Moving? Take This List and Check It Twice!

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Cari Anderson Tri Valley Mortgage ExpertMoving your household is not for the faint-of-heart. In my adult life (since college), I've only moved four times and personally, that's four times too many for me! But in reality, moving does not have to be a nightmare if you do a little planning. Here's a handy check-list to help you get organized prior to the big day.

4 Weeks Out:

___ Set up a "Move" file/folder or perhaps even a binder with page protectors

___Set up a "Move" calendar. This could be in your file/folder/binder or on your computer, etc.

___If you have too much stuff to take with you, hold a garage sale and "cash in"

___Donate anything that didn't sell to charity

___Make sure you are pre-approved for your new home loan and keep track of all financial documentation that may be needed

___Contact your insurance company to transfer policies

___If you're moving out of the area contact doctors and dentists for copies of your records and schools for copies of student records 

3 Weeks Out:

___Review tax deductions on moving expenses with your tax preparer or CPA

___Arrange cut-off dates for utility companies and other home services (be sure to mark on your calendar!)

___Request change of address kit from the post office

___Check out voter registration info for your new area 

2 Weeks Out:

___Transfer stocks, bonds and bank accounts

___Prepare a list of clothing that will not be packed with household goods

___Catch up with any items listed above you haven't gotten around to yet! 

1 Week Out:

___Label items you will need to access easily and place them in a separate room/closet

___Clean out your refrigerator and let it air out at least 24 hours prior to moving

___Drain outdoor equipment: water hoses, propane tank from grill, oil from lawnmowers

___Discard all aerosols, paints, oils, and other flammable/toxic chemicals.  Call your local refuse company for info on where to take them - never throw these in the trash!

___Schedule with utility companies to turn on services in your new home. 

Moving Out Day:

___Relax! You've done a ton of planning and it's almost over!

___Remember, items loaded last will be unloaded first.                              

___Conduct a final walk-through of the house, including attic, stairwells, closets, cupboards, garage and storage areas. 

Moving In Day:

___Have the house ready for delivery prior to the truck's arrival

___Take a break and relax. You'll need to conserve energy for all the unpacking ahead!

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                         Cari Anderson Tri Valley Mortgage Expert

Cari CA Real Estate Broker License 01220718...NMLS License ID 234849

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Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow Evers & Company Real Estate 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
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Comprehensive list, Cari.  I hope to share with a few...  Thanks.

Mar 09, 2010 05:20 PM #1
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Connie King
CK Staging & Design, Sevierville, TN - Sevierville, TN

All great advice.    I have moved a few times but never had an "official" list.   Somehow,  it all worked out but I know my stress level would have been lower had I used more of your suggestions.

Mar 09, 2010 05:29 PM #2
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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

Very useful list.  Being prepared always makes life easier and reduces the inevitable surprises that are bound to appear. 

Mar 09, 2010 05:59 PM #3
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Michael J. Perry
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Well thought out list !!!!!!!!!!!! I might have to reblog it :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 09, 2010 06:00 PM #4
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Constantine Isslamow
Century 21 United Realty Inc. - Peterborough, ON
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Great list Cari. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Wishing you continued success.

Mar 09, 2010 06:08 PM #5
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Debbie Walsh
Keller Williams Realty - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000

Very well thought out!  Great list to share!

Mar 09, 2010 09:17 PM #6
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Cari Anderson
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Thank you everyone - I'm a huge list-maker. Moving can be such a complex process and I hope this will help. Please do re-blog/share. Have a fantastic day!

Mar 10, 2010 08:56 AM #7
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I love lists Cari, good job. Following a list often will help ease the stress level and make things flow much smoother.

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