Step 19 to Buying a New Home: Hire Movers

Buying

Hire Movers and Start Packing!

Now that your second earnest money has been dropped off and the inspection and appraisal period are done, it’s safe to hire movers and start packing!  Call now to get moving estimates and secure a mover as they often get booked up weeks in advance.  Also, if you’re moving into a condo building check with the HOA President or Property Management Company to see if you need to pay any move in fees, reserve an elevator, or if there are move in restrictions, etc. 

Remember that you can’t move into your new place until closing is finished as that is when you’re given the keys.   Allow 2 hours for closing, although we’ll hope to be done in 1.  For instance, if your closing starts at 9am expect you might not be done until 11AM then allow time to get to your new place before the movers arrive.   

Recommended Movers 

Short Hop Movers  (410) 266-7597 
JK Moving  (877) 784-9488 
A-One Moving (410) 729-1729 
Two Men & a Truck Moving (410) 449-4159 

Whichever mover you end up using, we highly recommend asking them to bring wardrobe boxes with them for all of your hanging clothes. That way you don’t have to take everything off the hangers and pack the items up. Instead, the movers will simply grab everything in your closets that is hanging, put them on the rods in the boxes and then when you get to your new home you can just grab the hangers and hang the items back up. Saves a ton of time. 

Moving Supplies 
Start gathering boxes and packing supplies.  Often you can find free boxes on Craigs List or grocery stores/liquor stores.  Otherwise, Home Depot, Lowes, Uhaul, Uline, and Usedcardboardboxes are all great places to get moving supplies.   

Pets 
Moving can be incredibly stressful on pets so consider having them stay with a friend or in daycare for a few days while you move and get settled into your new place. Please call me for local daycare recommendations. 
  
If moving into the city, request a No Parking Sign from the City 

No Parking signs for residential moves are available through your local Alderman’s office. To obtain these signs, visit your Alderman’s office with proof of residency (generally the contract will work) and an ID. No Parking signs are available for an eight hour window, between the hours of 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Residents may not reserve space for more than one day at a time. Signs must be picked up and posted AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MOVE. 

Does Your New Street Require Permit Only Parking? 

Check to see if your new street requires permit only parking.  If so, City of Vehicle Stickers/Residential Parking Permits may be purchased online at the City Clerk’s website.