Moving Checklist for Home Buyers

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Buying a home can be stressful…and moving is the one thing that your real estate agent can’t help you with.  No matter how hard we try!  I have compiled this list to help people buying a new home with the exciting, yet daunting, task of moving.  This list has come from mentors, associates, the world wide interweb, and personal experience.  Hopefully, you will find it helpful!

TWO MONTHS AHEAD

  • Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need (keep receipts for tax purposes).  Some local charities will pick up your donated items
  • Talk to your accountant about whether any of your moving expenses are tax-deductible, and start keeping records
  • Save all your last bills so you’ll have customer service and account numbers

ONCE YOU ARE PENDING

  • Get recommendations for movers and talk to them about their insurance, packing and delivery policies
  • Talk to your insurance agent about what your insurance will cover during your move
  • Take photographs of valuables and record serial numbers of electronic equipment
  • Get written appraisals of any antiques
  • Begin packing items you do not need often.  As you pack, label each box with its contents and the room where it will go.
  • Order (or begin collecting) boxes.

ONCE APPRAISAL HAS BEEN APPROVED

New Address Notifications

  • Banks & Financial Institution

- Checking
- Savings
- Loans (car, student, other mortgages) 
- Credit Card Companies

  • Employer
  • Insurance Company / Agent
  • Post Office
  • Schools
  • Government Agencies

- IRS
- Social Security
- Vehicle Registration

  • Magazines / Subscriptions
  • Memberships
  1.      Costco / Shopping Clubs
  2.      Health Club
  • Friends & Family
  • Health Providers
  1.      Doctors
  2.      Dentist
  3.      Pharmacy

ONE WEEK AHEAD

Contact utilities for your current home and notify them of your closing/moving date:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Oil/Propane
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Phone
  • Home Security Monitoring

Some utilities need advanced notice to schedule a connection. Commonly they are:

  • Cable
  • Phone
  • Internet
  • Check the rules in the condo or apartment about restrictions in use of the elevator.

Pack a box of items you will need upon arrival in your new home:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disposable plates & cups
  • Tool box
  • Snacks
  • Bathroom supplies
  • Trash bags

MOVING DAY

Confirm all utilities have been transferred

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Oil/Propane
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Phone
  • Home Security Monitoring
  • Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access.