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June 21, 2019

How to Handle the Move When Your Home Possession Date changes

Packing & MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Purchasing a new house with the proceeds from your previous house is quite normal. Most individuals go through this process to move and it is exceptionally time-sensitive. Everything in the home-to-home transaction is a portion of a sophisticated dance. One that entails moving several hundred pounds of household goods along with swapping thousands of dollars all in the expanse of a few days. Not to mention that you are likely also moving many hundreds of miles from one home to the following.


The steps proceed something like this:

· Pack and Organize to Move

· Close the Sale

· Move Out

· Close the Acquisition

· Drive with Your Stuff Across the State/Country/World

· Move into New Home

Assuming everything goes in accordance with your long-distance move plan, you'll be hanging your clothes in the new home before long. But what occurs when the closing and possession days shift at the last second? How would you react if your home deal was postponed, or if the purchase of your following home had been postponed for factors out of your control? The ideal response is to plan, just in case. The following are your best options if you find your move to Atlanta delayed on one end or the other.

Put Your Delay Ducks in a Row

If your timetable is this snug in addition to conditional on closing real estate deals, every part of the plan is connected. Any holdup in your arrival can delay when you can actually receive the moving truck in Atlanta. Setbacks in leaving result in setbacks in arrival. And all aspects are contingent on filling out the papers. Therefore, in the event your property sale or purchase become delayed at one or the other end, you'll want to get all your moving ducks in a row, pronto.

You may need:

· Temp lodgings

· Temporary storage for the belongings within the moving van

· New timetable with regard to your moving company

You Are Postponed on Closing the Sale

To close the sale for your current house, you will likely need to be physically present to supervise the transaction and approve the final paperwork. That being said, what will happen in the event the closing day is delayed when you are already set up to leave out soon?

What you need to do will depend on how large a delay you anticipate. One- or two-days lapse, you can grab a hotel room and send your things on ahead as scheduled. But a week or more postponement will mean that you will have to create notably different arrangements. Delay the professional movers and keep your belongings located in your house until your buyers are able to close.

Then consider if you want to stay in the packed-up property or book yourself a short-term room. Long-stay suites enable you to book by the night, week, or month which is often a lifesaver when you find yourself between dwellings pending documents.

For longer hold-ups, it may be worth unpacking some things to save money and keeping put until the difficulties are handled.

You're Delayed on Closing the Purchase

Matters get even more complicated if the delay is on the opposite end. You might have buyers ready to go or maybe have closed and are on the road before getting notification that your house purchase is being postponed. This happens every once in a while, and it is possible to endure it no matter the amount of a wrench it throws in your smoothly orchestrated moving plan.

Just as before, the initial consideration is how long the lapse is. But even a one- or two-day holdup can really be of importance.

To start with, get yourself somewhere to stay. A lot of moving households will already be equipped to confirm a night or two in a hotel just in case. But when there are setbacks in the ownership day, you will want somewhere to stay and wait it out. Lodges are great for modest delays. For prolonged hold-ups, look into long-stay suites and rentals that provide discounts for booking a week/month.

As for your stuff, that also depends significantly on time. Moving trucks sometimes arrive after the homeowners do, because they move slowly on truck routes going truck speeds. With good luck, the lag will not affect your move whatsoever. If the moving truck is booked being released several days after you do, you'll be all set. Even so, when the moving truck gets there it'll need to drop your things off someplace.

At this point, you'll need non-permanent personal storage. The moving company could be equipped to help you with storage space at the destination or you could locate your chosen nearby storage spot on your own. In either case, your stuff may need to be stowed temporarily while the postponement is solved.


Moving is usually nerve-racking, and unanticipated delays add to the pandemonium. It is important to remember is to take good care of yourself and others in your household. From there, it's all about corresponding with your movers and handling the delay. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Atlanta, we're proud to help clients deal with unanticipated hold-ups by offering storage solutions to make your move as smooth as possible.


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The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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