MovingWhen you purchase your new home in the beautiful WaterGrass community, the waiting time between contract and closing will be filled with excitement and the hustle and bustle of moving.  It’s time to pack up your old house and move all your cherished items to your new home. Where do you start? Fortunately, Standard Pacific Homes, a builder featured in the WaterGrass community, has provided these helpful moving tips to keep the packing process moving along and end with a successful move:

One Month Before Moving

  • Schedule the mover
  • Arrange for transportation of vehicles and pets
  • Submit change of address forms to the U.S. Postal Service
  • Contact new schools and arrange for transfer of records
  • Notify your doctor and get referrals for new doctors
  • Give the landlord notice in writing, if necessary
  • Compile a list of important new phone numbers
  • Get recommendations for banks, lawyers, and religious institutions in your new area
  • Donate unwanted items to charity or hold a garage sale
  • Begin packing items not used often

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Arrange for changeover/disconnection of utilities
  • Coordinate with newspaper companies to cancel old deliveries and start up a new subscription
  • Measure your new home, and start to determine where you’ll place furniture
  • Fill and transfer prescriptions
  • Find out about your new state’s driver and auto licensing procedures, if applicable
  • Inquire about changing your voter registration
  • Keep packing!

One Week Before Moving

  • Keep packing!
  • Inform friends and relatives of your new address and phone number
  • Get cleaning supplies ready
  • Confirm arrangements with moving and storage companies, as well as auto and pet transportation companies
  • Transfer bank accounts, if necessary
  • Pack items to be carried in the car
  • Pack yard and shed items. Don’t forget to drain fuel and oil from lawnmowers and power equipment and dispose of all other flammable items
  • Drain water from garden hoses

One Day Before Moving

  • Clean refrigerator and defrost the freezer
  • Set aside fragile items and valuables for special handling
  • Pack a box of basics for the next 24 hours. This might include medicine, toiletry items, all-purpose household cleaners, food and water.
  • Finish packing!

Moving Day

  • Take movers for a last-minute walk through and identify items that require special handling
  • Double-check to make sure windows are closed, closets are empty, lights are out, and doors are locked
  • Leave keys and garage door openers for new owners or tenants
  • Supervise placement of boxes and furniture at your new home in WaterGrass
  • Make sure utilities and phones are working at your new home
  • Let family and friends know you’ve arrived safely
  • Begin unpacking

Keep these tips in mind for an easy, stress-free transition into your new home.

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