Moving Checklist

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Real Estate Agent

Over Lennar's 55 year history, we've seen a lot of new homebuyers move into their new homes. And we know that moving can be one of the most thrilling - and most chaotic - times of your life. There are many responsibilities that accompany the moving process, and overlooking even the simplest of those may cause unexpected setbacks for you. But with proper planning, you can make your move less stressful - and more fun.

So how can we help? At Lennar, our goal is to make your entire home buying experience as enjoyable as possible. That's why we have compiled this Moving Checklist to help facilitate your move. We hope these tips will be helpful for you.

9 - 10 Weeks Prior to Move

  • Talk to your New Home Consultant to establish tentative walk-through and closing dates. It is important that you continue frequent contact with your New Home Consultant up until the time of closing to verify these dates. Please keep in mind that due to the complexity of the building process, and the fact that we want to make sure that every component of your home is up to our standards of quality, these dates are subject to change.
  • Assemble a "Moving Planner" which includes a schedule, your moving checklist and a place to save all estimates and receipts associated with your move.
  • Start getting to know your new Community. Your New Home Consultant and the Community Page of the Lennar website are good starting points. As you continue to learn more about your new Community, the Internet is a great information source. You may also be able to obtain a relocating package from the local Chamber of Commerce. Some things you may wish to inquire about include the following:
    • Local Utility Companies
    • Schools & Day Care Establishments
    • Accessibility To Hospitals, Fire Stations & Police Stations
    • Health Facilities
    • Banks
    • Places of Worship
    • Shopping Establishments
    • Internet Service Providers
    • Storage Facilities
    • Doctors, Dentists & Pharmacies
    • Veterinarians
    • Lawn & Pool Maintenance Services
    • House Cleaning Services
    • Snow Removal Services
  • Take an inventory of your possessions. Document with photos and record serial numbers when applicable. This will be your "inventory sheet," which you can use to make sure that all of your possessions have arrived in good order as you are unpacking.

7 - 8 Weeks Prior to Move

  • Check back in with your New Home Consultant to review your walk-through and closing dates. Please keep in mind that due to the complexity of the building process, these dates are subject to change.
  • Start sorting through your belongings to determine those items you plan to discard.  Arrange to have a garage sale, or ask a local charity to pick up the items.
  • Consult with your accountant to determine any moving expenses that may be tax deductible.
  • Establish your budget for moving expenses, and start obtaining estimates from moving companies. When establishing your budget, account for the cost of special boxes that you will need to purchase for transporting your wardrobe and fragile belongings.
  • Arrange to have any pertinent school or day care records transferred to your new Community. Be sure to check school schedules and enrollment requirements.
  • Contact your insurance agent(s) to transfer your policies (health, fire, dental, homeowners, life, and automobile), and inquire about any changes that may adjust your policies. Also, verify that moving is covered in your policy - if not, invest in mover's insurance.

4 - 5 Weeks Prior to Move

  • Check back in with your New Home Consultant to review your walk-through and closing dates. Please keep in mind that due to the complexity of the building process, these dates are subject to change.
  • Take an inventory of items that are of significant value or difficult to replace - such as antiques, art collections, jewelry, wills, stock certificates, photos, home videos, etc. Shipping valuable items via Certified Mail or Federal Express, or personally moving these items are options to consider.
  • Make as many of your travel arrangements (flights, hotels, car rentals, etc.) as possible.
  • Consume or discard food items that are perishable or cannot be moved, such as frozen foods.
  • Obtain a Change-of-Address kit from your Post Office and start making a list of people and businesses to notify of your move, including family, friends, health care providers, banks, and business associates.
  • Choose the moving company that best accommodates your needs and budget. Confirm delivery dates and moving services in your Purchase Agreement.
  • Most moving companies have a list of items that they will not move - such as plants, firearms, and flammable items. Make arrangements to have those types of belongings moved separately.
  • If you are planning to do the packing yourself, stock up on packing supplies (boxes, tape, labels, markers, newspapers, bubble-wrap and any other items you might need.) When labeling your boxes, note the contents inside the box, whether they are fragile and the room in which they belong. Make a note if an item/box needs to be opened first upon arrival - for instance, bath and bedroom items may be the first you want to unpack.

2 - 3 Weeks Prior to Move

  • Check back in with your New Home Consultant to review your walk-through and closing dates and times.
  • There are a number of services that you will need to transfer. Some of those services are non-transferable and must be disconnected and then reconnected. Regardless, here are some services that you may start looking into: newspaper delivery, cable, electric, fuel, gas, telephone, water, garbage collection, storage facilities, lawn maintenance, pool maintenance, house cleaning services, internet services and health clubs.
  • Determine what you'll be taking with you on moving day - such as important or irreplaceable items, toys/games for kids, snacks and a first aid kit.
  • Confirm the delivery dates with your movers.
  • If necessary, schedule to have your car serviced for the trip.
  • Make sure all of your dry cleaning has been picked up, return any books that belong to the library and collect or return any items on loan.
  • Contact your new city's Department of Motor Vehicles to determine driver's license requirements, and transfer plates and/or registration on your vehicles.
  • Select a bank in your new city, transfer existing accounts and/or set up new accounts, and obtain a safety deposit box if needed.

1 Week Prior to Move

  • Check back in with your New Home Consultant to review your closing date and time.
  • Reconfirm the delivery dates with your movers.
  • Contact your title company or closing attorney a day or two before closing to determine the exact amount of the cashier's check you will need to close your loan.
  • Purchase travelers checks in case of an emergency or unplanned event.
  • Stock up on at least two weeks' worth of prescriptions.
  • When packing, dispose of all flammable items such as aerosol cans, paint, gasoline and any other items that your mover will not move and you do not plan to take with you.

You're Home!

  • When unpacking, account for all of your belongings by checking them against the inventory sheet that you created prior to moving.
  • Be sure to register to vote in your new Community.
  • For your convenience, we have placed a Customer Care Request Form and a copy of your new home warranty on our website. Please go to www.lennar.com for quick and easy access.
  • And last but not least, relax and enjoy your new Lennar home!
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Great checklist for buyers.

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