The Essential Moving Checklist For Buyers

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The Essential Moving Checklist For Buyers

It’s quite an exciting feeling when you buy a new home! For starters you can’t wait for closing day and for that very moment the keys to your new palace are placed in your hands. You’ve probably exhausted your imagination with plans on where you’re going to hang things, how you’re going to change things, and what color you’re going to paint things. But before you start bringing home new tile samples and color fan decks, here is a BUYER'S MOVING CHECKLIST you should be sure to check off for your big move!


1. Reserve Movers/U-Haul Whether you’re moving yourself with help from friends or hiring a MOVING COMPANY, find out your exact closing date to schedule movers or to schedule a pick up date for a U-Haul. If you are hiring a moving company be sure to catalogue your valuables and take pictures for damage/theft purposes.

2. Avoid Buying Groceries Too Close To Your Moving Date –You should air out your refrigerator for at least 24 hours BEFORE MOVING. The more groceries you have that need to stay cold the more ice chests you’ll need to hold them over. So start tapering off on your grocery buying the closer you get to moving. Eating out might be an easier option during those last couple of days before RELOCATING.


3. Have A Garage Sale or Donate To Goodwill This is the perfect time to clean out your junk! Go through your basement, attic, and garage and start shedding away things you’ll never use again such as old clothes, dusty camping gear or old paintings that will never see the light of day. Host a GARAGE SALE for some extra cash or make a nice donation to your local Goodwill.



4. Utilities: Turn ‘Em On & Shut ‘Em Off!Coordinate with the seller when they plan on getting the UTILITIES shut off and contact the utility companies to arrange switching service under your name to avoid a lapse during move time. The last thing you need is a house with no electricity on the day you’re trying to move in! Keep in mind that deposits are required in a lot of cases to start service so make sure you BUDGET for it. And don’t forget to turn off the utilities at the house you’re MOVING OUT of.


5. Boxes, Boxes, Boxes –Drive behind places like Walmart, grocery stores, and liquor stores to try and snag as many empty boxes that they throw away as you can. Or opt to buy some inexpensive plastic storage boxes that you can keep and re-use for storage after the fact. Running out of boxes will put a BIG CRIMP in your move.


6. Forward Your Mail –Find out which Post Office services your home and submit a change of address. If you are buying a CONDO/TOWNHOME you will need to bring proof of ownership to your post office in order to obtain a mailbox key from them. (HOA’s usually do not possess mailbox keys) Mail usually takes about 10 days to start forwarding so to avoid having mail sent to your old residence after you move you should submit your change of address accordingly. You can also submit the change online at . TIP: Look for various savings coupons (Lowe’s, Insurance companies, etc.) in the official change of address letter USPS sends to your new address.


7. Change The Locks Immediately –Make sure you buy sturdy locks and change the locks immediately after you move in, especially if it is a house that sat empty for awhile with a lockbox. You never know whose hands a copy of the old key might be floating around in and its always better to be safe than sorry.


8. Transfer/Obtain Insurance Policies: If you’re BUYING A HOUSE be sure to transfer or obtain home owner’s insurance right away. Find out what insurance is needed for your area (e.g. flood insurance, hurricane insurance, etc.) If you are buying a condo/townhome find out exactly what your HOA covers with their umbrella insurance policy. Most HOA policies should cover roof, fire, structural etc., but make sure you investigate this. Also, be sure to obtain CONTENT INSURANCE for all of your belongings and interior property.    TIP:  Most insurance companies will give you a 10-15% discount if you have an alarm system installed.  If you bundle your insurance (car + home + life) you can save a substantial amount of money.


9. The Dreaded DMV…..Uuugh! Probably the least enjoyable part of the moving process if you’re moving to another state is having to transfer your plates and driver’s license over to your new state. Find out what the registration fee is as it varies by state, and clear your schedule to spend the day at the DMV. If you’re not moving out-of-state be sure to contact your current DMV and inform them of your CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Car registration renewals DO NOT get forwarded by the USPS even if you have a mail forwarding request submitted. The last thing you need is to get ticketed for having an expired tag on your car because you didn’t receive your renewal notice.



