The Relocation Checklist: Moving to Maricopa, Arizona
Maricopa is a great place to live. It is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, and it is one of the top two dozen most populated cities in Arizona, meaning that it offers plenty of opportunities for career advancement, education, recreation, and more. What Maricopa doesn’t have itself, it has easy access to in the surrounding area, including fine dining, exceptional entertainment opportunities, beautiful natural landmarks, and a rich history.
There are plenty of great new home builds in Maricopa, giving you some great real estate investment opportunities. Homes for sale in Maricopa are in demand, so it is important that you work with an experienced real estate agent who can help you find the best properties first and help you get the best deals.
If you are moving to Maricopa, it is important that you develop a plan with a detailed timeline to make the process a little easier. We’ve put together a handy relocation checklist to help you along:
Six Weeks before Your Move
Now is the time to get started with some of the really important planning like getting estimates from movers and contacting your insurance company to change your policy. Get an estimate from at least three different movers to get the best deal, and then schedule the one that you like best.
Start packing now, so you don’t get slammed with it the week or two before your move. Start using up items in your pantry so that you don’t have to take them with you, and start donating items that you don’t need or don’t want to move.
Your insurance may change since you are moving to a new city. If your rates change significantly, you may want to get estimates from some new insurers. If you are renting at first, make sure you get a quote on renter’s insurance. If you are buying a home, make sure that your homeowner’s insurance is squared away with your closing.
Start the paperwork for transferring schools for your children (if needed), changing doctors and dentists, changing vets, and any other services you might need.
Now is the time that you should also start changing over subscriptions for your magazines, the local newspaper, and anything else you have automated. Put in your change of address with the post office.
If you are moving from across the state or across the country, you should get a new resident package from the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors and Convention Bureau to help you learn about your new city.
Four Weeks before Your Move
Once you’ve chosen your mover, you should be getting the details ironed out. That includes getting an itemized list of all costs related to your move. You should review these charges and make any changes now so that there are no surprises later.
Now that you are closer to your move, you can focus on transferring the essential services like utilities and cable. If you are moving from out of state, chances are good that you will have to find new providers and get new service, rather than transfer your service.
Continue to pack the things that are non-essential, and make special preparations for items like lawn equipment or recreational vehicles. You may need to transport these separately, or you may need to drain them of gas or oil.
You may need to order special packing materials for valuables or furniture. Now is the time to order those things. Prepare to put valuable items in a safe or bank box, such as jewelry or important documents.
Make special arrangements for transporting any pets you may be taking with you.
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Two Weeks before Your Move
Start “closing up shop” around town. Take back any library books you have checked out, pick up all your dry cleaning, and return any rentals. Put a stop to your newspaper or other subscription services by this date.
Donate anything you aren’t taking with you, including house plants.
Confirm all moving day arrangements, including the time the movers will show up, the time you will need your building elevator (if you live in an apartment), and your own moving day itinerary.
One Week before Your Move
Clear as much as you can out of your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. if you run out of food, just order takeout or get frozen entrees from the grocery store. The ideal would be to have an empty kitchen on your moving day.
Finish packing everything except the essentials that you will keep in a couple of suitcases. Everything else should be packed up this week.
Get everything you’ll need right away, such as prescription refills and a box of necessities. If you are taking appliances with you, make sure they are defrosted, cleaned, and disconnected. If you are selling your house, leave behind any manuals that the new owners will need.
If you are moving out of the area, close out your bank account this week.
Things that you’ll need to do as soon as you can when you settle into your new Maricopa home include registering your car, opening a new bank account, getting a local library card, and finding the essential services you need close to home.
You can do some of this research ahead of time so that you know exactly what to do and where to do it once you arrive in your new home.
Working with the right Maricopa real estate agent will make this whole process easier because the right agent will help you develop your timeline and will help you remember all the important things you need to do when you move. Your agent will be your partner in the process
The agents at The Maricopa Real Estate Company are ready to help you find the best homes for sale in Maricopa and then make your move as easy as possible. Contact us to learn more about the best new home builds, established homes, or anything else you are looking for. We’re ready to help you find the home of your dreams!
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
21300 N John Wayne Parkway #101
Maricopa, AZ 85139