Here is a list and timeline of important items to consider as you get closer to closing on your new home.

Get estimates from moving companies and arrange a method of payment ASAP
Get packing paper, pad for inventory, marking pens, boxes and twine for packing belongings ASAP
Notify existing water company 25 days prior
Notify new water company 25 days prior
Notify cell phone company 25 days prior
Notify current telephone company 25 days prior
Notify new telephone company 25 days prior
Notify new cable/satellite company 25 days prior
Notify existing gas/oil company 25 days prior
Notify new gas/oil company 25 days prior
Notify new electric company 25 days prior
Notify existing electric company 25 days prior
Notify credit card companies 25 days prior
Notify housecleaning service 25 days prior
Notify vehicle registration and licensing agency 25 days prior
Notify existing internet supplier 25 days prior
Notify new internet supplier 25 days prior
Complete Change of Address form with the Postal Service 25 days prior
Notify lawyer 25 days prior
Notify financial companies 25 days prior
Arrange for a yard sale for unnecessary belongings 25 days prior
Notify alarm service 25 days prior
Notify credit card companies 25 days prior
Notify schools 25 days prior
Notify mailed subscription services (magazines, Amazon, dog food, etc.) 25 days prior
Notify doctors/dentists 25 days prior
Notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 25 days prior
Notify garbage (special pick-up) 25 days prior
Notify loan institutions 25 days prior
Notify library 25 days prior
Notify your employer 25 days prior
Notify insurance agencies 25 days prior
Arrange for work to be completed at new home 15 days prior
Return all rented/borrowed items 15 days prior
Clean rugs and drapes 5 days prior
Take down any items that have been excluded in your contract 5 days prior
Prepare a list of items you’ll need immediately at your new home, such as a flashlight, light bulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, snacks and drinks 5 days prior
Get utilities turned on, or meters read 5 days prior
Collect all keys including garage and shed for new owner 1 day prior
Leave garage door openers for new owner 1 day prior
Leave all manuals, warranties and guarantees for new owner 1 day prior
All meters read Moving Day
Lights turned off Moving Day
Keys left as agreed with new residence Moving Day
Windows and doors locked Moving Day
Double check rooms, closets, drawers, shelves, outdoor areas and garage to make sure you’ve taken everything Moving Day
Furnace turned down or off Moving Day
Get appliances hooked up in new house Moving Day
Give your new phone number and an alternate contact to your mover before they leave Moving Day
Make sure you have your insurance policies Moving Day
Make sure you have your moving related documents Moving Day
Check to see appliances are working at new home (refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer) Moving Day

Learn more about the Buying Process and what you need to prepare.

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Burlington Office

403 S. Gear Avenue, Suite 105
West Burlington, IA 52655