Moving Tips for Sellers

  • Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually 2-4 weeks ahead of the move.
  • Notify our charge cards, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address.
  • Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move.
  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  • Cancel the newspaper.
  • Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually movers only cover what they pack.
  • Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable.
  • Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
  • Check with your condo or co-op about restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits.
  • Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most—toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.
  • Plus, if you’re moving out of town:
    • Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
    • Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
    • Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood.
    • Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
    • Let a friend or relative know your route.
    • Carry traveler’s checks or an ATM card for ready cash until you can open a bank account.
    • Empty your safety deposit box.
    • Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold weather.

Items to Have on Hand for the New Owners

  • Owner’s manuals for items left in the house Warranties for any items left in the house A list of local service providers—the best dry cleaner, yard service, etc.
  • Garage door opener
  • Extra sets of house keys
  • Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued.


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