Preparing for Your Move
We’re here to help you have a stress-free, seamless home buying or selling experience. By preparing for your move, you can get off to a great start.
Here’s a few suggestions for keeping your move worry free:
- Create a timeline for your move. Write down your closing date and work back from there to ensure nothing gets overlooked.
- Create a budget for moving expenses and plan for the unexpected. Be sure to allow some wiggle room in your moving budget to account for any last minute or unexpected moving costs.
- Make a folder to store moving related receipts and notes in. This can be a physical folder, or you may want to create a virtual one, to be sure you can track your move.
- Consider saving important documents in secure, online storage. There are several ways to store your protected information in the Cloud.
- Having the most important documents stored online assures that you have access to them wherever you are.
- Gather all of your ID, Financial and legal documents into one place, for easy access during your move. Like your Move Folder, you will need to refer to these documents often during the home buying and selling process.
- Back up your computers and electronic files. This is the best way to ensure that your files are secure during your move. You can back up your files to an external hard drive or the cloud, for quick restoration, if needed.
- Determine Moving logistics- hire licensed, well recommended movers or make a plan to DIY your move and gather supplies.
- Begin packing right away. Start packing everything that you don’t need to use right away and completely pack 1 room before you move to the next. Pack with the move in mind, and label your boxes with the room they will be going to in your new home.
- While you are packing, create an inventory of your belongings as you pack to ensure that you know where everything is.
- Take photos of your important items and all of your electronics, to ensure they arrive in good condition. Also, if you take photos of your electronics, as they are currently set-up, it may help in setting them back up, once you’ve moved.
- Downsize. Think of what to pack based on what you want to keep in your next location then make a plan for selling or donating items you’ll no longer need.
- Make sure that you return any borrowed items to the library or to friends you’ve borrowed from.
- Make moving day arrangements for your pets and kids to be cared for while you’re moving, if needed. This will reduce anxiety over the moving process.
- Forward your mail and complete a change of address with the post office, your employer, banks, credit card providers, utilities, medical providers, schools and government offices.
- Update your address on your driver’s license, vehicle registration, home and auto insurance.
- Cancel or update memberships and subscriptions.
- Fill your prescriptions, then transfer them to your new location.
- Pack an essentials box with everything you’ll need your first 24 hours in your new home. This box should be the last one loaded and the first one to be unloaded. Be sure to include items needed for the first night, to make settling in a breeze.
Once You're in Your New Home
- Locate the circuit breakers, main drain, water shut-off and gas shut-off in your new home. Make a note of where they are so that you can access them quickly, in case of an emergency, or for repairs.
- Set-up new utility services to start the day before you move and be sure to schedule the shut-off of your old utilities for the day after you move. This overlap in utilities will make sure you don’t have outages during the moving process.
- Change the locks in your new home and consider whether you need to install or reprogram a security system. Installing new locks will guarantee that you are the only one with access to your property, once you’ve moved in.
- Register to vote. Moving is a good time to make sure your voter registration is current to avoid election day delays.
Preparing for your move can begin as soon as you start the home buying or selling process. The time that you take to prepare can help make your actual moving experience worry-free. For More information, check out these additional moving tips from Good Housekeeping.