Moving Information and Tips
We understand Moving Day is stressful...
So we've compiled information to help make the move a little smoother.
Whether you're a buyer or a seller we recommend contacting the utility companies a few days prior to vacating. Sellers please make sure you're asking for a transfer and not a shut off and be sure to contact the buyer ahead of time, so they can arrange a transfer in their name.
The occupancy dates on your purchase agreement can vary. Although, sellers can not stay longer they can move out sooner. As a seller the title company will collect all rents upfront at the closing and some purchase agreements call for 1 1/2 times the amount. Your rent changes are also prorated so if you move out sooner you will get monies back. As a buyer a check is released every 30 days to you and / or once keys are exchanged. The key exchange form is required.
Since water is not a utility sellers are required to supply a final reading either at closing or when they vacate. If you're giving keys at closing we recommend snapping a photo of the water meter a few days prior to closing and forwarding to our closing department. If we do not have it by closing the title company will hold $300-$400 in escrow until received. If you're staying in the home after closing please refer to your purchase agreement for when final is required.
Each community has a different policy for the final water and our closing department will let you know how yours is handled. Please note many homes have had electronic water meters installed, if you have one and are unable to read your meter we suggest flashing a light over it to wake it.
Rooms Realty supplies 1 complementary moving box per room to help you get started with items you know you will not be using right away.
Please refer to your purchase agreement before removing attached like TV mounts, mirrors, appliances, programmable thermostats, fireplace doors and inserts, curtains and curtain rods. If in doubt please contact your agent.
Keys may be given at closing, exchanged between the buyer and seller or given to the broker. If keys are exchanged after closing be sure to have your Use and Occupancy form signed by both parties and returned to us or the title company. It's also a good idea to have the locks changed or the tumblers changed.
Notification of Move Date
Sellers - if you have an occupancy period after closing please contact us once you're a week out so we can notify the other agent and ensure water and occupancy checks are issued. If you're the buyer and have been notified please let us know so we may do the same for you.
Companies You'll Need for the Move
- Drivers License - secretary of state change of address
- Electric Company - Detroit Edison and Consumer Energy
- Gas Companies - Consumer Energy and Semco
- Homestead Tax Forms - need to be filed with your Township/City Office (example)
- Newspapers - Detroit News and Detroit Freepress
- Telephone Service - although many use cell phones if you would like a land line we recommend getting it ordered a few days before your move in date. Here are a few service companies Comcast or AT&T
- Trash Removal - most cities and townships provide this service Macomb Communities
- United States Post Office USPS contact several weeks prior to move
- Cable Companies - you can try Comcast, WOW or AT&T U-verse but check your area for providers
- Voters Registration - change of address
- For a list of movers check out out Local Partners section.
Arrival Kit Checklist
Here are some suggestions for what you may need immediately upon arriving at your new home. This box should be marked "LOAD LAST, UNLOAD FIRST."
- Cleaning Supplies - Laundry Soap Powder; Kitchen cleaner; dish towels, dish clothes; steel wool; sponge; window cleaner; paper towel; antibacterial cleaner
- Kitchen - paper plates & cups; plastic silverware; pitcher; small sauce pan; serving spoons; napkins; small cooler
- Bathroom - toilet tissue; facial tissue; bath towel; shower curtain; bath soap; first aid kit; face cloth; aspirin
- Miscellaneous - light bulbs; flashlight; hammer; screw driver; aluminum foil; trash bags; twine; shelf paper; newspapers
- Snacks - packages of cheese; crackers, instant creamer; sugar; salt; cereals; quick open food ie pudding; soups; jello
- Children - coloring books and crayons; reading material; favorite toys
Six Items to Have on Hand for the New Owners
As a seller we recommend leaving the following items for the new buyers.
- Owners manuals for items left in the house.
- Warranties for any items left in the house.
- A list of local service providers the best dry cleaner, yard service, etc.
- Garage door opener.
- Extra sets of house keys.
- Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued
- Trash day
Rooms consultants are available to answer your questions, discuss your options, and help navigate you through the process.