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Excel Realty Moving Checklist

Excel Realty Moving Checklist
By Andrew Hong with Excel Realty

    Here at Excel Realty in Fremont, we have plenty of experience helping move people along between house to house.  We understand how stressful and exhausting this process can be, so we’ve created a short checklist that we hope can help make the moving process a little easier on you.  If you choose us as your agent we guarantee our 100% customer service from the first day to the last day of your transaction.  This includes the moving process.  Remember, if you ever need any help with anything just give any one of us a call or if you need moving resources such as a moving crew or truck rental we can also offer references to a reputable local professional.

1+ Months

-           Organizing, sorting, and purging.  Inventory or collect everything in your home that is to be removed, packed, sold, or thrown out.  Start to sort your possessions somehow.  For example, categories, size, shape, etc.  Begin to purge, consume, or sale your possessions that you won’t be needing anymore.  This part is the packrat’s worst nightmare. 

-          Prepare Packaging.   Begin collecting packaging supplies to get ready for the moving.  This means boxes, tape, staples, bubble wrap, etc.  Obtain packaging for unusually sized possessions such as TVs, appliances, instruments, etc.

-          Research professionals.  Not everybody can do all of the moving themselves.  You may require the help of some hired professionals to help get the job done.  Begin researching different companies and price comparing. 

Less than 1 Month

-          Measurements.  If you already have your next home mapped out, begin taking measurements.  The last thing you want to do is find out you can’t get your dresser through the front door. 

-          Pack.  Here comes the packing phase.  Begin by packing the items that you use most infrequently.  When you pack, keep tabs on the items that are the most fragile or hard to move.  These items may require additional insurance if moved by a professional.  Clearly label your boxes for later convenience.

-          Notice to important parties.  There are many different entities that you must notify before you can move.  You’ll want to notify and change address on records for banks, brokerage firms, employer’s human resources, credit cards, insurance, newspapers or magazines, utility companies, and any other third party that cause problems if they don’t know that you moved. 

-          Change of address.  You can change your local address through any nearby post office.  Fill out one of their change of address forms or you can do it online at usps.gov.  Just in case, ask a neighbor to check the mailbox for any of your mail that slips through. 

-          Forward medical records.  Arrange for your medical records to be forward to any new health-care providers that you may see in the future.  Don’t forget, this includes pets as well!

-          School records.  You must also make sure to transfer your children’s’ school records.  Arrange for their records to be forwarded to their new school district.

2 weeks before

-          Take the day off.  No, this doesn’t mean you get to have a mini-vacation.  Notify your employer that you will be taking the day off on moving day. 

-          Collect your safe-deposit box.  If you have any valuables saved in your bank and are moving to a new area, now is the time to withdraw them.  To be extra safe, make a trip to deposit those belongings in a bank that is closer to your next location. 

-          Contact your moving company.  If you contacted companies earlier, now is the time to reconnect with them and make sure that they understand your schedule. 

-          Service vehicles.  If you plan on moving a long distance or to a new climate, make sure you service your vehicles beforehand.  You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.  This also includes power mowers, boats, bikes, etc. 

-          Empty out pantry/fridge.  Better start consuming all of that perishable food that you may have lying around in your home. 

1 week before

-          Packing the luggage.  Time to begin packaging your suitcases.  Start packing the items that you use more commonly.  Leave enough clothes and supplies to last you until the big move.

-          Prepare pets and plants.  Moving companies will not be able to move anything alive.  So prepare a way to transport your plants and pets. 

-          Disassemble furniture.  Begin to disassemble large pieces of furniture that can be reassembled in the future.

-          Insure the next home.  Check to make sure that the next home you are moving into has been successfully insured in title.  You don’t want risk something happening while moving in and not being insured.

-          Pay your bills.  This is the time to go over your records and double check to make sure you’ve paid all of your bills.

1 – 2 days before moving

-          Check, check, and check again.  Now is the time to double check EVERYTHING.  Check moving date with your mover, check paperwork on your next sale/rental/move is completed, check your bank accounts, mailing address, records, etc.

-          Cleaning.  Now is the time to begin cleaning.  Everything should start to be looking bare.  Cleaning is the easiest when everything is already moved out. 

-          Defrost and clean refrigerator.    Begin to defrost your freezer.  Clean refrigerator and make sure no moisture is trapped inside.  Also, confirm with utilities that services will be disconnected on the proper date.

Moving day

-          Moving supplies.  Is the moving company on time?  Begin moving all of your list minute possessions including bedding, toiletries, foods, appliances, etc.  Movers will help you with these last minute items. 

-          Final clean.  Walk through your house and do a final cleanup.  Make sure no debris is lying around the home.  Often, the final move will uncover dirt or debris that you didn’t know was there.

-          Leave your contact.  Leave a note for the new homeowners with your contact information.  This way if they receive any of your mail they can forward it over to you.

-          Final check.  The final check is extremely important.  Grab everything that is yours and leave nothing behind.

-          Keys.  Time to leave your keys at your home or give them to you real estate agent or Title Company, and make sure there are arrangements to receive your new ones to your new home/rental.  Remember to lock up before you leave. 

 

I hope that this checklist will help some people during their move.  If you ever have any questions or need some further tips please feel free to comment or contact any one of us.  Good luck with everybody!

 You can visit my site for  the original article, relatable content, or other useful resources  at www.FremontExcelRealty.com.  

Comments

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