Prepare to Move
Once you've sold your home, you can proceed with your move and tie up the loose ends:
- Make a file - File all closing and settlement papers; include receipts for any home improvements you made while you owned the house. Even though it's unlikely you will have to pay capital gains tax, you will need these figures for your next tax return.
- Bank your money - If you are planning to buy another home, decide how much you need for a down payment and moving costs. If you made a profit on your home sale, it may be wise to make a minimal down payment on your next home, and invest the rest. This will depend on your tax situation and how the numbers play out. Consult your financial advisor. If you aren't buying another home right away, you may want to opt for a combination of long-term and short-term savings and investment plans.
- Close on your next house - Make sure that your sales proceeds are in the right place when you issue checks at closing. Do a walk-through of the property right before closing to avoid last-minute surprises.
- Send change-of-address notices - Avoid getting caught by late payment fees: Before you move, send change-of-address notices to creditors, professional associations, and publications to which you subscribe.
- Switch utilities - If you are closing your sale and purchasing a second home simultaneously, it's important to make sure your utilities are switched off at your previous address and switched on at your new address around the closing date.