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How to Make Your Move to a New Home Easier

September 20, 2016

Happy couple with a kid in their new home laying on the floor with cardboard boxes around
After you buy one of the new homes in Midland GA, there will be a lot of things you need to do to get ready for the move beyond packing, changing your address and turning on utilities. Here are a few things you may not have thought of yet that will make the process easier for you and your family.

  1. Hook up cable and internet ASAP – Getting electricity service started in your new home is pretty easy. It usually just requires a phone call. But cable and internet – that’s a different story. There are a lot of options available, so it’s important to do your homework first to find out what’s available in your new neighborhood and what’s best for your home. Make any necessary installation appointments as close to your move-in day as possible (or even before if you can) to ease the transition from one home to the other.
  1. Research pet daycare options – Cats and dogs don’t always adjust to moves easily. You might want to board your animals for a few days to minimize the trauma during the actual move and initial unpacking. Make arrangements in advance so your precious pets will be well taken care of.
  1. Pack a box of essentials to take with you – It’s always wise to pack a box of essential items you’ll need for those first couple of days in your new home and bring it with you in your car. This way, you’ll be covered in case there’s an unexpected holdup with your moving truck. Some of the items to consider bringing along with you include:
  • Two or three days’ worth of clothes for everyone, including pj’s
  • Towels & toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Medications
  • First Aid kit
  • Jewelry and other precious items
  • Phone chargers
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Paper plates, disposable cups and silverware
  • Pet food and bowls (unless you’re boarding your animals)
  • Dog leashes and beds
  • Checkbooks and credit cards
  • Important papers including taxes, passports, social security cards etc.
  • Cooler stocked with sandwich fixings, snacks and bottled water
  1. Something new for the kids – It’s pretty much a given that your little ones will get bored during the moving process. Keep them entertained with a simple deck of cards or a new coloring book and crayons.
  1. Research moving companies carefully – Experts recommend getting quotes from at least three moving companies and make sure they do in-home assessments so your quote is as accurate as possible. Get recommendations from family and friends, or free moving quotes from websites like Relocation.com. Check the companies out on sites like Consumer Affairs and MovingScam.com. And remember that moving expenses are tax deductible. Download and print IRS Change of Address Form 8822 and the Moving Expenses Form 3903 from the IRS website.
  1. Get to know your neighbors – Create an account on the social networking service Nextdoor so you can start getting to know the neighbors in your community, as well as babysitters, handymen and garage sales.
  1. Leave the garage door opener – Check the visor of your car for the garage door clicker before you leave your old home. The new owners of your home will thank you for it.
  1. Change the locks – If you buy an existing home, make sure you change the locks before you move in. You never know who could have a copy of your house key.
  1. Call a cleaning service – Check your home before you move in to see if it’s been cleaned. If not, you’ll want to make sure that’s taken care of before you unpack.
  1. Find a doctor and dentist – There’s nothing worse than being sick in a new neighborhood and not knowing who to call. Do some research before the move so you know who to call when you need medical attention.

Let the experts at Rose Anne Erickson Realty help you search for new homes in Midland GA. Call us at 706-257-1775 today.

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