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A little planning helps lighten the load on moving day

Your offer to purchase has been finalized and now you're ready to start packing! There are a lot of things to do between now and moving day, but if you approach the job methodically, everything should go smoothly on the big day.

Leading up to moving day

  • Contact a reputable moving company and go over all details, such as costs and availability.
  • Contact your lawyer and confirm where and when your keys are being picked up.
  • Arrange insurance for your new home.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event they get lost and you need to file an insurance claim later.
  • Start using up food items so that there is less to pack and possibly spoil.
  • Register your children at their new schools and arrange for necessary day-care.
  • Locate all hospitals, police stations, veterinarian, fire stations and any other amenities in your new neighbourhood.
  • Familiarize yourself with street parking by-laws in your new neighbourhood.
  • Ensure your hydro, phone, cable and gas utilities are ordered or transferred.
  • Fill out a change of address card for the post office and let your family and friends know your new address and phone number.
  • Inform all credit card companies, newspaper and magazine deliveries of your new address.
  • Renew your driver's license and auto registration with your new address.

On Moving Day

  • Double-check all closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to ensure they are empty.
  • Carry all important documents, money and jewellery. Don't leave them to the mover.
  • Pack toys, games or special items for the kids to keep them busy during the move.
  • Pack a separate box of basics you'll need on move-in day, such as tools, paper products, household cleaners, etc.
  • Don't pack paint, bottles of bleach, gas cans or other inflammables. It is against the law for movers to transport flammable and combustible materials.
  • Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
  • Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes if you have them. Label cables and tape all screws to the body of the equipment.
  • Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
  • Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
  • Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
  • Pack medicines in a leakproof container.


What you need to know about a new home Briarwood Homes has the answers

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or already own a home, buying a new home can be a stressful and confusing time. At Briarwood Homes, we believe in ongoing communication with the buyer - from initial contact with our seasoned and professional sales and décor staff, throughout construction, and well beyond closing with our dedicated Customer Care Team. With that in mind, we have noted some of the questions that we get asked and have provided some answers for you.

Q: Can I get pre-approved for a mortgage?

A: Yes, Briarwood Homes has mortgage specialists at each of our sales centres that are available to answer any of your mortgage-related concerns.

Q: Do all lots have a sidewalk?

A: Generally, placement of sidewalks varies from site to site depending on the development parameters, approvals and the Municipal policies. The Briarwood Homes sales representatives at our sales centres will usually have specific answers for you based on final approvals by the municipality.

Q: How close are the schools?

A: The Briarwood Homes sales representatives will have information available for you regarding local schools, and the local school boards will have the most up to date information as the subdivision homes are occupied and school requirements are known.

Q: When do I get to choose my colours and décor upgrades?

A: You will get an invitation from our Décor Studio a few months prior to the closing of your home. At this appointment you will be able to choose your finishes such as flooring, cabinetry, fixtures etc.

Q: Where do we get mail?

A: You will need to register at the local post office prior to taking possession. Just take two pieces of identification and a copy of your Certificate of Completion and Possession with you. You will pick up your mail at the local post office until the Canada Post Community Mail Boxes are permanently installed in your subdivision.

Q: Can I visit my house while under construction?

A: We understand that you will be curious about the progress of your new home as it is under construction, but we discourage you from entering any of our construction sites for safety reasons.

Q: Can I make changes to my colour choices or extras?

A: Once you have had your appointment with our Décor Consultant and signed for your upgrades and colours, Briarwood Homes will be scheduling the construction and immediately placing the order with our suppliers, any changes subsequent to that could cause a delay in your closing and as a result are not permitted.

Q: If I am unable to close on the deal, do I get my deposit back?

A: Briarwood Homes provides each purchaser with a conditional period to review the agreement with a lawyer and to obtain financing approval. Once the deal has firmed up, no deposits are refunded. Your Briarwood Homes sales representative will review the agreement terms with you in detail and answer any questions prior to signing.

Q: When will I get my driveway paved and sod layed?

A: In Briarwood Homes’ experience, we have found that driveways need to settle properly before any asphalt is installed, so our policy is to install a base coat of asphalt approximately 1 year after occupancy (however this can vary by site conditions), once curbs & sidewalks have been completed. Subsequently, sod can be installed starting in the spring through to the fall.

Q: When does fencing get installed?

A: Briarwood Homes does not install community fencing as part of the purchase price, unless it is required by the subdivision agreement with the municipality for corner lots or lots adjacent to the Community Mail Boxes. Your Briarwood Homes Sales Representative will be able to provide you site-specific information when you visit any of our Sales Centres.

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