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Seller Checklist: Moving To-Do-List

6 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

Discuss costs, insurance, packing, loading, delivery, and the claims procedure with your mover.

Determine what possessions you might like to sell as well as donations for charities.

Obtain copies of your records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, and veterinarians, etc.

Make arrangements to transfer your children’s schools records.

Find out from your accountant or the IRS about tax- deducible moving expenses. Make sure you keep accurate records.

4 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE (USUALLY THE START OF ESCROW)

If your movers will be packing your belongings, schedule a day or two prior to loading the truck.

Arrange for storage, if needed. Clean or repair furniture, curtains or carpets.

If you are packing yourself, start getting boxes and packing materials.

3 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

Assemble packing materials.

Arrange to cancel utilities and services at your old home and have them installed at your new home.

Make travel and hotel reservations.

Begin packing items you won’t need.

Confirm cell phone coverage in your new neighborhood.

Get car license, registration, and insurance in order.

2 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

Arrange to transfer all your bank accounts to new branch locations.

Make arrangements for pet travel airline reservations, travel containers, vet appointments for health certificate or medications.

Cancel any direct deposit or automatic payments arrangements on bank accounts that you are closing.

Cancel delivery services.

1 WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE

Transfer all medical prescriptions to pharmacy in your new location.

Arrange for a babysitter for moving day, if needed.

Arrange for cleaning service of your old home for the evening of or day after your move.

3 DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE

Have the movers pack your shipment.

Arrange to have cash, a certified check, or money order ready to pay the driver on delivery day.

Set aside valuables and legal documents to go with you, not on the moving van.

Pack clothes and toiletries to go with you; take a day or two of extra clothes in case of delay.

Pack you first day handy items box to go with you

MOVING DAY

Do it yourself movers should pick up truck early.

Make a list of every item and box loaded onto the truck.

Let the mover know where you can be reached.

Before your sign it, read the bill of loading.

Keep it in a safe place until your goods are delivered, charges are paid, and any claims settled.

Turn off appliances and the water at old house.

Meet cleaners or clean home day as movers remove items or day after.

Leave the keys and garage door openers in the house.

Lock all doors and windows.

Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to mover.

DELIVERY DAY

Make sure the utilities are hooked up
Have locksmith install new locks

Assemble first day handy items:

  • Scissors 
  • Utility Knife
  • Coffee Cups
  • Tea kettle/Coffee Maker
  • Paper plates
  • Toilet Paper
  • Instant coffee/tea/soft drinks
  • Unpack the kid’s toys and pets’ toys
  • Toiletry kit
  • Trash Bags
  • Medicines
  • Vacuum or broom
  • Bath Towels   
  • Masking tap
  • Pencils & Paper
  • Soap

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