Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Home Buying Process: Step #10


This is the final post of ten in a series about the home buying process.  The purpose of this series is to educate the reader on different steps in the process to ease any anxiety of the unknown.  Whether you are a first-time buyer or have purchased in the past, it is always advantageous to be up-to-date with the latest news and information to make your path to home ownership as smooth as possible.

Step #9:  Closing

Step #10:  Moving Day!

The process of buying a home is, at times, exhausting.  You now have the key in your hand to your new home, but there is still a ton of work left to do.  The best news is that you are in control of the work, not a bank, lender, seller, or anyone else that could possibly keep you from your dream home.

Moving 'stuff' is fairly straight forward.  Hire a moving company if you have too much to handle or are under certain time constraints.  This post is about the things that are not 'stuff' related.  Many people get their new home and then think solely about moving 'stuff' in, and never stop to think about the little details that are involved in a move.  Below is a checklist taken from the Keller Williams Buyer's Guide of contacts you should make before you move.  The companies and service providers listed are contacts that may not be urgent needs, but will help you to become more familiar with your new community.


Utilities:
______Electric
______Telephone
______Water
______Cable
______Gas
Professional Services:
______Broker
______Accountant
______Doctor
______Dentist
______Lawyer
Government:
______Internal Revenue Service
______Post Office
______Schools
______State Licensing
______Library
______Veterans Administration
Clubs:
______Health & Fitness
______Country Club

Insurance Companies:
______Accidental
______Auto
______Health
______Home
______Life
______Renters
Business Accounts:
______Banks
______Cellular Phone
______Department Stores
______Finance Companies/Credit Cards
Subscriptions:
______Magazines
______Newspapers
Miscellaneous:
______Business Associates
______House of Worship
______Drug Store
______Dry Cleaner
______Hair Stylist

The checklist certainly isn't a complete list of necessary contacts as it will differ for each person.  But, be sure that you review the list to assess your needs and plan accordingly.  Your agent will be able to help you when it comes to local contacts and may have some additional items to add to the list.

Once again, congratulations on becoming a homeowner.  I hope the series of posts that I have provided to help you understand the process have made the process as stress-free as possible.

Take care,
Scott Morrison

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