Last Minute Moving Checklist for Your Relocation to Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Included in Your Online Relocation Package for Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Home of Fort George G. Meade, NSA, Northrop Grumman, BWI, and the U.S. Naval Academy.



Did I tell you about the time when movers packed wet coffee grounds from my sink? 

Or another time when my un-emptied kitchen trash can got packed?  (Week-old banana peels are not a pleasant surprise when you're unpacking.)  When we relocated back to Maryland from Charleston, South Carolina, my boys' friends came over for a last good-bye - only to find their bikes loaded on the van when they went outside.

Then there was a client of mine who hid her purse, cell phone and keys out of sight, in the oven, and when she went to get them after the movers were on the road... Yep, they (and the broiler pan) were apparently on the road, too.

Everyone has moving stories, so brace yourself.  There's no question IF you will - the only question is what your moving story will be.  


First, before I give you another copy of my to-do list, here are the utility companies you should contact this week, to make sure everything is turned on for you after closing on your new home in Maryland:




  • Water and Sewer - Anne Arundel County, 410-220-7000 
  • Gas & Electric - BGE, 800-685-0123
  • Cable TV and Internet - Comcast, 310-731-4260
  • Phone and Internet Service - Verizon.                   
        (Note:  FIOS Service is available in Crofton)

For a complete list of Anne Arundel County Services, here is a link to



To make sure your story is NOT one about your purse, cell phone and car keys getting buried in a packing box, let's put those at the top of this to-do list for BEFORE the movers come!  Besides, that story is already in my collection - and I'd like to have some new ones for the book I plan to write someday.

I recommend moving the following items to your car, your office, or your neighbor's house before the movers come, because no place inside your house is safe!


Here's my Top-20 checklist, but you can add anything else to it you think of:

1.   Packing to moveKeys and Purse.

2.  Medical records for each member of the family.

3.  School records for each of your children.

4.   Veterinarian records for each of your pets. 

5.  The garage door opener, broiler pan, instruction manuals and anything else included in the sale of your home - after your movers leave, you can bring those back into the house to leave for your buyers.

6.  Cleaning supplies for preparing your home for the buyer's walk-through.  You'll probably want to dust, sweep, wash floors or even touch up the paint, so put those supplies out of the house, too, and bring them back after the movers are gone. 

7.  Suitcase containing necessities for your trip, if this is a long-distance move.


...and all the documentation previously provided to your new lender:

8.  Social Security number and birth date of each applicant.

9.  Income verification for each applicant (2 most recent pay stubs with year-to-date earnings).  If you are active-duty military, this includes basic pay and all allowances.

10. Tax information for each applicant (W-2's and tax returns for 2 most recent years).

11. Employment verification for each applicant (Employers names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).

12. Bank account information for each applicant (2 most recent statements for all bank accounts).

13.  Assetsfor each applicant (2 most recent statements for IRA's, 409K's, CD's, Stocks and Bonds; if you have individual investments, bring a brokerage statement with name of the stock, number of shares and the amount per share).

14.  Personal property information for each applicant (cars, furniture, retirement accounts, jewelry, valuable collections and life insurance).

15. Credit information for each applicant (2 most recent statements for all creditors).

16. Current housing information for each applicant (If you own: address, market value, original loan amount, balance due, monthly payment amount, copy of listing if property is currently for sale; if you rent: copy of lease).

17. New home information (Receipt for earnest money deposit, copy of purchase contract and listing information).

18. Gift letter, if applicable (Letter from donor stating amount of gift and that money does not have to be repaid).

19. Self-employment information for each applicant (2 most recent years profit and loss statements and balance sheets), if applicable.

20. Divorce/separation information for each applicant (Copy of the divorce decree or maintenance statement and any amendments, 12-month history of child support and/or alimony payments), if applicable.

21.  In-school/student verification (If you don't have 2 years of employment history, you will need transcript and/or diploma to verify student status) for each applicant, if applicable. 

22. Rental propertyinformation for each applicant (For all rental property, you must provide addresses, copies of leases, account numbers, mortgage lenders' names, addresses, and phone numbers), if appicable.


While your loan has been finalized and the title search for your home is in, it's always a good idea to have your loan application paperwork handy - occasionally, I've had clients who needed something from the package at the last minute.  There are no unresolved issues that I know about at this time.  Should anything come up before you arrive, I'll give you a call and keep you informed. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, plese don't hesitate to contact me.  Assuring that your relocation goes smoothlessly over the next week is my #1 priority!

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This infoMargaret Wodarmation was provided to you by Margaret Woda, an Associate Broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton Maryland. Contact Margaret today for general real estate information or to learn how she can help you buy or sell a home in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton. 

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Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Margaret~This is an incredible post for people relocating. You have taken all the wonder and worry out of their minds and are putting them at ease. A moving checklist is on my to-do list in my blog folder, but my goodness, I'm not sure if I can tackle that one after seeing this. WOAH! I'll say you lend a lot of inspiration. Have a great week!
Feb 25, 2008 03:14 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Margaret:  You just continue to produce top quality posts, which of course, continues to endear you to all of your Focus on Crofton blog readers... of which I am one.  Thanks for sharing... take care...
Feb 25, 2008 05:21 PM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

We arrived in Germany from Japan (yes that was a PCS worthy of a very long story) to find the movers had packed an open can of cat food.  Fortunately it was packed with cookware not clothes and had just dried out.   Now the belonging that came out of storage after 5 years in Mississippi....well we just won't go there!

Feb 25, 2008 11:09 PM #3
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Thank you for a great post - I bookmarked it for future reference for clients.

Thanks - Sharon

Feb 26, 2008 10:18 AM #4
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
I lost my purse in a move and found it 10 years later - don't ask
Feb 26, 2008 05:00 PM #5
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thesa - You can't say that - Of course you know I'll ask!   LOL

Sharon - Thanks, I hope it comes in handy for you.  All you have to do is add in your own local utility numbers.

Cindy - Now that does sound like a post of it's own.

Karen Anne - Thank you, my friend.  Did you get my email about townhouses near the stadium?

Julie - This is an update of a previously published list, but I thought it was important to add the utility company numbers and humanize it a bit, with a story or two...

Feb 26, 2008 08:48 PM #6
Jan Evett
The Premier Property Group LLC - Rosemary Beach, FL
Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate


This is why you wear the tiara... you are the queen of relo posts!  Excellent ideas here that will benefit any of your customers, and a great example for the agents who read your blog. Thank you, thank you!!

Feb 26, 2008 10:04 PM #7
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Jan, Thank you!  I think people need to expect the unexpected - and what better way than including a few personal experiences...  And your relo posts are great!

Feb 26, 2008 10:49 PM #8
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Margaret:  No, I did not get it.  Could you please re-send it to  Thanks.  Take care...

Oops... I got the email.  Thanks...

Feb 27, 2008 02:22 AM #9
James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move

When I moved from Florida; I unwrapped $ .42 cents, a tic tac and a piece of lint.  I must have emptied out my jeans pocket on the table.


GREAT information here Margaret!

Feb 27, 2008 11:07 AM #10
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
You always blow my mind with your wonderful insight to what is important when relocating. Great post.
Feb 27, 2008 11:48 PM #11
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Martha, thank you.  It comes from being Navy wife, I'm sure, and lessons learned.

James, that is so true!  I can picture that happening!

Karen, Eagerly awaiting more information about that.

Feb 28, 2008 03:07 AM #12
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Margaret- I love this one too! Everyone needs this list when they move anywhere! 
Feb 28, 2008 03:40 PM #13
Lani Stern
Toronto, ON
Your lifetime agent

Super list, this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

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