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