Lucy, my wife of two years, and I purchased our first house together in Williamsburg and moved in on December 19. We did manage to enjoy Christmas Day with my children, who had also helped us with moving many items including our artwork, lamps, plants, and clothes.
Many of you have purchased or sold a house in the past few years, or maybe will be going through it in the next few years. Here are some of the things I learned from one of life’s most stressful experiences:
- Plan the details. Contact and schedule utilities, handyman, landscapers, floor people, piano movers, carpet cleaners and anyone else you may want to work on your house. And, think about the order you want things done. For instance, we made sure our piano was moved in and the handyman was finished before we had floor people come in.
- Utilities should be transferred effective the day of closing.
- Stay in touch with your Realtor, lender and title company/attorney (and builder for new construction). Keep asking everyone whether everything is on schedule for the closing date.
- For local moves, remember a quote from a moving company is only an estimate. It’s based on an hourly rate times the number of men. Some companies are not very good estimators even though they are excellent movers.
- Your lender will ask you for additional documents again, and again, and again. Smile – it just means you are moving forward.
- Because of the new federal rules and regulations regarding loan approval, that seem to keep changing every 6 months, your lender may not be able to confirm that you have final loan approval (the technical term is “clear to close”) until a day or two before your closing date. This seems to be the new normal and is very stressful.
- A house, whether new construction or a resale, consists of many complex systems and moving parts. Be prepared for something that may not work or will break down upon use. Our garage door motor blew a capacitor the second day we were in the house.
- When you move around a major holiday, like Christmas, expect service people to occasionally drop the ball or not make that critical internal communication. We had to call our propane delivery company three times to make sure we got a delivery before we ran out.
- Moving is hell, but it’s a great way to lose weight. I lost 10 pounds!
I would like to be able to reduce the stress level and help clients that will be making the move, in the near future. I would therefore greatly appreciate any lessons learned from each of you that has recently moved, or re-financed, that I can pass on to those clients that will experience a purchase or sale, and a move, in their near future. Leave your comments, below.
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.