The Post Closing Checklist

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You’ve just closed your house purchase–now what? Of course, there’s the packing, unpacking and decorating. This checklist will help you stay on track.

Determine your moving needs, including:

  • Movers or a van (donate items you will not take with you in the move prior to obtaining an estimate)
  • Boxes (include a variety of sizes and divided containers for glassware)
  • Packing paper, tape and markers to identify boxes
  • Consider moving special breakables yourself, if possible
  • Have paper towel, bathroom tissue, plastic cups and other necessities available for use on moving day
  • Measure doors, hallways and stairways prior to moving day to be sure they will accommodate your possessions
  • Save your receipts – you may be able to deduct some moving expenses
  • Get the names and addresses, payment dates, account numbers and amounts you have to pay for your mortgage, taxes, condo maintenance and
  • utility charges.
  • Create your change of address notification list, including:

  • The post office
  • Employers
  • Doctor and dentist offices
  • Benefit providers
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Auto and home insurance
  • Additional checklist items:

  • Change your driver’s license and your registration information with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Failing to do so could incur a fine.
  • Get to know your neighborhood: the closest grocery stores, pharmacies, police and fire stations, hospital. Ask your realtor or loan officer for recommendations for veterinarians and other professionals.
  • Call your local government office to identify garbage and recycling days.
  • Change the locks, or at least the tumblers, on all doors.
  • Consider upgrading the locks to deadbolts for greater home security.