Vacating an Inherited Home

If you think the home vacating process after inheriting a home is stressful, then don't plan for your move and watch how much more stressful it will become. Of course, the simplest piece of advice if you are planning on vacating a home, would be to sit down with someone who has recently relocated and quiz them about their experiences.

Taking those experiences and learning from their mistakes will help you to plan your move effectively. If you don't have someone in this position that you can talk to, then this chapter will at least highlight some areas that you might want to look at and to use them as the basis for your own moving plan.

A common mistake people make is to pack all of their important documents in boxes and then transporting them with everything else that is being moved. Once they reach their destination, they have problems when information is needed and cannot be found because it isn't immediately at hand. So, before you pack these items, take the time to write down all of your account numbers (bank, mortgage, insurance, etc.)  and contact details onto a piece of paper and carry it with you to your new home, rather than in the transportation vehicle.

 A better idea is to photocopy all of the important documents and keep those with you at all times. Then you could ask a trusted family member or friend to hold of it while you are moving. It can then be returned to you once you have settled into your new home.

Now it is time to pull together all of your packing materials and secure all your belongings, prior to loading it up into the moving vehicle. You will need to carefully assess all of the smaller items that need packing and then sort out the cardboard boxes that you will be using as containers for these items. It is important to gather various size boxes since you will want all of your items to be tightly packed inside them. to reduce movement during transportation and moving.   

Boxes can be found at various places, such as supermarkets and department stores, but you may be better off getting clean boxes from a moving company that have been designed specifically for the purpose of moving. For example, you can get cardboard boxes with hanging bars so you can hang your clothes and reduce the chances of wrinkling them.

The added benefit of purchasing clean boxes from a moving company is that most moving companies will refund you some of your money if you return any unused boxes, or even used boxes that are still in good condition. Another piece of advice to remember is to always over-estimate your needs than under-estimate them.

The last thing you want is to run out of packing material on the day of your move and have nothing to pack those last minute items you were using the night before moving out. Once you know how many boxes you are going to need, it will also help you to determine the size of the truck you will need.

 When you choose the size of the van you are going to hire, you will need to determine whether you will need a tail-lift. This will cost you a few additional dollars, but it will also help save your back. This will prevent potential injuries since you won’t have to lift heavy objects such as a heavy washing machine three feet in the air to load it into the back of the truck.

Again, if you have friends who have just moved recently, find out if they hired a van or truck and learn from their experience. Use the Internet to find truck rental companies and compare pricing. Even better look for companies that offer online reviews.

They may not all be 100% correct, but if you pay attention to the negative reviews, you may see a few red flags that you may want to consider before hiring a truck. If you are going to do the move yourself, you should try to enlist the help of family and friends, especially to help you move the large and heavy items. 

Not only will this save you money, it can also potentially help save your furniture from damage when they are being dropped or dragged because you didn't have enough hands on deck. Don't focus all of your energy on working out how you are going to move everything out from your old home to the new one.

There are other items that need to be taken care of. Such as notifying the utilities companies of your impending move. Be sure to let them know the date you will be vacating the premises and ask them to read the meter on that day while you are still there, if possible.

Also make sure the utility companies supplying your new homes are aware of the day you are taking up residence to ensure you are able to utilize those services immediately.

Be sure to give your landlord (if you are renting) adequate notice of your impending move. The amount of time would be determined by what is written in your lease.

Always be sure to leave your old home in a clean and presentable condition. You never know when you are going to need assistance from your old landlord (e.g. forwarding mail, giving references, etc.), so leave him or her with a good and lasting impression of you.

Finally make sure the post office knows of your forwarding address in advance of your leaving date. They can then automatically forward any written correspondence to your new address. Also contact any creditors you may have (your doctor, dentist, attorney and other important contacts) to let them know your new address. 

This could save you any headaches from missing deadlines because of the delay in redirecting your mail. If you follow these tips then you will surely have fewer headaches and stress. Then you will truly be able to enjoy your hot bath safe in the knowledge that you completed everything as planned.


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