Transfer or cancel all relevant accounts, records and/or services, including:
- Utilities, including electric, gas, water, sewer and trash
- Cable, telephone (landline and cell phones), newspaper, and lawn services
- Car registration and driver's license
- Postal service
- Update your contacts with your new address
- Bank accounts and safe deposit box
- Insurance policies, including property, auto and medical
- Alarm/security company
- Voter registration
- Physician, dentist and other medical providers (make sure to have at least two weeks of prescription medicine on hand for the duration of your move)
- Veterinarian, if applicable
- Health clubs
- Your children's schools and daycare centers
Separate everything you will and will not be taking with you.
- Make a list. If you are hiring a moving company, catalog your valuables (take pictures if possible).
- Consider renting a movable storage unit. They can be loaded and stored off location during the sale of your home.
- Now is the time to purge. Decide how you will be getting rid of unwanted items.
Collect boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags and markers - or let your movers do it.
- Disassemble furniture and pack all of your fragile household items.
- Schedule movers as needed.
- If you are hiring a moving company, keep a completed bill of lading until your possessions are delivered to your new home.
- Recycle flammable materials or containers that may leak, acids, cleaning fluids, matches, paint, etc.
Take care of all last-minute details
- Have your car serviced if you are traveling a long distance.
- Arrange hotel or other accommodations.
- Make plans for pet care and/or lodging, if applicable.
- Check all closets, cabinets and rooms one last time to make sure you haven't left anything behind.
- Make sure all systems and lights have been turned off in your home before you lock up.
Be sure you're prepared for settlement.
- Plan to maintain homeowner's insurance for 2-3 days after settlement.
- Leave appliance manuals, warranty information and spare keys in the house, or bring to settlement.
- Make sure the house is "broom clean" and all trash and debris - including any in garage and attic – are removed prior to buyer's final walkthrough.
- Bring driver's license or other form of photo ID to settlement.
- If you are in a condo or co-op, be sure to schedule your move well in advance. Check your condo/co-op docs for moving rules and restrictions.