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THE Moving Checklist

When buying and selling a new house, there is a list a mile long of things to do. Here’s a checklist of everything you need to do to prepare for your next move:

Before the move

  • Make a moving folder to keep track of all bids, receipts, and paperwork

  • Select a moving date

  • Schedule time off of work or school around your move date

  • Hire movers, it is worth every penny

  • Check your furniture measurements to see if everything fits in your new home and plan the layout

  • Collect moving supplies: boxes, plastic bins, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, permanent markers, ziplock bags

  • Begin decluttering

  • Start selling large items you no longer want, schedule time to bring donations to a thrift store

  • Start packing nonessentials: books, decor, out-of-season clothing

  • Label your boxes

    • Write on the outside of the box what room the items are from and what types of items are in there. Try using different colors of duct tape to label what box belongs in what room.

  • Notify your utility and service providers about the move

    • Electricity, water, cable, internet, home security, home insurance, pest control, lawn services, cleaning services, voter registration

  • Update your address for all deliveries and payments

    • Credit cards, regularly used delivery services

  • Schedule a baby sitter or pet sitter for the day of the move

  • Clean out your pantry and fridge

  • Get cash to tip the movers

  • Pack a suitcase with essential items you will need the day of the move. Clothing, toiletries, and sheets will be needed day one in the new house

Day of the move

  • Get up early to pack any last minute items

  • If you color coded your boxes, create a key to hang at the new house to show where each box will go

  • Do a final walk through to make sure nothing gets left behind

  • Head over to your new house and get unpacking!

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