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Moving into a new house: checklist

After the long process of searching for houses, submitting offers, going under contract, and closing on the sale, you can finally turn your attention to the big move. It can feel like there’s an endless list of things to do, but there are some key steps you can take before moving day that could set you up for a smoother experience. 
Here's a checklist of to-dos to consider while the house is still empty: 
  • Change the locks on all exterior doors to ensure the security of your new home. 
  • Get a professional cleaning service to deep-clean the house from top to bottom, or do it yourself. 
  • Get a fresh coat of paint on the walls, ceilings, and cabinets. 
  • Replace any old or worn-out carpet. 
  • Install new light switches, electrical outlet plates, and other hardware for an easy refresh. 
  • Have the heating and cooling equipment inspected, cleaned, and serviced to avoid an in-season emergency. 
  • Contact utility providers to ensure your services for things like electrical, water, trash collection, and cable are set up and active when you move in. 
  • Install window treatments for privacy and a nice finishing touch. 

Buying and selling houses at the same time: temporary living arrangements

When selling a home and buying a new home at the same time, the dates may not line up exactly, which means finding a temporary place to stay until your move-in date. If you’re selling a home at the same time, you may be able to negotiate a rent-back arrangement to let you stay in the home until you can get into your new one.  
If you’re renting, your landlord may let you pay month-to-month until you close on your home and are ready to move in.  
If neither of those are options, you may be able to stay with friends or family or find a short-term rental until your moving day. 

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This information is general in nature and provided for educational purposes only.