Your Moving Guide To Home Sweet Home

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Your Moving Guide To Home Sweet Home

   Here is a move preparation list that our company did a few years ago. This would be a great handout to give to your clients!


• If you are planning a garage sale, set a date.

• If you have children, arrange to transfer school records.

• Discover schools in your new community (visit on the web).

• Notify insurance companies of the move.

• Start a “Move File” for all receipts, papers and estimates related to your move.


• Choose a van line/rental truck company you will use and give them tentative pick-up/delivery dates.

• If you are moving to a new city, be sure and ask your attorney, doctor and other providers for referrals and any necessary records.

• If you have pets, schedule a check-up and be sure to get a copy of their records from the veterinarian.

• Set schedules with real estate agents and/or landlords.


• Schedule disconnect dates with your local utility companies and cable company.

• Notify new utility companies and cable company of connect dates in the new home.

• If you have a lawnmower or any other power equipment, drain them of oil and gasoline.

• Moving companies will not move them if they are full.

• Cancel newspaper delivery and trash pickup effective on your move date.

• Clean the carpet, floors, and drawers before moving into your new home.


•·      Clean out refrigerator and defrost freezer.

•·      Have your car serviced if you will be driving a long distance.

•·      Confirm connect dates for utilities in your new home.

•·      Be sure to have the Post Office forward all your mail to your new address.

•·      Transfer or close your checking account.

•·      Be sure to get all items from your safe or deposit box.

•·      Pack a survival kit with basic tools, bathroom essentials, kitchen essentials, eyeglasses, address book, checkbook, clock, change of clothes, and directions to your new home.


•·      Bend from your knees and not from your back when lifting.

•·      For large appliances, remove loose fittings and accessories and pack separately.  Tie down, tape or wedge all movable parts and doors.

•·      WRAP...anything you don't want scratched or broken...with blankets, curtains, sheets, plastic or paper.

•·      LABLE...anything you wrap or place into a box.

•·      Plants help make a home feel homey so don't forget them.  Store them in plastic bags with holes punched for air.  Check agricultural regulations on moving plants or fruit trees in your area.

•·      Moving can be overwhelming for your pet.  Remember to help make the move calm and comfortable for your pet too!


•·       Spend the entire day at home with the movers.

•·       Carry any valuable or family heirlooms with you.

•·       Specify a "DO NOT MOVE" area where you place items you do not want the movers to take with them.

•·       Right before the movers leave, take a final tour of your home, making sure nothing has been left in drawers or closets and that all doors and windows are locked.


•·         When you first arrive, check boxes for external damage. If damage is found check the contents.

•·         Plug in large appliances before your large furniture blocks the outlet.

•·         Locate your survival kit and put it where you can find it and don't forget it.

•·         Obtain numbers needed in an emergency such as the fire department and police.

•·         Check with the post office on any mail that is being held for you.

•·         Register your cars.

•·         Register to vote in your new area.

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Comments (4)

Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.

Connie this is a good list!

Welcome to Active Rain!

Apr 17, 2009 02:29 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Hi Connie -- This is a great list -- I never thought about pet medical records or check ups! 

Apr 18, 2009 02:14 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This is a good start to make a smooth move.  Preparedness (Is that a word?) helps!

Apr 19, 2009 12:42 AM
Liz Harrison
Spruce It Up! Oregon's Real Estate Stager - Salem, OR
ASP, Home Staging Consultant

Connie:  This list makes a move seem much more manageable!  As a professional stager, I give my clients a similar list to follow.  When those clients professionally stage their home, they get a head start on the packing and purging piece of the move so when the house sells, they're that much further along and can focus on the excitement of getting into their new home.

Apr 27, 2009 06:40 PM