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National Advantage Real Estate Service

328 E. Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30)

New Lenox, IL 60451

(815) 485-0304 

Eleanor Nastepniak

Eleanor@nastepniak.com

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Moving In
It's finally moving day! Depending upon your arrangements with the seller, you will be able to move in either right after the closing or the next day.

Be Prepared for the Movers
Make sure the moving van has room to park as well as easy access to both houses. Movers expect payment upon delivery, so you'll also need to have a certified check and/or cash available to settle the bill. Many movers accept credit cards as well, so inquire in advance if this is your chosen payment method. Tipping is customary - usually about $20 per mover - though this is obviously highly variable with the length and difficulty of the move.

Work With the Movers
Be available to answer questions about packing order and fragile items. Point out any items you intend to move yourself, and keep these things separated from those to be handled by the movers. Make sure the movers have clear directions to the new house as well as a phone number to reach someone if they get lost or have any problems. Make sure someone remains at your old home until the movers are packed and ready to leave.

Do a Final Walkthrough
Make one last inspection of your old home to insure that nothing has been forgotten and left behind. It's OK to have a few minutes to yourself if you are feeling emotional at this point.

Arrange for Mail to be Forwarded
You'll actually want to make these arrangements a week or two before moving day. Go to your old post office and arrange for mail to be forwarded to your new address (if you had a P.O. box you may want to retain it for a period of time). Send out change of address cards with your new location.

Get Settled into Your New Home
Target the most important areas of your new home and unpack for these rooms first. Arrange to have someone available at the house during the first few days to coordinate installations and deliveries. Have written instructions prepared for installers to make sure you get phone lines and TV jacks in the right places. If you have any improvement projects planned you can start scheduling the work if you haven't done so already.

Change the Locks
Though many people don't bother with this precaution it is extremely advisable to do so - you probably know very little about the seller and even less about anyone to whom they may have given a key.

Deal with Any Problems
If you discover any problems with the home after you move in, stay calm. Have the problem checked out and documented by a qualified professional, then consult with your attorney - the seller may be liable for any deficiencies that were not disclosed to the purchaser.

Finish the Paperwork
Store your purchase and closing documentation where you can easily find them at tax time (or whenever else they are required). Complete any paperwork required by local schools (if you have children who are enrolling). Don't forget to change your driver's license, automobile registration, and voter registration, if necessary. Lastly, confirm that the deed was correctly filed with the appropriate authorities.
 

Links to helpful moving resources

Movers Guide From USPS.com

 

Moving to a new home can be a stressful experience for many homeowners.

But imagine how it can affect your pet. The Humane Society of the United States has a few tips for owners to help make Fido or Snowball feel more comfortable during the transition.

 Before moving in, remove odors from previous pets. Moving into a home where other pets resided previously might encourage your pet to mark its territory.

 On moving day, confine your pet to a safe, quiet place with favorite toys, familiar blankets, food and water. When the moving is complete, allow your pet to explore the home with you. Show your pet where you placed the favorite food bowl, bed, toys and litter box so they can become more familiar with their surroundings.

For more moving tips for pets and pet owners, visit the Humane Society Web site, www.hsus.org.

 

Moving with your pets
Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet's medical history, and be sure all shots are current.
When you move, take along a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, says your pet is in good condition. The rabies certificate states when and where your pet was vaccinated.
If you move across state lines, call or write the state veterinarian for laws on the entry of animals. Some states require up-to-date rabies vaccinations.
Shortly before the move, your pets may become nervous because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them; stress may cause them to misbehave or run off. Consider having them boarded during the most hectic days.
Make certain your pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags.
After the move, give them time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Don't let them roam freely until they learn where "home" is now.
If you pet has an ID implant, remember to update your contact information.
 

Just for Dogs

If possible, try to ease your dog into the new environment. If your move is not a great distance, take your dog with you for visits to the new home prior to your move. Let your dog sniff and explore.
After the move, take your dog for walks to get acquainted with its new surroundings. Introduce neighbors as well as the mail carrier and other service people who will come to the home regularly.
Moving from the city to the suburbs, or the reverse, may mean a transition in housebreaking procedure. The suburban dog will find that city living means learning to relieve itself on the pavement rather than grass. (Don't forget the pooper scooper.) A city-bred dog must become accustomed to using a designated area in the suburban yard. Put your dog on a fairly rigid schedule just as you would a puppy.
 

Just for Cats

Introduce the cat to its new home one room at a time. For the first few days, restrict it to one room. Surround it with familiar objects: feeding and water bowls, toys, bed or blanket, and litter box (placed away from feeding bowls). Gradually introduce it to other rooms. As your cat acclimates itself, gradually move the feeding dishes and litter box to their permanent locations.
If your cat has been an outdoor cat in the country and moves to the city, keeping it a strictly indoor cat is recommended. Traffic and elevators (if you're in a high-rise) are among the hazards that can be life-threatening. Another danger is the "high-rise" syndrome. Be certain that all windows have secure screens to prevent your cat from falling.
Conversely, if yours is a city cat used to being indoors, proceed with caution if you allow the cat to go outside in a suburban setting. An indoor cat is not used to traffic or to other animals. And she may run away some cats have been known to travel incredible lengths to reach their former home.

 

 

Hello, I'm Eleanor Nastepniak of National Advantage Realty in New Lenox, Illinois. I'm committed to providing the highest level of service possible to my clients. I always try to stay educated on happenings in the market so I can provide the best professional advice and counsel. I love working with both buyers and sellers and I am dedicated to helping my clients navigate the markets smoothly and successfully.

 

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