10. Last But Not Least…..Order A Pizza! 

Do yourself a favor and order a pizza on MOVING DAY. With everything in disarray and packed up in boxes you’d be crazy to try and cook something once your stomachs start growling. Besides, who has the energy? And who wants to take a drive to the nearest drive thru in the middle of the chaos when the food can come to you? So take a breather, grab yourself a nice hot slice and a cold beer and pat yourself on the back






If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling

a Nashville Home please contact:



Emily Lowe


The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty


Office: (615) 463-3333 / Cell: (615) 509-1753 


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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Don't forget about the furry children!  When relocating, you will want to make sure that you have their medical records transferred or a copy of them with you.  And don't forget about the children's medical records including immunizations as well!  :0)  Overall, great list!  Thank you for sharing.

Jul 15, 2013 12:29 PM #8
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Love the tutorial for the buyers... Great info and a reminder to get the basics all taken care of. Thanks for sharing

Jul 15, 2013 01:03 PM #9
Rekha Vyas
Keller Williams Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL

This is a great checklist for buyers. I especially like # 3. Moving is the perfect time to get rid of junk.

Jul 15, 2013 01:20 PM #10
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     May I respectfully suggest - don't trust the USPS to "Change your Address".  The Change of Address Form only instructs the Post Office to forward your mail.  Notify everyone in writing of your New Address - especially your Bank, Insurance Companies, Credit Card Companies, etc.


Jul 15, 2013 01:24 PM #11
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Emily this is a very well written and comprehensive list for your buyers. Nice job!

Jul 15, 2013 01:40 PM #12
Harry Hyppolite
Keller Williams - Coral Springs, FL

Great post and a very helpful checklist...

Jul 15, 2013 02:18 PM #13
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

One of the better moving checklist posts I have seen as you hit about everything in this.

Good post

Jul 15, 2013 02:20 PM #14
John Cochran - Beavercreek, OH
Real Estate Agent

Great  checklist and very useful post Emily.

Jul 15, 2013 04:06 PM #15
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
Greater Good Group

Great list Emily! Many sellers/ buyer will find this useful

Jul 15, 2013 06:58 PM #16
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Emily, this is a well written post and very informational.. .I'm glad it was featured and well deserving as well. 

Jul 15, 2013 07:19 PM #17
John T. Dowd
United Country Dowd & Forbes Realty - Edenton, NC
Integrity - Service - Experience

Good post........thank you.

Jul 15, 2013 09:19 PM #18
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Nice feature, lots of great information and well written with good links and photos.

Jul 15, 2013 11:04 PM #19
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Emily, excellent checklist for home buyers. During all the rush and excitement, this will help so nothing falls through the crack.

Jul 15, 2013 11:14 PM #20
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker

Great list, Emily! I think this should be given to all new buyers! I know mine will get it! Thanks for posting! 

Jul 16, 2013 01:31 AM #21
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Thanks for the tips Emily! Number 1 is huge in my book. Reserve early enough and you won't have any problems.

Jul 16, 2013 02:33 AM #22
Brian Schulte
Allison James Estates & Homes - Sierra Vista, AZ
SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ

This was so EXCELLENT I printed and gave to some buyers. TY

Keep Smilin'

Jul 16, 2013 03:31 AM #23
Kelly Barbus
Keller Williams Buffalo Northtowns - Buffalo, NY
Keller Williams Buffalo Northtowns
Excellent post! I will certainly be adding a few of you tips to my buyer checklist. Thanks so much!
Jul 16, 2013 03:49 AM #24
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX
Awesome post packed with very useful tips. Thank you!!
Jul 16, 2013 03:53 AM #25
Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Hi Emily, what an excellent post and advice!  I am sure every buyer would find this checklist helpful and essential to their move.  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 15, 2013 10:41 AM #30
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

We kept the wardrobe boxes from our last move and we loan them out to our buyer clients. It can make a move much easier for moving clothes!

Aug 18, 2013 05:07 AM #31
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