|Home Seller's Guide - Close the Deal|
Congratulations! It's done - you've sold your house!
It's finally time to leave the old place and move on. Depending upon your arrangements with the buyer, you will probably be moving out either right before or after the closing.
Be Prepared for the Movers
Make sure the moving van has room to park and easy access to both houses. Movers expect payment upon delivery, so you'll also need to have a certified check and/or cash available to settle the bill. Many movers accept credit cards as well, so inquire in advance if this is your chosen payment method. Tipping is customary - usually about $20 per mover - though this is obviously highly variable with the length and difficulty of the move.
Work With the Movers
Be available to answer questions about packing order and fragile items. Point out any items you intend to move yourself, and keep these things separated from those to be handled by the movers. Make sure the movers have clear directions to your new house as well as a phone number to reach someone if they get lost or have any problems. Make sure someone remains at the old home until the movers are packed and ready to leave.
Do a Final Walkthrough
Make one last inspection to insure that nothing has been forgotten and left behind. It's OK to have a few minutes to yourself if you are feeling emotional at this point.
Arrange for Mail to be Forwarded
You'll actually want to make these arrangements a week or two before moving day. Go to your old post office and arrange for mail to be forwarded to your new address (if you had a P.O. box you may want to retain it for a period of time). Send out change of address cards with your new location.