Sharon Morse’s "Official Moving Checklist”

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30-60 Days Prior to Moving Day

  • If you use a mover, get 2 - 3 estimates from moving companies you can trust
  • If you move yourself, get estimates from a truck rental company
  • 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 (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas). Prepare to have a moving sale for your less valuable items, and contact an antiques auctioneer for the more valuable ones
  • Prepare current house for sale – if not already sold. Call Sharon for help in selling your home.
  • Arrange to transfer school records, and enroll children in their new school
  • Choose a mover from the quotes and reserve your moving & delivery dates – end of the month dates fill up quickly.
  • Get your new home ready - Contact painters,carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive.

30-45 Days prior to Moving Day

  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community
  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised and packed  
  • Clean all closets and drawers
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved

30 Days Prior to Moving Day

  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund. 
  • Sharon Morse and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach Realtors provide a wonderful service, free of charge, to help you transfer utilities, notify the post office as well as assisting you with many other transfer services related to your move. Log in to your computer and access the link through my website at, clicking on “Community”, then click on “Utility Connections” or if you prefer – call 1-800-599-4679.
  • Arrange for completion of any repairs required by township inspection, home inspection, termite inspection, etc.
  • Arrange to have the locks changed on your new home, and find all your house keys to give to the buyers of your old home at settlement
  • If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck for your selected moving day
  • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary
  • Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit
  • Make any travel plans necessary for your move. Collect your important records.  Gather personal and family records, including medical, dental veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents

21 Days Prior to Moving Day

  • Hold your moving sale
  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids and paint
  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of­-address cards – Once again – go to my website at and click on “My Community” and then click on “Utility Connections” and then click on the icon marked “Change of address form”.
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state)
  • Make child-care and pet-care arrangements for moving day – moving day is hectic. 

14 Days Prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange for donation or disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale – ask me – I know of many charities that welcome donations of used clothing, towels, cars, books, etc.
  • Service your car in preparation for the move. If you're moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze
  • Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items
  • Cancel newspaper delivery, and arrange for transfer of magazine delivery
  • Notify any creditors of your move
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home
  • Change your address. One week before you move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you
  • Pack a travel kit: Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items
  • Order new checks. Have them ready with your new address by moving day

7 Days Prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange for pre-settlement inspection of your new home
  • Transfer your bank accounts
  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box
  • Settle any bills with local businesses
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas.  Drain water hoses
  • Find new homes for plants that will not be moved
  • Confirm any travel reservations
  • Defrost refrigerator & freezer, propping doors open
  • Let movers pack your belongings (unless it's a do-it-yourself move)
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move
  • Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "load last."
  • Obtain certified check or traveler's checks for the trip and to pay the movers
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck
  • If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture


Moving Day

  • If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions
  • Note all utility meter readings
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place
  • Make certain your pets are in a secure area during the move as movers may accidentally allow the pets outside during the move – better safe than sorry!

Delivery Day

  • Again, be on hand at your new house to answer any questions
  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items
  • On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking
  • Be prepared to pay your mover with certified check, or traveler's checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance
  • With this last box checked, you'll be ready to enjoy the fruits of your organization and your new home