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SETTLEMENT – How to pull it off (without pulling your hair out)

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SETTLEMENT DAY:
How to pull it off (without pulling your hair out)
No pain, no gain

The word ‘root’ in itself is quite harmless, that is until ‘canal’ is added. Same with ‘Brazilian’ and ‘wax’. Pairing these words evoke discomfort, pain, misery. Here’s another two: ‘Settlement’ and ‘Day’.

Unfortunately there’s no remedy for moving house on settlement day – no ice-cream or lotion to soothe the ache – and even without lifting a box you’re likely to be exhausted by the end of it all. The meetings, the forms, the phone calls…
But don’t worry – we’re here to give you some nice relieving pointers to ensure that at the end of the day it will be the champagne that’s popping and not your head!

What exactly is settlement day?
Settlement day is when your lawyer meets with your lender and the seller’s representatives to hand over documents prior to delivery to the land titles office.
Traditionally this happens in the middle of the day, but we say why not break tradition! The quicker you can get your hands on the keys the better.
Then that should be it, right? Forms are signed, keys are in hand, you’ve got a moving truck loaded and the movers are taking a well-deserved lunch break – job’s a good ‘un! Well, unfortunately it my not always be that simple…

Don’t leave anything to chance
First things first – make sure the sellers have 100% vacated the property. This may sound obvious, but there have been plenty of cases where previous owners have been a bit slow off the mark in moving out. As an incentive, arrange with your lawyer to hold back a portion of their payment – money talks, and it’s a sure thing the sellers will listen.

Get an early start
If you can, move in early! Some sellers may allow access to a portion of the property, such as the garage or a similar space. You may not have the keys, but at least you can make a start on moving over a few things into your new home.
If you’re trying to time your move with the expiration of a lease, then it my be good idea to see if it is possible to extend your stay at your current location for a few extra days as leeway.
Did you know? You can hire our removalists without the use of a truck?
If you need help unloading an on-site storage container, or are redecorating and want to move your large and heavy furniture into a spare room – then we can help!
Don’t risk hurting your back – we will provide you with two professional removalists for only $70 per hour. Call us on 0395538777 to find out more.

Have a back-up plan
Even after all of your hard work and meticulous planning, something tiny could happen that results in big consequences. Perhaps a name was misspelled on an
important form that went to the bank – move in day is delayed and you’re stuck for a place to stay, and a place to keep all of your worldly possessions.

The moving house survival kit
Load up your car with essentials you may need for a day or two sleeping away from home – don’t let the movers pack it away in the truck! We’d recommend an overnight bag including washroom essentials, towels, phone chargers and some comfy pyjamas.
The first thing you’re probably going to want to do when you finally get into your new home is stick the kettle on, so pack a box with can’t-do-without kitchen items such as tea, coffee, snacks, washing-up liquid, a dishcloth, plates, mugs, etc – and don’t forget a couple of glasses for the champagne!

Speak with your moving company
Many reputable moving companies offer storage as part of their service package.
Discuss your options with a booking agent and consider reserving storage space just in case there is any unexpected delays with your settlement. There may be an option to leave your items in the truck overnight, which would save time and money on unloading and reloading the truck.

Don’t take on too much
Moving home can be a stressful time, especially with the added strain of settlement – from the seller still occupying the house, to unexpected delays or clerical errors.
With all that in mind, the last thing you need on the day is to manage multiple contractors.
“The movers have loaded the truck on schedule, but where are the cleaners? We have to vacate the property by 12:00 and there’s still no sign of them!”
Consolidating your services into one provider ensures you have more control. At Top Removals, we make your move smoother by offering a Vacate Clean service – anything from one room to a full house clean. If you would like more information on our Vacate Clean service, or any other services we offer such as Moving, Packing or Storage, please give us a call on 0395538777 or email us to find out more.