Is in the Details

Adjusting to life in a new neighborhood can be stressful enough make it worse. Ironing out the details weeks in advance will possessions arrive at your new home in one piece.

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Use These Moving Tips for a Trouble-Free Move to Your New Home

Your moving timeline might differ if you are selling a house and have accepted a quick closing date. Push everything forward as necessary to accomplish your move as quickly and easily as possible.

As Soon as Your House Goes on the Market

Purchase packing supplies, such as tape, boxes and wrapping papers or plastics. Buy stickers or red markers to flag fragile packages.

Start keeping track of all moving expenses, because some might be tax deductible.

Clean and organize all closets.

Clean and de-clutter every room in the house, including the garage and basement.

Pack unused items that you plan to keep. Label each box’s contents and store the boxes in a safe but out of the way location where they won’t interfere with showings.

Donate unneeded items to charity or have a garage sale to get rid of them.

As Soon as You Know a Moving Date

If you’re hiring movers, get price estimates and a list of services. Place your order when you know you have a firm move date.

If you’re moving yourself, check moving truck prices and reserve a truck.

4-6 Weeks Before Moving

• Keep packing if you’re doing the work yourself. If movers will pack you ask the moving company for advice on the best ways to prepare.

• Contact people who work for you on a regular basis, such as pool maintenance companies and gardeners, to cancel their services. Leave their business cards for new owners.

• Place reference manuals for major appliances in a kitchen cabinet or drawer where new owners will find them. Label extra keys and place in the drawer.

2 Weeks Before Moving

• Call utility companies and arrange for meter readings on the day of closing so that all services after that date are the responsibility of the new owner. The new owner should also notify utilities of the switchover and set up new accounts.

• Have utilities disconnected at closing if the new owner does not establish accounts.

• Stop auto delivery of propane gas or fuel unless it is really needed.

• Arrange to discontinue your telephone service on the day of closing. Give your cell phone number or another contact number to everyone associated with the move and real estate closing, just in case they need to reach you after the home phone has been disconnected.

• Arrange to disconnect your satellite or cable TV coverage.

• Now do just the opposite to begin establishing services at your new home.

• File a change of address notice at the post office, making it effective on your moving date or a few days before.

• Notify your creditors, magazine subscriptions, friends and family, doctors, dentists and others of your new address.

• Schedule a cancellation date or new address for newspaper deliveries.

• If you’re moving out of the area, start picking up items out for cleaning or repair. Return library books and rented DVDs and videos. Arrange to have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.

• Start an essentials box or two–all the things you’ll need immediately after you unload at your new location, such as toiletries, a broom, towels, sheets, blankets, a change of clothes and nightware.

• Find certificates verifying that your pets are up-to-date on required vaccinations. Gather other important documents and plan to carry them with you on the day of moving.

• Open a bank account at your new location, or, if you’re staying in the area, order checks with your new address.

1 Week Before Moving

• Confirm that your closing is still on track and handle tasks required by your closing agent.

• Confirm moving and delivery dates with movers or check your truck reservation.

• Clean each room thoroughly as you finish packing. Don’t forget major appliances. Wait to pack your vacuum and other tools necessary for last-minute cleaning on moving day.

• Arrange to cancel existing homeowner’s insurance coveage after the closing is complete and you no longer own the property. If there’s a delay, call your insurance agent immediately.

• Arrange for someone to read the level of propane gas or fuel oil in tanks that remain on the property if your sales contract requires the new owners to pay you market price for the fuel.


Weeks before you move, start collecting boxes and gathering any necessary supplies (packing tape, sharpies, etc). Ideally, the boxes will be uniform so that they are easily stacked and stored prior to the day you close on your new home. When you start packing, work your way through your home, room by room, to make the task seem less onerous. If possible, spread out heavy items like books in several boxes as you may be the one lifting them. Before buying loosefill peanuts or other packing materials, first consider what you have around the house for this purpose. Linens are excellent for wrapping and insulating delicate items, while old newspaper will help cushion plates, mugs, and cups and will more than likely ensure they arrive intact at your new home.


Before movers start angling your widescreen TV down narrow hallways, make sure most, if not all, contents in your home are properly insured. If you’re unsure, contact your insurance provider and get a list of what is covered under your home insurance. Does it cover items in transit? If not, most moving companies offer additional insurance – something you may want to consider purchasing for added peace of mind. Also, few, if any, reputable moving companies will be held liable for the safe transport of important documents, jewelry, or currency. Pack those items yourself, and, along with any other precious keepsakes, keep them in your car to ensure they arrive safely.

Last minute

When moving, you’ll likely discover items around the house that have been dormant for years. Heirlooms, collections, and other possessions with sentimental value aside, this is an ideal opportunity to clean up and donate any unwanted or unused items to a local charity. You’ll not only be giving these items a second life, you’ll also be limiting the time you spend creating space for them in your new home.