1. Change your address. Stop at your local PO or visit the United States Postal Service’s website to change your address. Doing this early ensures that your mail will make as smooth a transition as you do. A side benefit is the coupon package that comes with the form.
2. Update your contact information. Change your address online with creditors, financial institutions, schools, publications, and anyone else that is important to you. Your change of address form from the PO will forward your mail – but going right to the source will ensure your new address is on file.
3. Tell your mailman and say “Thank You!” A little consideration goes a long way when it comes to forwarding mail.
4. Change the locks. You don’t always know who has keys to your home. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith.
5. Get the house deep-cleaned. The previous owners probably had it cleaned, but while it is empty of furniture is a great time to give it a really deep cleaning. Money well spent. Make sure the crew gets inside closets, cabinets and drawers.
6. Get carpets cleaned. Carpets have been shown to be “germ hotspots”.
7. Call an exterminator. No comment needed here!
8. Research utilities. Current providers might be the best (or only) options…but they may NOT be. Deregulation in some areas means competitive rates for utilities that can pay off. Ask about new user discounts.
9. Shut off utilities on the house you’re moving from. One of the most commonly forgotten details.
10. Alert service providers.…gardener, or anyone else who services your home regularly.
11. Pare down your stuff…you’ll actually feel like you’ve lost weight! You don’t want to cart things you never use from your old house to your new one. If you don’t have time to a garage sale, research local donations spots and take advantage of charities that will come to your house and do a pickup.
SOURCE: Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com