YOUR ULTIMATE CHECKLIST FOR MOVING TO A NEW HOME

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Real Estate Agent with Greetings Virginia with eXp Realty

WHAT TO DO BEFORE MOVING TO A NEW HOME

Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure but also a task that requires careful planning and organization.

Whether relocating to a new city or moving across town, a well-structured checklist can make the process smoother and less stressful.

To help you navigate this critical transition, we've compiled the ultimate list for moving to a new home.

1. Start Early

One of the most critical aspects of a successful move is starting early. Begin your preparations at least eight weeks before your move-in date. This will give you ample time to tackle each task without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Create a Moving Binder

Organize all your essential documents related to the move in a dedicated binder. Include moving quotes, contracts, contact information, and other necessary paperwork. This will help you stay on top of everything.

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3. Purge and Declutter

Before packing, take the opportunity to declutter your home. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need. A clutter-free move is more straightforward and can save money on moving costs.

4. Hire a Moving Company

Book their services well in advance if you're using a moving company. Get estimates from multiple companies, read reviews, and check their insurance coverage. Make sure to clarify any doubts or concerns you have with the movers.

5. Create a Moving Budget

Set a budget for your move, considering all expenses like packing supplies, moving services, and any additional costs. Sticking to a budget will help you save time during this expensive period.

6. Notify Important Parties

Inform essential parties of your move, such as your current and future utility providers, the post office, and the bank. Remember to update your address with the DMV, healthcare providers, and any subscription services you use.

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7. Pack Systematically

Start packing room by room, using sturdy boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap. Label each box with its contents and the space it belongs to, making unpacking a breeze. Keep a "moving day essentials" box with items you'll need immediately upon arrival.

8. Prepare Appliances and Furniture

If you're taking appliances and furniture with you, ensure they are properly cleaned and, if necessary, disconnected or dismantled. This will prevent any last-minute issues on a moving day.

9. Secure Valuables

Pack your valuable items separately and consider transporting them yourself rather than leaving them in the hands of movers. This includes important documents, jewelry, and sentimental items.

10. Update Your Address

Update your address with the postal service, banks, credit card companies, and other essential institutions. This will ensure that you continue receiving important mail and that your financial information is current.

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11. Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit

Prepare a box with essentials for your first day in your new home, including toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and any medications you may need.

12. Conduct a Final Walkthrough

Before leaving your old home, do a final walkthrough to ensure nothing is left behind. Check all cabinets, closets, and rooms to ensure you have noticed everything.

13. Say Goodbye

Take a moment to say Goodbye to your old home and leave a note for the new occupants. Moving can be an emotional experience, and acknowledging this transition can help ease the process.

14. Welcome to Your New Home

Once you arrive at your new home, take some time to explore the neighborhood and make it your own. Unpack methodically and enjoy the process of settling into your new space.

Moving to a new home can be demanding, but with careful planning and organization, you can make it a smooth and manageable experience.

Remember to take breaks, stay hydrated, and ask for help from friends and family. With this checklist as your guide, you'll be well-prepared to start this exciting new chapter. Happy moving!

 

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About the author:

Dan Rochon is Operating Principal of Keller Williams Realty, Alexandria - Kingstowne, VA and Team Leader with Traci of

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Comments (4)

Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Hi Dan,

This is a great post, something every buyer and seller can use.

Have a nice weekend

Sep 30, 2023 04:11 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Dan Rochon very good helpful checklist for moving to a new home.

Sep 30, 2023 05:32 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Oct 02, 2023 02:38 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!

 

Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Oct 02, 2023 09:50 AM