Leaving the house checklist

Moving tips: Don’t forget …

Well, you have made it! Your home is sold and it is time to move on. Here are some things to think about as you work through your move.

▢ Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually 2-4 weeks ahead of the move.

▢ Notify your 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 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 handy box with the things you will need most. For example: paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.

▢ Keep a file box with your prescriptions, medical, school records and important family documents separate from the items taken by the movers.

What 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.  For example, your gardener and your dry cleaner.

▢ Garage door openers and any extra sets of keys.

▢ Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued.