Buying - Moving Tips - Move-In Checklist

 

Two Months

 

Quotes from moving companies

 

Quotes from storage companies

 

Quotes from truck rental companies.

 

Start a file for paperwork, receipts and notes.

 

Arrange to transfer school records.

 

Choose a mover or rental company

 

Know their policy on payment, day of move, before move, insurance, extra insurance

 

Choose a storage company

 

Fill out post office change-of-address cards

 

Subscribe to the newspaper at your new address

 

Transfer medical records.

 

Transfer dental records

 

Transfer medical prescriptions

 

Transfer veterinary records

 

Items of value – get appraised prior to move

 

Start using fresh food and cleaning supplies

 

Four Weeks

 

Schedule transfer of utilities at old house

 

Investigate child care services in your new area

 

Request partial month refund / payment

 

Request security deposit refund / payment if renting

 

Obtain packing materials and start packing

 

Arrange for cleaning of old house after personal items are out

 

Arrange for transportation of pets and plants as required.

 

Check with insurance agent to see how items are covered during move.

 

Get additional insurance for move as required.

 

Arrange for temporary housing

 

Get any town/community permits required.

 

Hold your yard sale

 

Collect your important records – gather personal and family records prior to major re-organization.

 

Notify magazines, credit card, friends and family of your change of address.

 

Arrange for professional installation of various appliances, equipment, and other items as required – entertainment centers, computer connections, Hot tubs, Pool Tables, ceiling fans, gas grills, antiques, chandeliers

 

Use up all refrigerator food, leave it empty, put in an open baking soda box

 

Three Weeks

 

Transfer car registrations, state tags, county tags, town tags

 

Get parking stickers

 

Arrange for use of elevator or loading dock

 

Arrange for moving access for gated communities

 

Pack old phone books from old home, stay in touch with old friends

 

Make personal travel arrangements Flights, hotel, car rentals

 

Make new bank safety deposit box arrangements

 

Make arrangements to close old deposit box

 

Two Weeks

 

Give away or trash anything not sold at moving sale.

 

Request packing boxes from movers for items you plan on packing yourself.

 

Service car, change oil

 

Return borrowed items

 

Get loaned items back.

 

Return library books

 

Cancel Library cards

 

Pick up any items at Laundromat/dry cleaners

 

Cancel any un-needed insurance, transfer coverage to new home

 

Transfer bank accounts

 

Pack a travel kit for critical items like medicines, passport, ID, personal phone box, personal items, first aid kit, games for the kids.

 

Arrange for baby sitting for kids “Day of move”

 

Empty any secret hiding places

 

One Week

 

Take animals to vet for required shots as needed/check ups.

 

Close out safe-deposit box.

 

Settle any bills associated with old house

 

Drain all oil / gas out of motorized equipment.

 

Give away plants not to be moved

 

Give away animals not to be moved – Fish/aquarium or pond

 

Confirm all travel arrangements

 

Contact new utility companies and verify start dates.

 

Arrange for someone to help watch children and pets on moving day.

 

One day

 

Set aside all items needed for travel for pets

 

Obtain cash/checks needed

 

Dismantle beds and other large furniture

 

Mow your lawn one last time

 

Double check for disconnection of service or transfer of service

 

Remove any fixtures not included in sale –must be noted as “does not convey”

 

Pack your suitcase

 

Back up computer equipment

 

Disconnect all equipment not needed.

 

Notify the police that your house will be vacant

 

Obtain multiple directions, address, contact information, cell phones for everyone and hand those out to all parties helping in the move.

 

Leave behind all appliance information

 

Leave behind a forwarding address and contact information for your new address or emergency contact

 

Empty and defrosts refrigerator and freezer, put baking soda inside to keep fresh.

 

Arrange for payment to the moving company. Payment must be made at or before your belongings arrive at your new home. Know their policy on payment.

 

Moving Day

 

Be sure some one is at old house to answer questions

 

Note utility meter readings – especially water meter reading

 

Read your movers inventory and documentation before signing. Keep in safe place

 

Review all special instructions with movers.

 

Accompany the foreman to take inventory.

 

Verify delivery plans.

 

Give the home a final cleaning or arrange for final cleaning.

 

Moving Day

 

Check your belongings carefully and make sure that inventory and paperwork match.

 

Note any damaged items or crushed boxes.

 

Be prepared to pay driver before your possessions are unloaded.

 

Supervise unloading and unpacking.

 

Arrive before the movers, clear the path to each room.

 

Unpack your car.

 

Review your floor plan

 

Check to ensure utilities are connected and follow up

 

Confine pets and little kids to out of the way room, or have prearranged someone to watch them.

 

Tip the movers and van operator – See Tipping Movers

 

After move in

 

Resume deliver of newspaper and publications

 

Let local post office know

 

Create an emergency phone list for your new home.

 

Create list of important local phone numbers and address and directions

 

Change batteries in smoke detectors

 

Send thank you letters to all that helped out

 

Change house locks

 

Mail we have moved cards with new address and contact information.

 

Report any damage items to moving company and your insurance company