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MOVING CHECKLISTS

Ready to get moving?! Here’s some of our favorite ways to get you and your household set up for success.

ORGANIZE
  • Start going through your closets, drawers and cabinets and analyze what items can be donated
  • Gather all legal documentation into one box and maintain in an accessible and safe place. Documents should include vehicle titles, registration documents and licensing, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock, legal, medical, and insurance records
  • Get estimates from three moving companies and make sure they have insurance
  • Start packing away items you don’t use every day
  • Deep clean the house
  • Meet with the stager for final staging recommendations
CHANGE OF ADDRESS & NOTIFICATIONS
  • Complete a change of address card at the U.S. Postal Service and at the following places you do business: accountants, attorneys, banks, credit card companies,  former employers, insurance agents, IRS/Social Security Admin, periodicals ,  stockbrokers
  • Cancel newspaper delivery (if applicable)
  • Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Contact all utility companies (cable, gas, electric, phone, garbage collection, water, etc.) to arrange for disconnect, final billing and connection at your new address.
  • Arrange to have children’s school records transferred
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new location
  • Cancel voter registration; re-register once you’ve settled into your new home
THE HOME STRETCH!
  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers
  • Pack first night items, including: alarm clocks, change of clothes, flashlight, phone, sheets, toiletries and towels
  • Keep medications, financial information and valuable items with you!
  • Make sure all of your inspection repairs are complete
  • Contact your home owner’s insurance company and let them know your day of closing
  • Your home needs to be left in clean condition, vacuumed, mopped, all cabinets and counters wiped clean, cleaned appliances and all trash and debris removed from inside and outside of the property
PACKING TIPS

There are a lot of little things you can do when packing to help save yourself from a lot of stress. Here’s just a few!

PACK A MOVING SURVIVAL KIT

  • Aspirin
  • Coffee, filters, and coffee maker
  • Paper cups and plates, plastic utensils
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, soap
  • Water, sunglasses and chapstick

PACKING HACKS

 

  • Keep jewelry, important papers or medications with you
  • Label boxes as you pack them with content and desired room location
  • Leave lamps, china and artwork or breakables for movers to pack
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes.
  • Do not over-stuff boxes; leave some extra room at the top
  • Tape cords underneath all electrical appliances
  • Wrap breakables in newspaper, bubble wrap, clothes or towel
  • Use RED packing tape for critical boxes you want to unpack first
  • Put plastic wrap over drawers so you don’t have to empty out their contents.
  • Pack plates vertically so they’re less likely to break. Make sure you wrap them well!
  • Don’t take clothes off their hangers. Move them in bunches in garbage bags still on the hangers. Easy and way cheaper than wardrobe boxes.
  • Color code each box according to room so you can identify what needs to go where in a glance.
  • Add some padding to your boxes. Plastic grocery bags are great for cushioning your breakables. Don’t leave room at the top without padding because otherwise they may get crushed.
  • Remember to mark boxes with breakables as fragile. Whether you’ve hired movers or are doing it yourself, you don’t want someone to be too rough with those boxes.
  • Cut triangles in boxes about 1/3 of the way down to create handles for easy carrying
WHAT EVERY BUYER SHOULD KNOW
  • Property taxes and qualified home interest are deductible on an individual’s federal income tax return in most cases.
  • Many times, a home is the largest asset an individual has and is considered one of the safest investments available.
  • A portion of each amortized mortgage payment goes toward the principal, which is an investment.
  • A home is one of the few investments you can enjoy by living in it!
  • The majority of the time, a REALTOR® can show you any home, whether it is listed with a company or a builder or is even a For Sale By Owner.
  • Working with a REALTOR® to purchase a For Sale By Owner property is very advantageous, because someone will be looking out for your best interests.
  • The right to conduct a property inspection, included in your purchase agreement, gives you the ability to negotiate with the seller once you know all the facts about the property’s condition.
  • In a “seller’s market,” don’t go looking for a deal. Set your sights on the right house for you, and then let your REALTOR help you negotiate the best price and terms.