Moving Tips

Selling Current House

Get a formal appraisal on your home to determine your home’s value.

Have a real estate professional review your home with you to discuss possible changes.

Create a “Home” folder that includes details on warranty items, repair work, codes, manuals. 

Consider a note to buyers describing what you’ve loved about great  trails, neighbors, storage, efficiency..

Don’t leave family photos, medications and other identifying information or dangerous items  in the open.

Moving with Pets

Consider new neighborhood restrictions on the number or breeds of pets you have. 

Consider microchipping and vaccinations. 

Consider  travel restrictions for pets based on temperature at both departure and arrival locations. Your pet may also need a health certificate to fly.

Consider boarding your pet on the day you move in.

Make a list of what your pet will need during the move, and place those items in a bag that’ll be easy to find.

Find out about hotel and rental company pet policies.

Organizing the Move

Be sure to research doctors and health care providers in your new location. Don’t wait until you need their services.

Review your budget and have at least 3 to 6 months of basic living expenses set aside.

Other items to consider:

  • Prescriptions
  • Travel documents
  • Household goods inventory list
  • Photo albums and other sentimental items
  • Phones, tablets and chargers
  • Toiletries and a change of clothing
  • Entertainment  for children and pets

Get details from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Check each state government’s website for firearms laws.

Dispose of hazardous and non-transportable goods with appropriate city agencies.

Many states don’t allow the transportation of open bottles of alcohol. Find out the rules before your move.

Notify the following:

  • Doctors, medical facilities, health care providers (prescriptions)
  • Schools
  • Veterinarian
  • Place of worship
  • Clubs
  • Magazines
  • Post office
  • Newspapers
  • Trash
  • Lawn service
  • Housekeeping

Don’t forget to cancel services:

  • Gas, electric and water
  • Phone
  • Cable, satellite and Internet
  • Home security

You could save money if you check with your cable, satellite and internet provider about transferring the service to your new location instead of canceling it.

Walk-through with the Movers:

You’ll want to be there to do the walk-through and make sure they’re annotating the correct items. Be sure to point out items that they’ll not take with them. Make sure you keep the items you’re taking with you separate from what the movers will pack.

Tools you may need:

  • Tape measure for doorways, ceiling heights and furniture
  • A pole, such as an umbrella or broomstick, to test smoke detectors
  • Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers to tighten handles, assemble furniture
  • Hex wrenches
  • Pliers

If you’re donating items, get receipts for your federal income tax returns.  Check with the charity for acceptable items.

Check to make sure you have enough of your prescription to last until you get situated and can get a refill in your new 


Arrange for transfer of school records to new schools.

Check immunization requirements, as the new school district may be different than the current one.

Learn enrollment procedures and get school schedules.

Create a folder for each child to help with organization of school documents.

Protecting Valuables

Take pictures or video of items being moved and upload to the cloud.

Document big-ticket item specifics to help determine worth (serial numbers, receipts, artwork/print numbers, etc.)

Consider valuable items moving with you instead of with the movers such as baby pictures, documents in a safe, wills, power of attorney and family heirlooms which cannot be replaced by insurance.

Plan what gets packed last and unpacked first(coffee maker kitchen and toiletries, as well as cleaning supplies and a small toolkit).

Check the contents of your safety deposit box. Don’t ship any valuables, such as jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, appraisals, currency, or stamp and coin collections with the moving company. Carry them with you or send them by either insured or certified registered mail.

Insurance can help protect your jewelry, cameras, musical instruments, coin collections, art pieces and furs.

Include small valuables and identification documents, such as birth certificates and passports. Make sure you understand the modes of travel and distances without services. 

Confirm your property will be covered in transit. Your auto policy may not cover items moved in your vehicle.

 Revisit your will and make any necessary changes. If you’re a beneficiary of a trust, be sure to notify your trustees of your move.

Tell your bank and other financial institutions about your move to prevent any services from being interrupted, especially if you’re moving internationally.

Moving Day

Record the driver’s name and phone number, and make sure they know how to contact you if needed.

Make sure the movers have the correct delivery address and are aware of any issues in getting to your new home.

Confirm the date and estimated time of arrival.

Record any damage caused during the loading process.

Stay until the last item is on the truck.

If you’re using a moving company, make sure each item being moved is labeled correctly to make any insurance issues are speedy. Buy snacks and drinks for your movers and it will help with any issues that may come up while packing and loading.

Oversee the loading of your goods and make sure your final walk-through happens before the truck leaves.

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