Moving Tips for Sellers
- Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually two to four weeks
ahead of the move.
- Notify your credit card companies, 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
- 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
- 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
- Empty your safety deposit box.
- Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you're moving in cold
6 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
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online
by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.