Post-Closing Checklist

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

 

  • 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.