Whether you are moving across town or across the county. A Denver relocation isn’t over when you find your new home. In fact, the entire relocation process has just begun in some ways.
Over the the years, I’ve developed this Moving To Denver Checklist for my clients. The objective is to insure that nothing slips though the cracks when it comes to the moving process. This checklist will guide you to help make sure that moving out will be easy and successful.
Moving To Denver Checklist
1. Choose a reliable moving company
Once you sort out your valuables, the next step is to hire a moving company to transport your belongings. You want to make sure that you hire only the best as there should only be room for little to no error.
Kentwood Real Estate has special relationships with several moving companies. If you need a referral to a good, reliable moving company be sure to ask me for our list.
If you are choosing your own moving company, follow these guidelines. Make sure the company you choose is reliable. Ask for recent references. And, actually call those references. Or, search on line for the name of your moving company followed by the word “reviews.” You can learn a lot that way.
Also, ask for a copy of their insurance and surety bond information.
2. Recruit Family and Friend to Help Unpack
Once again, I can provide names of services that do that. But, why pay a service if family or friends are available for the unpacking process. Plus, it can be a fun afternoon with a lunch to break up the afternoon. It’s a a lot cheaper and more fun that way.
3. Choose your Home Security System
Most Denver neighborhoods do not suffer high crime rates. Still, most of clients prefer to have a home security system. There are a variety of options available. One-line self-monitoring systems include Blink and Simply Safe. Blink does not charge a fee if you monitor the system yourself from your cell phone. Others are available too. Full service security companies in Denver include Protect America, Vivint and ADT. ADT is the most popular. But, there are lots of other security company options also.
4. Make a Plan for Lock-Outs
It will happen! You will be locked out of your home someday. Whether you accidentally leave your keys inside or someone locked an inside deadbolt by mistake, you will need a plan for a lock-out. I was locked out recently by just going to get the Sunday newspaper outside and the door unexpectedly shut behind me. I was in only a bathrobe at the time. How embarrass that was.
If you don’t have a garage access with security pad, I suggest getting a lock-box for a side door. Of course, you can always hide a key under a mat, but that is not good for security. I provide my clients with free lock-boxes upon request.
5. Take a Photo Inventory of Contents and Valuables
This is especially important for insurance purposes. In the event of a catastrophic loss or even a simple theft, you need know which items have been lost. This is a i great idea for everybody. But, it is especially easy to do as you unpack into your new home. And, it’s easy to remember if you do it as part of your Moving to Denver Checklist.
6. Locate Shut Off Values
The most important shut-off valve is for water coming into the house. In Denver, its usually located in the unfinished part of the basement. But, it might be in a finished wall also. Look for an access plate secured by a small door or even exposed screws. You will to turn off all water if you suffer a wataer leak and cannot locate the source or use a local shut off valve like near toilet or a hot water heater.
Gas and electric shut value should also be located right away. In the unlikely event of a fire, you might want to use those if time allows. If not, the firemen will want to know where they are located so they can turn them off. Many people relocating to Denver from out of State are suprised to find that the electric panels are often located outside the home. This provides easy access for the fire department. However, sometimes, electrical panels can be located in the garage or basement inside the home. This is more likely in older homes which have not updated electrical systems.
7. Transfer Utilities
In Denver, water and sewer utilities are transferred into the buyers’ names at closing. Not so with other utilities. You have to call the local gas and electric companies to transfer service into your name. Do it right away. If not, those services might be shut-off and you could enter a cold dark home.
Worst of all, you might have to pay a “re-reinstatement charge” and wait for hours or even a day or two to have service re-instantiated with an extra fee added-on too. Ask your Realtor for list of all local utilities. That should also include providers for TV, internet and local newspapers.
8. Double Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors really should have been checked when you had the inspected by a competent inspector. If you are not sure that they were inspected, you should do it yourself before spending a night in your new home.
Remove each detector from its mounting case to read the dates on the inside of each detector. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years to insure that they are working properly. The expiration dates for carbon monoxide detectors can vary by manufacturer but should clearly printed on the detector or on the back of its casing. It’s much better to safe than sorry.
I hope this Moving to Denver Checklist helps you move into your new home safely and effectively. Check with your Realtor for any additional tips. Or, contact me with any questions.