Pre-Move Checklist

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Pre-Move Checklist





So much to do with what seems to be so little time!  


Here's a Checklist to help you with those little Moving Details that can get lost in the chaos.






Pre-Move Checklist


  • Pick up any items you still have at your dry cleaners or other repair places. 
  • Place personal records in a safe place for the move with easy access.
         -Medical information - Doctor #‘s - School Records - Bank accounts
         - Vet Records - Vehicle Info - Insurance Info
  • Keep a list of phone numbers and contact information for your current location.  At some point, you'll be asked the address of your last residence and while it may still be fresh in your mind for a month...not so much later.  You'll have so many others numbers to remember it's nice to have a record.  
  • Cancel, transfer or give your new address for any club memberships you may    have. 
  • If you have EFT or Automatic Payments set up for your utilities or other services, make sure  they are stopped after your final payment.
  • Return any Library Books
  • Apply for change of address with Post Office
              - Magazines and other subscriptions
              - Credit Cards
              - Financial institutions, including stock and investment accounts  
              - Insurance accounts
              - Recurring Internet accounts such as
  • House Insurance - Make sure it is in place
  • Contact Movers/Rent Moving Truck
  • Transfer Utilities effective for the date of title transfer
  • Cancel Services like Daily Newspaper, Lawn Care, Diaper Delivery 
  • Make Pet arrangements
  • Make Child Care arrangements
  • Have locks changed and/or leave keys and openers
  • If you are the seller, leave warranty information on appliances and mechanics, leave keys and garage door openers, leave operating instructions when applicable
  • Final Walk Through on the house
  • Order change of address cards to be mailed to family and friends


It's not uncommon to have a delay in the actual close of the house. Have a Plan B in place just in case the final closing/sale day of the house is delayed for any reason.  You may want to ask services that you've hired, what happens if the closing of the house is delayed, thus making the move delayed?  A delay in the close can throw everything off!  Being prepared for the worst will help immensely.


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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Christine-I like your checklist. Using a checklist is a great way to stay organized and on task. Thanks.

Aug 12, 2013 06:28 AM #1
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Thank you Wayne!  Sure does help!

Aug 12, 2013 06:36 AM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Christine - Thank you for sharing another excellent and important blog about list of tips on pre-move checklist.

Aug 12, 2013 07:51 AM #3
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Christine:  Pretty great and thorough list you've put together here!  It certainly will help those that are about ready to sell or move.  Sometimes having a little help organizing is a godsend ...


Aug 12, 2013 08:36 AM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Excellent list.......things that could easily be forgotten with everything that closing and moving involves.  Hope all is going well with your new partner Michael.  ;~)

Aug 12, 2013 08:50 AM #5
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Thank you John!

Thanks Gene,  It has been helpful :)


I'm getting him ready Roger!  :))))  Thanks for asking!

Aug 13, 2013 05:20 AM #6
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