Moving Checklist For Sellers

A Checklist to make sure things get done

Things To Do ASAP After Deciding to Move

  • Contact a moving company and tell them the dates you plan to move. Set up a date for an agent to come over and survey your goods. Unless you’re given a binding estimate, the cost can vary, depending on the actual weight of items and any extra services.
  • Decide if you are going to pack for yourself or have the movers do it.
  • Transfer or resign from organizations and associations.
  • Collect suitable containers & packing materials if you plan to do the packing yourself.
  • Start to use up things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, canned goods, and flammable household aerosol cleaners. Buy only what you will use before moving.
  • Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms, and others who need to be notified of your move.
  • Consider having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted clothes or furniture.
  • Assemble packing materials:
    Boxes, felt-tip markers, large self-stick labels, newspapers, utility knife, packing peanuts or bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture pads, dolly, scissors.
  • Pack an “Instant Aid” box containing things you’ll need upon arrival: 
    Sponges, paper towels, powdered detergent, paper plates, toothpaste, light bulbs, hammer, trash bags, hand soap, toilet paper, scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, first-aid kit, snacks, pencils and paper, masking tape, bath towels, and shelf liner

Send Change of Address To:

  • Post Office: give forwarding address
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions: notice requires several weeks
  • Friends and relatives
  • Bank: transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
  • Insurance: life, health, fire, and auto
  • Automobile: transfer of car title registration, driver's license, city windshield sticker, motor club membership
  • Utility companies (gas, light, water, telephone, fuel): arrange for refunds of any deposits and service in new town
  • Cancel/change newspaper delivery
  • School records: ask for copies or transfer of children's records
  • Health: medical, dental, prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals, transfer needed prescriptions, x-rays
  • Church, clubs, civic organizations: transfer memberships, get letters of introduction
  • Pets: ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.

And Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer: plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer/refrigerator: place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them wrapped or packed
  • Check insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infants and children

And On Moving Day:

  • Carry currency, jewelry, documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Carry traveler's checks for quick, available funds
  • Let close friend or relative know your route and schedule, including overnight stops; use him/her as a message headquarters
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with the real estate agent

Things To Do 30-60 Days Before the Move

  • Establish credit in your new city. Arrange for a transfer of bank account funds and the contents of your safety deposit box.
  • Check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is covered. Transfer fire, theft, and other personal property insurance to ensure coverage at your new home.
  • Gather information on prescriptions. Get current phone numbers and addresses of your doctor and dentist.
  • Arrange to transfer school records and secure transcripts from the local school district you are leaving. Get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, accountants, etc.
  • Plan to cancel all utilities.
  • Pick up all dry cleaning and anything left at the tailor.
  • Set a date to cancel the newspaper