John L. Scott Real Estate
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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Moving Checklist with Timeline

Generic tips are a good guide, but start your own personalized list on the day you decide to move. Moving timelines will be different if you are selling a house and have a quick closing date.


When Your House Goes on the Market

  • Decide whether to hire a professional moving company or do it yourself.
  • Purchase packing supplies, such as tape, boxes and wrapping papers or plastics. Buy stickers or red markers to flag fragile packages.
  • Start to track the moving expenses.
  • Clean the closets.
  • Clean and de-clutter every room in the house, including the garage and basement.
  • Pack unused items that you plan to keep.
  • Label each box's contents and store the boxes in an out of the way location.


When You Know the Big Date

  • Hiring movers? get price estimates and a list of services. Place your order when you know you have a firm move date.
  • Moving yourself? check moving truck prices and reserve a truck.
  • Set up a "moving" folder to keep all estimates and receipts related to moving expenses. Some moving expenses may be deductible on your federal taxes.
  • Contact your children's new school(s) and arrange to have school records transferred to the new school district.

4-6 Weeks Before Moving

  • Keep packing if you're doing the work yourself. If movers will pack you ask the moving company for advice on the best ways to prepare.
  • Contact people who work for you on a regular basis, such as pool maintenance companies and gardeners, to cancel their services. Leave their business cards for new owners.
  • Place reference manuals for major appliances in a kitchen cabinet or drawer where new owners will find them. Label extra keys and place in the drawer.
  • Send rugs, drapes, furs, winter clothes and similar items out to be cleaned.
  • Arrange for a tune-up for your car, especially if you plan on driving a long-distance during the move.
  • Hold a yard sale.

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Call utility companies and arrange for meter readings on the day of closing so that all services after that date are the responsibility of the new owner. The new owner should also notify utilities of the switchover and set up new accounts.
  • Have utilities disconnected at closing if the new owner does not establish accounts.
  • Stop auto delivery of propane gas or fuel unless it is really needed.
  • Arrange to discontinue your telephone service on the day of closing. Give your cell phone number or another contact number to everyone associated with the move and real estate closing, just in case they need to reach you after the home phone has been disconnected.
  • Arrange to disconnect the satellite or cable TV coverage.
  • Now do just the opposite to begin establishing services at your new home.
  • File a change of address notice at the post office, making it effective on your moving date or a few days before. Notify your creditors, magazine subscriptions, friends and family, doctors, dentists and others of your new address. Ask your doctor and dentist for recommendations in your new location. Establish contact and arrange for transfer of medical records to the new doctor and dentist. If you have a pet, ask for a referral from the veterinarian.
  • Cancel or transfer health club and other memberships
  • Schedule a cancellation date or new address for newspaper deliveries.
  • If you're moving out of the area, start picking up items out for cleaning or repair.
  • Return library books and rented DVDs and videos.
  • Arrange to have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.
  • Pack an essentials box or two--items such as toiletries, broom, towels, sheets, blankets, important documents, and a change of clothes.
  • Certificates verifying that pets are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Open a bank account at your new location, or order checks with your new address if applicable. Arrange bank transfers.

1 Week Before Moving

  • Confirm that the closing is on track and handle tasks required by your agent.
  • Confirm moving and delivery dates with movers.
  • Clean each room as you finish packing. Pack the vacuum and other tools on moving day.
  • Arrange to cancel existing homeowner's insurance coveage after the closing is complete and the property is no longer yours.
  • Arrange for someone to read the level of propane gas or fuel oil in tanks that remain on the property

On Moving Day

  • Walk through every part of the house to find forgotten items
  • Make sure you have the keys to your new home.
  • Supervise the movers as the loading proceeds, and again at delivery to make sure items go to the right rooms.
  • Watch for damaged items. Note all damage on the mover's bill of lading
  • Unpack your essentials box--then try to relax before you start the big unpacking job.

If you've ever moved you know there's more to it than this! Transporting pets, plants and people in a comfortable way should top your list, and nearly everything you cancel at your old home must be started again at the new location. 

For more information contact our Relocation Department today, and one of our Residential Specialsts will followup with your request.
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