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LESS STRESS Moving Checklist

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Handy checklist to help you stay organized!


  • Create a “Move File” to keep track of all of your estimates, receipts and other important information
  • Get a PODS quote if you need storage: 800-776-7637
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new city to request a New Resident Packet
  • Begin researching your new hometown online. The internet is a great resource for local online newspapers and community guides
  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (attic, basement, garage)
  • Prepare to have a moving sale
  • Check with the IRS for possible tax deductions related to moving and storage expenses


  • Subscribe to a paper or digital edition in your new hometown to get better acquainted with your new community
  • Find out if your bank has a branch in your new hometown
  • Ask your veterinarian, pharmacy, doctors, dentists, other health care providers for referrals and obtain your medical records
  • Have your antiques, art, musical instruments, etc appraised for insurance purposes
  • Begin using frozen foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved
  • Make a list of relatives, friends, and businesses that need to be notified of your move


  • Check with your insurance company to confirm if you possessions will be covered during transit
  • Schedule connection of utility services at your new home (electricity, water, sewage, cable, internet, telephone, trash removal)
  • Schedule the disconnection of current utility services. Don’t forget to disconnect the day after you move and connect the day before you arrive at your new home. Request refunds if you have any “final month” deposits for services
  • File a change of address with the US Postal Service (you can do this online or by picking up a form at any post office)
  • Purchase door locks for your new home (or arrange to have them installed)
  • Order packing supplies (boxes, tape) if you plan on packing yourself
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, carpeting, drapes, etc if needed
  • Make any necessary travel plans for your move
  • Gather personal and family records (i.e. medical, dental, veterinary, school, legal, financial, birth certificates, passports, insurance, etc)


  • Hold your moving sale
  • Dispose of items that cannot be moved, donated or thrown out


  • Service your car in preparation of the move
  • Return and / or retrieve any borrowed items (neighbors, library)
  • Prepare auto registrations if you are moving to another state
  • Transfer all prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply on hand
  • Assemble a file folder of any information you want to leave for the new owner of your home
  • Order new checks with your new address, bank institution


  • Send / email your change of address to everyone that will need to have the current information
  • Assemble a backpack with your credit cards, checkbook, phone records, identification, flashlight, keys, mobile phone charger, small camera, toiletries, paper plates and cups, towels, travel alarm clock, bottled water, first aid kit and games for the kids
  • Pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items
  • Pack a portable tv/stereo as you may not get around to connecting the big ones for a few days
  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day


  • Confirm moving services’ day/time
  • Transfer your bank account, if necessary
  • Have an adequate amount of cash on hand for any travel expenses you cannot pay for with a card
  • Empty and close your safe deposit box
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas
  • Confirm any travel reservations
  • Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator/freezer. Tip: use the empty space to store household items
  • Make arrangements for disposing of any remaining trash
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances
  • Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks if you are traveling by car
  • Pack a box of items that you will need right away at your new home. Label this box “LOAD LAST”
  • Check every room, cabinet, closet, attic, garage, basement one final time
  • Prepare any pets for travel. Make sure food, water, medication, leashes are packed in the car


  • Take note of your utility readings
  • Leave a note with your contact information in the house so new residents can forward any items you may have left behind
  • Keep a friend or family member informed of your schedule / contact information in case of emergency
  • Ensure your new utilities were connected
  • When possessions are delivered to your new home, don’t postpone a careful look and note any damage

Tips courtesy of PODS Moving and Storage

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Lori Newsom

Lori Newsom is an expert in residential real estate in Cincinnati Ohio. She has successfully guided over 650 families through the process of buying or selling a home and she has been acquiring distressed properties for over 29 years and has managed the renovation of over 70

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