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Condo Moving Tips

Two Months Before the Cape Cod MA Condo Purchase

  • Remove unnecessary items from your attic, basement storage shed, etc. Use things you can't move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
  • Research your new Cape Cod neighborhood get the locations of grocery stores, the post office, town offices, banks, library, gyms, etc.
  • Stay informed about possible updates to your Cape Cod condo complex on our Cape Cod Condo Blog.
  • Obtain a floor plan of your new condominium and decide what furniture to keep.
  • Start an inventory of your household items.
  • Get estimates from at least three moving companies.
  • Find out from your homeowners insurance agent how much (or if) your move is covered for.
  • Make a file for all your moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange the transfer of your children's school records.

Six Weeks Before the Condominium Purchase

  • Obtain tax-deductible information from the IRS and/or your CPA.
  • Review your inventory of household items. Are there items that you can dispose of or donate?
  • Report your forthcoming address change to friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
  • Subscribe to the local news in your new neighborhood and learn about the local government, community and social news and activities.
  • If necessary, start the off-site storage process.
  • Look for health-care professionals and hospitals in your new condo area.
  • Send change of address cards (available at the post office) to the following: banks; credit cards; church; doctors/dentist; relatives and friends; income tax bureau/Social Security Administration/union; insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker; magazines; post office; and schools.
  • Clean out the closets.
  • Have a yard sale or donate items to charities.
  • Select a mover and make arrangements for insurance coverage.
  • If relocating for work, call your new employer to find out if they will cover any of the costs.

One Month Before Buying a Condo

  • Begin the packing process.
  • Have furniture, drapes and carpets repaired or cleaned if needed.
  • Collect all important documents such as car license and registration papers, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial records, etc.
  • Call utilities (gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV and trash collection companies) for service disconnect /connect at your old and new addresses, and to request final readings.
  • Ask for refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable/internet service.
  • Notify service providers such as trash collector, gardener, snow removal service and pool cleaner.
  • Call insurance companies (auto, homeowner's, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new condo on Cape Cod.

Three Weeks Before

  • Make travel plans.
  • Prepare to close current bank accounts and open ones on Cape Cod.
  • Report your change of address to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Reserve a babysitter for moving day.

Two Weeks Before

  • Arrange special transportation for pets and/or plants.
  • Contact the movers and review all the details for the move.

One Week Before

  • Make detailed directions and a schedule with emergency contact numbers for the movers.
  • Pay all bills with local shops. Pick up dry cleaning, and return library books and any rented or borrowed items.
  • Get copies of pets records from their veterinarian.
  • Drain gas and oil from mowers, chainsaws, etc.
  • Give away plants not being moved.
  • Cancel the newspaper.
  • Refill your prescriptions
 
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