves as to the condition and desirability of property they are interested in purchasing. Common issues in real property transactions that home buyers often decide to investigate or verify are summarized in the Advisory.
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STEP 1: DEFINING WHAT YOU WANT
Start by creating a prioritized list of features you want in your next home and the reasons why. Use it as your search guide, but remember that depending on your funding, you will probably need to make some compromises. In addition, talk to your real estate professional about where you want to live. Location is a huge part of any move. CENTURY 21® professionals are trained to help their clients narrow down their choices by sharing market trends and local information likeneighborhood statistics and community links.
STEP 2 : FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD
STEP 2A : FIGURE OUT YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENT WITH OUR MORTGAGE CALCULATOR
STEP 3 : SHOPPING FOR HOMES
STEP 4 : MAKING AN OFFER
STEP 5 : INSPECTION AND INSURANCE
STEP 6 : THE FINAL CLOSING
SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME
- Contact utility companies and verify start dates.
- Check the condition of items as they are unloaded. Note damaged or missing items on the inventory list.
- Get necessary licenses including drivers and pet licenses.
- Resume delivery of newspapers and other publications.
- Let the local post office know that you have arrived.
- Create an emergency phone list for your new community and post on the refrigerator.
- Change batteries in smoke detectors and plan a fire escape route.
- Send a thank you note to neighbors, friends and family that assisted with the move.
- Consider changing the house locks.
- Register to vote.
- Mail “We’ve Moved” cards with your new address and telephone to friends and family.
CREATING A MARKETING PLAN
GET A MARKET ANALYSIS AND INFO ABOUT SELLING YOUR PROPERTY
SHOWING YOUR HOME
MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR MOVING DAY
- Get estimates from moving companies if you will use a mover.
- Get costs from at least two truck rental companies if you will move yourself.
- Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
- Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter
- Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).
- Arrange to transfer school records.
- Choose a mover (or truck rental company).
Six weeks prior to Moving Day
- Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
- Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community
- Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
- Ask your doctor or health plan for referrals and obtain all medical records.
- Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
- Clean all closets and drawers.
- Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
Four weeks prior to Moving Day
- Contact all utilities for service disconnection at your old home and connection at your new home.
- If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck.
- If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at the new house.
- Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
- Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
- Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
- Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
- Check to see if you need any moving permits.
- Plan your moving sale.
Two weeks prior to Moving Day
- Service your car in preparation for the move.
- Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
- Cancel newspaper delivery.
- Notify any creditors of your move.
- Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
- Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
Prior to Moving Day
- Transfer your bank accounts.
- Take animals to vet for immunization if necessary.
- Close your safe-deposit box.
- Settle any bills with local businesses.
- Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
- Confirm any travel reservations.
- Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.
- Let movers pack your belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
- Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
- Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
- Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new
- House. Clearly mark this box “Load Last.”
- Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and pay the movers.
- Confirm arrival time of your moving van.
- If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
MOVING DAY TIPS
- Have wrenches and other tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.
- Move valuables (jewelry, legal documents, family photos, records and collections) yourself – do not send with a moving company.
- If you are using a professional mover, check the inventory list and make sure you agree with the condition of items. Get a copy of the list for your records.
- Load trucks or supervise the moving company. Give every room a final once over. Don’t forget to check the basement, yards, attic, garage and closets.
- Turn off the water heater and lower the thermostat.
- Get the name of the driver and give him your contact information. Also review directions to the new house and the related floor plan.
- Be sure you have the final payment for the movers and money for a tip (if you are satisfied with the job, about $20 per mover is recommended.)