You’ve sold your home and have found the perfect place to move into. The next part, the actual move, can be a hassle. Between packing up, cleaning out, organizing and arranging, how could you manage to remember everything that you need to do?
Well, we are here to help with that! We’ve navigated the waters of the big move with our clients many times over the years and have used that experience to come up with the following ‘Moving Checklist’. Of course, you’ll want to tailor this to suit your needs, but it’s a great place to start.
–Cancel or transfer deliveries, newspaper, garbage collection, etc. Avoid lapses in service and extra re-start expenses by coordinating the transfer of gas, electric, (water & sewer when not handled by the title company) with the next occupant of your old home, as well as with the previous owner of your new home. Nothing would be worse than opening the door to your new home on a gorgeous summer day and discovering you cannot turn on your air conditioning because you forgot to transfer the electricity!
-Check on/collect all personal items from outside of the home. If you’re staying close by, this may not be as much of an issue, but if you’re moving out of town, you certainly want to make sure to check on your bank safety deposit box, pick up your dry cleaning, grab serving ware from your neighbor’s from that potluck they hosted, and snag any tools, shoes, etc. from local repair shops.
-Make arrangements for transporting your plants and pets. It may not have been a huge task to hold the goldfish on the way home from the local fair, but maneuvering the move with a fish bowl in hand may be a little more daunting.
-Transfer insurance policies or arrange for new policies. This can range from updating the location where your car will be “garaged” to making sure that your new home has all of the appropriate insurance depending on the location.
-Gather all of the valuables from your home. That fabulous hiding spot you found for your grandmother’s vintage jewels may have been a great idea at the time, but don’t forget to grab those hidden gems while you’re packing. Birth certificates, deeds, and other important documents should be stored somewhere safe so they don’t risk being ripped or having something spilled on them.
-Have your car serviced. This is a big one if you’re moving to a new town. While you’re still in a familiar area, have your car serviced one last time by someone you know and trust so that you have time to find a new spot at your new home! Having a recently serviced car also adds to the comfort of driving a long distance, if necessary.
–Pack an arrival kit. Seriously! When you unlock the door to your new home, you’re going to wish you’d packed the essentials, especially if the movers arrive after you do! Toilet paper, paper towels, water bottles, snacks, hand soap, wipes, phone charges, etc. will be nice to have on hand, just in case!
-Make service arrangements for television/phone/internet at your new home. While these are not necessarily the most important things to have the second you cross your new threshold, you’re going to want to be sure that the ones you use most are there when you need them. Also, make sure you claim any refunds from your present utility and phone companies.
-Purchase moving insurance. Trust us on this one. Your mover’s liability for lost or damaged goods will not equal their replacement cost. While we all hope the move is a smooth one, you should be prepared in case of any curveballs.
-Appraise your valuable items. Antiques, art pieces, jewelry, etc. have a value that you’ll need to know! If you’re already in the Charlottesville area, give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you find the best person for this task!
–Check with your attorney about your will if crossing state lines. You will want to be sure that you’ve dotted all of your ‘i’s and crossed all of your ’t’s.
–Ask for professional referrals if available. Doctors, accountants, orthodontists, salons, etc. You’ll want to make sure you talk with the locals if you’re making a move to a new city or state to be sure that you’ve got information on the best of the best!
–Update your new home address. Arrange to have your mail forwarded with the post office. You can do that at this link. Be sure that you share your new address with banks, employers, subscriptions, and any organizations with which you are involved.
-Save your old address labels to speed up your change of address forms. Don’t write the same thing over and over again. Get the necessary forms and stick an old return of address label on the “previous address” section so that you can move on to sharing your exciting new address!
Again, while this list is fairly comprehensive, there will be items you may want to add. We recommend taking a moment to review the list and brainstorm any additions in advance of starting the moving process.