Moving Checklist: Key to An Easy Move!

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Moving Checklist: Key to An Easy Move!


Moving to your next home? Great! Moving can be a very laborious task; therefore, advance and thorough planning is the key to an easy move. There are so many decisions to make and details to remember.  Therefore, a checklist will help you get organized and stay organized throughout the move.  Since moves are time-consuming from start to finish, it’s best to start planning early.


So take a look at the following list of pre-move activities:


  • Call for estimates from 3 professional movers.
  • Draw a floor plan of your new home use decorating charts and grid to place furniture to scale in each room and decide which furniture to move, which to dispose of, and which to replace or add.
  • Inventory all possessions.  Decide what to move, sell, replace, or donate to your favorite charity.
  • Complete US postal change of address forms.
  • Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting, and veterinarian records (if you have pets).
  • Make arrangements for record transfers between schools on both ends of the move (if you have school-aged children).
  • Itemize moving related costs with mover including packing, loading, special charges,

    insurance, etc.

  • Repair, send out for re-upholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as necessary.
  • Advertise a garage/yard/tag sale to dispose of unneeded furniture, accessories, clothes, etc.
  • Pack items you won't use immediately or that will go into storage.
  • Contact utilities on both ends of the move, order termination or turn-on for occupancy date.
  • Terminate newspaper and other delivery services.
  • Gather important papers, records, valuables for protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box.
  • Notify friends of the new address (and phone number if applicable).
  • Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer.
  • Pick up cash for your trip and a certified check for the mover's invoice.
  • Carefully mark LAST BOX PACKED-FIRST BOX PACKED containing tools, shades,etc.
  • Order pizza, wings, and drinks and CELEBRATE!  

After you have checked your list and checked it twice, you now have the keys to an easy move. If you are thinking of selling or buying a home, consult a Realtor. I am here to serve you, so call me today at (301) 502-2669 or email me at


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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Great advice for those getting ready to make a move... Happy Day 

Jun 28, 2014 02:43 AM #1
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Always good to pack the stuff you won't immediately need first.  That way you aren't looking for something important once you've got to your new location.  

Jun 28, 2014 02:44 AM #2
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Diana, this is a great list for those who move. If followed it would make the move easier.


Jun 28, 2014 02:52 AM #3
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Diana, that is so important to contact the utilities at both ends.  We just closed a listing yesterday and the buyer did not think to do so and the gas and electric were shut off right before the closing.  The utilities in our area usually need a minimum of three to four business days advance warning.

Jun 28, 2014 03:00 AM #4
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Diana - Thank you for the comprehensive list of information on moving checklist key to an easy move.

Jun 28, 2014 08:28 AM #5
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Richard & Beth - Thank you so much.  Have a great day!

Kevin - Not being able to find something important after a move can be a very frustrating thing

Bruce - I know your buyers were not happy campers

John - Thank you for reading!

Thank you all for your comments.  I really appreciate them.

Jun 28, 2014 11:54 AM #6
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Diane, that's a very extensive list, I'm afraid I'm not organized enough to do all that!

Jul 05, 2014 11:38 AM #7
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale


The list can be spread over many, many weeks. That way you give yourself plenty of lead time to get it all done!  Thanks for your comment on my post.


Jul 06, 2014 01:00 AM #8
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