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Seller - Checklist for Moving

Two months before your move:

  • Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you move.
  • Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need to charity.
  • Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals.
  • Make reservations with a moving company or truck rental company.
    Tip: Call three companies for comparison price estimates.
  • Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers, and scissors.
  • If moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency.
  • If you're driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
  • Save all moving receipts. (Some moving expenses may be tax deductible.)
    Check the current tax code.
  • Place in a safe place, legal, medical, financial, and insurance records.
  • Purchase insurance coverage for valuables being moved.

One month prior:

  • Pack items that aren't regularly used, such as off-season clothes and decorations
    plus items in garage, attic, and closets. - Write destination room on boxes.
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • If you're driving, get your car tuned.
  • Get medical records from your doctor, dentist, optometrist, and veterinarian.
  • Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts) to the cleaners.
  • Back up important computer files to floppy disk or CD.
  • Contact bank to make arrangements for transfer of accounts.

Two weeks prior:

  • Contact your utility companies notifying them of your move:
    (gas, electric, water, cable, trash collector, and local phone service providers).
  • Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Contact your long distance phone company and notify them of your move.
  • Confirm your travel reservations.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account.
  • Pick up items from safe deposit box.

One week prior:

  • Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops, etc.
  • Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods, etc.
    to carry you through the day once you have arrived at your new home.
  • Finish packing except what is needed for the final week.
  • Inform the post office of your move.
  • Change-of-address cards (kit from post office) with new address and phone number to:
    • Friends and family
    • Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions
    • Magazines and newspapers
    • Doctors, lawyer, accountant, Realtor and other service providers
    • State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies
    • Workplace, schools, etc.
    • Voter registration office and motor vehicle bureau
  • Do not purchase perishable food.
  • Have home cleaning supplies ready.

The day before your move:

  • Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife, and rope.
  • Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
  • If moving yourself, get rental truck and a dolly to move heavy boxes.
  • If driving, check oil and gas in your vehicle.
  • Make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials.
  • Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer.
  • Leave keys, door openers, for new owner.

Moving day - carry with you:

  • The keys to your new home.
  • Map of new town and directions to your house.
  • The telephone number of the moving company.
  • Cash or traveler's checks.
  • Documentation related to the sale.
  • Your insurance policies for new home and agent's phone number.
  • Your current address book or personal planner.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Extra clothing, etc., should movers arrive late.
  • Any important personal records and documents.
  • Any items of great personal or irreplaceable value (example: photo album)
  • Back-ups of important computer files.
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
  • Personal hygiene items (for example, toothpaste, soap, razor)

Arrival day at your new home...

  • Acquire key change locks the day of move one set for all doors.
  • Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.
  • Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered prior to signing delivery documents.
    Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
    Tip: It's helpful to have the movers read off the inventory numbers on boxes and furniture while you check the inventory list.
  • Unpack valuable items, such as silver, art, and jewelry.
  • Check furnace, hot water heater and appliances.

After you have moved in:

  • Walk and drive around your new neighborhood and community to orient yourself
  • Get new driver's licenses, library cards, voter registration cards.
  • Enroll children in school.
  • Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.

Welcome Home! Enjoy in Good Health and Happiness!

Reminder: Call us with any questions, look forward to being your community resource.

508-842-1700 or e-mail homes@bilazarian.com.