You've probably spent so much time and effort on making sure your home sells for the best price possible that you may not realize there's more to do! Now that the SOLD sign is in your yard, here are some things you can do to get ready for the move.
Stop by your local post office to pick up a change of address form so your mail will be forwarded to your new home. If you're not sure of your next permanent address, consider renting a post office box for a few months to guarantee your mail delivery will not be interrupted.
Be sure to notify anyone who provides you with service at your home that you are moving -
landscapers, home cleaners or window washers. If you are moving out of the area, ask for recommendations of service providers you could use at your new home.
It's time to decide now which belongings have sentimental value, and which you can part with. Set a weekend aside to have a moving sale and arrange for a local charity to come by and pick up whatever doesn't sell. This will make it much easier to pack and will also save you money, since movers generally charge by the pound.
Getting started on these activities will ensure that you and your family experience a smooth transition to your next property.
Call and schedule a date for termination of utilities, phone and cable services so you don't pay for service after you move.
Give children a job to do during moving preparations. Boxing up their books or toys gets them involved with, and excited about, the move.
Exchanges usually involve slightly greater costs than sales, so not every transaction should be an exchange
Your personal tax advisor can offer information specific to your situation and help you determine if a 1031 is right for you.
Don't pack your child's security blanket or other favorite toy. It should travel with your child instead.
Moving during the middle of the school year allows your children to make new friends right away.