Congratulations! After endless hours of properties browsed and homes viewed, you've just sealed the deal on the home you've always wanted! Now that you've got your dream home in the bag... what's next??!
Now that your deal has gone firm, your next step is the move! Now, whether you are moving from your old residence to a new one, getting ready to settle into your first home after renting FOREVER, or getting your new investment property ready for rentals, moving can be busy and chaotic for everyone!
To help make sure you don't miss anything during the moving process, here are a couple of tips from Team Cavaliere to keep you on track:
1) Before you do any packing, make arrangements to arrange the installation of services such as BC Hydro, Fortis BC, and phone/cable/internet in your new home. That way, once you do move in, everything will be reading and waiting for you!
2) Start packing EARLY!! Never underestimate how much stuff you can accumulate that will need to be packed up alongside your clothes, kitchen items, and furniture. Get rid of anything that you don't want (or didn't even know you had), hunt down as many boxes as you can, and give your friends and family a heads up that you will be needing their help for moving day.
3) If your friends and family are busy, working, or don't live nearby, arrange to hire movers! Ask your Realtor for a list of recommended movers who can help you with most of the heavy lifting (literally!).
HIRING MOVERS: THE CATCH
While hiring movers can be a game-changing help for you during the moving process, don't just hire anyone! In their recent article Movers issue warning about "brand hijackings" (January 2017), Real Estate Magazine (REM) and the Canadian Association of Movers warns both consumers and moving companies of the increasing presence of scam artists posing as reputable, well-known moving companies in their advertising, and then surprise customers when they show up on moving day as a different under a different name. The scammers utilize the brand popularity of established moving companies to make their move by using the names of these companies in their search engine advertising, essentially tricking the consumer into choosing them. This tactic is what is called "brand hijacking".
1) Check out a prospective mover’s reputation with CAM. The association promotes quality services by reputable movers who have established themselves as credible, reliable companies who adhere to CAM’s code of ethics.
2) Verify any logos, identifiers or affiliations being used by the mover to “sell” moving services. If they promote themselves using the brand of a trustworthy organization, consumers should verify it with that organization.
3) Avoid online quotes or bookings with movers who do not show a business address or contact information other than a phone number. The quotes often come from one company operating under multiple names. Rarely are they legitimate movers with trained workers and professional equipment, says the association.
4) Contact the local Better Business Bureau for references.
(Real Estate Magazine, 2017)
Please do not let these scammers deter you from hiring genuine and professional movers - there are many companies that are absolutely legitimate and are able to do you an incredible service in helping you with your move! Just make sure you take the appropriate steps to ensure you are getting exactly who AND what you expect from whomever you hire. If you any more questions or feel like you could use a hand, you can read the full REM article here, and you can always contact Team Cavaliere - River City Realty at 250.374.1925, on our website, or at firstname.lastname@example.org!