Moving Checklist for Home Buyers


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!


  • 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


  • 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.


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

- Social Security
- Vehicle Registration

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


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


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.