Ten Moving Tips For Buyers

You bought or sold the house, closing is weeks away, you’ve provided your mortgage lender with all the pertinent information and inspections are complete.  NOW you have to focus on getting ready to move.   If you’re moving across town and have strong friends to help and drive the u-haul, great!  If you are moving across the country, you may be adventurous enough to rent a u-haul and drive it yourself, or there are moving companies that will bring the truck to your door, you load it and a professional driver delivers it to your new home for you to unload.   However, if you are moving long distance and have a lot of possessions, you probably will hire professional movers.  Of the 1100 businesses the Better Business Bureau watches, movers are ranked 14th in the number of complaints, so do your research. 


  1. Create a moving checklist (you can find one on-line) to plan a timeline of events in advance.  Items that you plan to sell should be placed on various websites like Craigslist at least six weeks prior to moving.   Donate or give to friends and neighbors other items you don’t plan to sell but won’t be needed in your new home. 
  2. Protect critical photos and files using a portable drive that you carry with you or upload to a free cloud server such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  Hand carry valuables and important documents in the car or carry-on bag.
  3. Take photos of your television, sound system, modem and computer cords and connections so it will be easier to set up in your new home.
  4. Color code packed boxes with tape or marker to identify which box goes to which room and what’s inside.  Anything you may need right after move in should be in red.  Be sure to supervise that those are the last boxes packed and so they’ll be first off the truck.  Mark contents on the side of the boxes so if they’re stacked, you can still read them.
  5. Pack a first day cleaning box.  If you are not able to get into the home prior to moving in, you’ll want to clean before you empty boxes.
  6. Create a first night box of essentials.  It’s almost a sure thing you’ll be ordering pizza or take out that night.  Include paper plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, wine opener as well as medications, change of clothing, towels, and soap.  Nothing like a shower and a glass of wine after a long day.   And don’t forget the bed linen and pillows.
  7. A quick way to pack a closet is take a plastic garbage bag and pull it up over a bundle of hanging garments then tie it at the top.  Or if you are moving across the country, the wardrobe boxes with the metal bar are a great for a quick pack and unpack.  Vacuum seal out of season clothes, they’ll be easier to move and store when you get there.
  8.  Before you hire the movers, be sure to read the contract and small print.  Research the company and on-line reviews as well as with the BBB.   Make sure they’re licensed, insured, and you know what their policy is if something breaks. 
  9. If you are renting, take photos of your cleaned out old home and the empty home you are moving into.  Notify the landlord in writing of anything that is not working properly.
  10. Notify the post office and utilities of your change of address at least two weeks prior to moving.

Written By: Kathy Zorn

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