This comprehensive checklist is designed to help you on and before your moving day. It’s a good idea to start planning your move at least 8 weeks in advance.

  • Collect estimates and book a moving company.
  • Budget for moving expenses (including parking and moving supplies).
  • Finalize your move-in date.
  • Keep a folder of pertinent moving information.
  • Research your new community. Get referrals for professionals in your new city.
  • Compile and transfer records: medical, dental, shot, prescription, school, vet, etc.
  • Plan how you will move valuables, difficult-to-replace items, pets and plants.
  • Purge your home: keep, donate or discard.
  • Plan and host a garage sale.
  • Use items that can’t be moved as soon as possible. Pack items you don’t use often first.
  • Clearly label each box with its contents and room placement.
  • Change your address with the Postal Service.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons (that cannot be moved).
  • Notify utility services of your move (both at your old and new locations): electric, water, gas, telephone, cell phone, cable/satellite, internet, sewer, trash, etc.
  • Notify these professional services of your move (update policies or transfer/cancel memberships): accountants, attorneys, doctors/dentists, planners, insurance providers, finance companies, schools, credit card companies, home care service providers, subscriptions, pharmacies, health clubs, volunteer organizations, etc.
  • Notify these government offices of your move: tax assessor, state vehicle registration, Social Security Administration, IRS and Veterans Administration.
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number.
  • Pack an “essentials” box to keep with you during the move.
  • As the move-in date approaches, plan meals for the last weeks to use up perishable food.
  • Assemble a folder of important information about your house for the next home owner (include a note with your new address so they can forward your mail).
  • At the home, drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, heaters, etc. Drain water hoses and waterbeds. Empty and defrost the refrigerator (at least 24 hours before the move).
  • On the day of the move, lay down carpet, floor and door frame protectors. Load items in a pre-designated order, saving “last load” items for the rear of your moving truck or vehicle. Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind.
  • Say “good bye” to your home!

Irrespective of if you’ve utilized the realtor services of William Raveis Stowe Real Estate, we want your moving process to go as smoothly as possible. We hope these tips help!

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