Moving Checklist for Sellers

  • Provide the post office with your forwarding address two to four weeks
    ahead of the move.
  • Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of
    your change of address.
  • Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to
    be notified about your move.
  • Arrange to disconnect utilities and have them connected at your new
  • Cancel the newspaper, or change the address so it will arrive at your
    new home.
  • Check insurance coverage for the items you’re moving. 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 any restrictions on using the
    elevator or particular exits for moving.   
  • Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most, such as 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, be sure to:

  • 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
  • Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
  • Let a friend or relative know your route.
  • Empty your safety deposit box.
  • Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold

Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.