You’ve found the home of your dreams, it is under contract and everything is moving forward. What do you need to get moving?
If you are currently renting, review your lease to confirm the terms of your lease termination. Make sure you provide ample time to terminate the contract and leave your rental property.
Here are some resources to move from one location to the next:
– Contact BGE (gas/electric).
You may want to contact BGE before settlement to transfer the current account into your name. This will save you on the set up fee. The BGE Customer Service phone line is open Monday – Friday 24 hours a day.
– Contact your cable TV, internet service provider and phone company.
You may be able to transfer your current account to a new address. Certain service providers have limited service areas, so just check to make sure it is available. In the Baltimore metro area, it is typically Comcast and Verizon.
– Contact your insurance company.
Most likely you have secured hazard or homeowner’s insurance. Just make sure your insurance company is aware of your move, too.
– Contact the US Post Office
Change your address and have your mail forwarded to your new address. You can set this up online for a very nominal charge or stop by your local post office to fill out a mail forwarding card. Plus, you receive offers on services that may be required for your move.
Once you’ve moved in, check with the MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) with a change of your address. If you have pets, you can get them registered in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. If you exercise your civic duty, have your address changed for Voter Registration in Baltimore County or Baltimore City.
Of course, don’t forget to let your friends and family know that you moved, as well as your credit card company and other service providers.