What can I do to prepare for my move?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Lake Norman-Mooresville

What can I do to prepare for my move?



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Preparing to move is a huge undertaking, but if done in an organized and strategic manner, it can go smoothly.  More than likely, you have already packed up some of your personal items to get ready for listing.  At this point, you need to start packing the rest and be all complete by the final walk-thru, allowing time for cleanup.


The quickest and easiest way to prepare for your move is to hire a moving company.  Many will show up a few days before closing and pack everything for you, label it and move it or store it until your are ready.  This is convenient but also more costly.  Another option is to pack yourself and have a POD delivered to your driveway to move at your leisure or pack up your items yourself and have movers come and pack the truck and move you. You can also rent a moving truck and move yourself.  You will decide based on your particular situation.



 If you choose to pack yourself, here are some tips to keep you on track:image


To get prepared for packing, you will need a variety of boxes of varying sizes and shapes, packing tape, markers, padding, newspaper and blankets.  You can go to a local moving company or U-haul and purchase boxes, order them online or you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes.  Purchase a packing tape dispenser and labels.  You can also purchase colored packing tape pre-printed with the individual rooms on it.


One of the best strategies is to start with items you are not using on a daily basis and could do without for a few weeks.  Make a list of everything you are putting in the box and attach a label to the box.  This will make things easy to find and quick to locate.  Take the time to go through everything and weed out those items you no longer need.  This is a great time for “spring cleaning”.  Keep some boxes aside to donate or give away.


Make a list of essential items you will need immediately such as toiletries, a few changes of clothes, important documents, cooking supplies, toys, pet care products and anything else you may use on a daily basis that you cannot go without.  Keep these items in a specially marked box and keep them close to you.




You will need to call the utility companies at your new home to arrange service as well as set up a disconnect date for your current home.  The most critical are electricity and gas.  You can arrange phone, cable and garbage service when you arrive.  Be sure to disconnect any alarm, lawn, termite or newspaper services.




You can go online or pick up a change of address form for the post office.  Be sure to leave your name and forwarding address for the new owners to that they can contact you if any mail slips through the cracks.  Have some new labels made up with your new address so that you can start notifying those you do business with.  You can change your address online with most of your creditors.


Medical Records:


Contact your doctor, dentist and vet to have any medical records transferred to your new location or get a copy to take with you.  Keep all important paperwork in a file for easy access.  You will also need school records if you have children.


Moving out of town or state:


If you are moving a long distance, don’t forget to check on any dry cleaning, photos, repair items or anything else you may have outside the home.  If you have  safe deposit box, you will need to empty it and transfer to a new bank.  You may also have to close out your bank accounts.


Best Tips:

 Have a Checklist or two

 Do a little at a time

 Don’t Stress!  Have a great move and enjoy your new home.



Here are some sites with useful information on moving:

 The Moving BLog

 The Home Depot-Move

 My Moving Reviews



Other titles in the seller series:

Article #1: Seller Questions Answered – A preview to Listing your home for Sale
Article #2: What do I need to do to prepare my home for sale?
Article #3: Why do I need an Real Estate agent and how do I select one?
Article #4: I have signed the paperwork, now what? -What to expect during the listing period
Article #5: A buyer wants to see my home -How can I maximize showing opportunities?
Article #6: I have received an offer – now what?
Article #7: My home is under contract – What are the next steps?
Article #8: What can I do to prepare for my move?
Article #9: What can I expect at the closing table?
Article #10:  What happens after my home is SOLD?






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Comments (3)

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I quote myself


The main topic of the broadcast: Tips For Packing A Home For A Move.

The main topic of the broadcast this week was tips for packing a home for a move. I heard several great things that I had never thought of....

  1. Create an open space to put things that you have packed.
  2. For each area you are clearing have 3 boxes...1 for trash, 1 for charity and 1 for can't live without.
  3. Grocery Store and Liquor Store Boxes are heavy duty and perfect for packing.
  4. Beware of using grocery store boxes as you might carry bugs into your home and into your new home...one solution mentioned was to spray down the boxes with bug spray before packing.a
  5. Ask your real estate professional for a referral to someone who recently moved, they will probably have lots of boxes! Hint, if they don't know anyone who recently moved, they may not be the right agent! :)
  6. Clear the clutter. You will probably get rid of at least 30% of the contents of your home.
  7. Begin by packing out of season clothes and items.
  8. Use clear contractor bags so you can see the contents.
  9. Label each box with the contents...if you are not moving each box yourself, this method may put your valuables at risk. Another idea...Keep a private list of contents and code each box with a coordinating letter.
  10. Use FREECYCLE to get rid of usable unneeded items. Saves trips to the dump...One man's trash is another man's treasure.

You have way more STUFF in your home than you realize. Start packing sooner than later and be brutal with editing! It will be emotional, that's OK. You will get through it and you won't end up on an episode of Hoarders! If you haven't used it in 6 months to 2 years....GET RID OF IT! If it's your grown kids stuff, call them to come get it.


Mar 10, 2013 01:39 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I love that "Smart Move" brightly colored box tape.

Mar 10, 2013 01:41 PM
Sonya Leonard
Keller Williams Lake Norman-Mooresville - Statesville, NC
Lake Norman/Statesville NC Real Estate Resource


Love those tips too, especially #5!  I have seen some homes that are very close to qualifying for hoarders.


Michelle-  I saw that tape and thought "Where was that when I moved?"  It would have made boxes much easier to spot when they are stacked 5 high!

Mar 10, 2013 11:59 PM