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Moving Timeline and Checklist

Please keep in mind that the timeline listed below is for a typical move. However, if you have a quick closing date on selling your home you may need to adjust this accordingly.

When your old home is placed on the market:

  • Begin to gather moving supplies. Moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packaging paper, etc.
  • Your move may be tax deductible. Therefore, start saving all of your receipts for expenses that are related to your move.
  • Start getting organized. Closets should be cleaned out and old items should be thrown away, donated to charity, or sold.
  • Start packing the items that you know you will not need. Label the boxes with both fragile (if necessary) and what the contents are in the box.

    When you know your moving date:
  • If you want to hire a moving crew to come in and help you, you should compare moving companies and get price estimates in order to place an order.
  • If you are doing all the move yourself and need to rent a truck, check the rental truck companies for pricing and reserve one.

    Do the following 4-6 weeks before you are moving:
  • If you are not hiring a moving company, continue to pack the unnecessary items. If you are hiring a moving company, ask them if they have advice on things you could do to make the move smoother for them.
  • If you have any regular maintenance people you should make them aware that you are moving. For example, gardeners and pool companies would certainly appreciate you making them aware of cancellation. If you have business cards, leave them for the new owner.
  • Make sure you leave manuals and other important contents for any appliances that are being left.

    Do the following 2 weeks before you are moving:
  • You should make sure that utility companies are aware of you moving. The new owner should be responsible for the utilities from the day of closing to the remainder of that month.
  • Cancel delivery of all propane gas or any other fuel that is regularly brought to your home.
  • Arrange to have the cable or satellite TV disconnected.
  • Do the opposite of the above for your new home.
  • The post office should be aware of your address change so that they can place an address change notice within a few days prior to moving.
  • All newspapers, magazine subscriptions, family, dentists, and doctors should be made aware of the address change.
  • Make sure you return old library books or movie rentals.
  • Begin your "necessities box". This box will contain the things that are essential at your new home. It should contain sheets, blankets, towels, toiletries, night clothing, extra clothes, etc.
  • Important documents should be gathered and stored in a labeled box.
  • Start working on a new bank account in your area as well as ordering checks for your new address.

    Do the following 1 week before the move:
  • Make sure closing is on track for your old home.
  • Verify your truck reservation or moving company reservations are accurate.

    Do the following on moving day:
  • Do a thorough inspection of the home for items that may not have been packed. Open cabinets, closets, etc.
  • Make sure you have the keys to the new house.
  • Supervise or have someone else supervise moving companies.
  • Watch for items that may be damaged. Note the damage to the movers and have the supervising person sign off on any items that are broken.
  • Unpack your essentials first, then work your way in reverse going from most important to least important.

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