It’s easy to forget the need to plan your move once your home sells. Get ahead and get organized well in advance of your move-out date, and you’ll have a smoother transition. Listed below is our in-depth Moving Checklist, a great tool for you to use. Ready. Get Set. Pack and Move. Although the plan I excellent each person is different and many of the steps can be taken care of for you if you reach out to Jared. In most cases Jared will help with the move. 


8 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Start collecting estimates from moving companies-obtain at least 3 and ask for testimonials/references
  • Budget for moving expenses
  • Create a “move file” to keep track of quotes, receipts and other important information
  • Start researching your new community


7 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Start compiling medical, dental, shot and prescription records
  • Ask doctors for referrals in your new city
  • Arrange to have school records and veterinarian records transferred
  • Gather copies of legal and financial records
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes you need to make to your new policy
  • Contact health clubs, organizations, and groups to cancel or transfer memberships


6 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Plan how you will move valuables and difficult-to-replace items (ship by certified mail, or carry them with you)
  • Separate items into those you will keep, donate or discard
  • Plan a garage sale for a month prior to your move date
  • Start using items that can’t be moved such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosols


5 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Order boxes and moving supplies
  • Begin packing items you don’t use often. Use household items such as pillows and blankets to cushion more fragile items, which saves packing materials and lessens the number of boxes needed
  • Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it is destined for. If reusing any boxes from a previous move, be sure mark out what was listed before
  • Pinpoint move date


4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • File a change-of-address with the postal service/hold your mail at the post office in your new city
  • Reserve your move with the moving company
  • Notify: Electric, Gas, Water, Telephone, Cell Phone, Cable, Sewer, Trash, Pet and Travel services used of the change-in-address/account
  • Host a garage sale


3 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Plan how to transport your plants
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons
  • Read the Do Not Ship List for comprehensive list
  • Have your automobile serviced


2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Notify Services: Accountant, Attorney, Doctor, Dentist, Financial Planner, Health Insurance Provider and agents, Schools, Banks, Pharmacy, Monthly Memberships
  • Notify Government offices: Social Security, State/Federal Tax Bureau, State Vehicle Registration
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family
  • Confirm parking for your moving trailer or moving container. Obtain permit if needed
  • Plan meals for the last weeks to use spare food; keep non-perishable food in an accessible bin for easier cleaning of your pantry
  • Assemble a folder of important info about your house for the next homeowner


1 Week Before Your Move

  • Review your moving plans with movers
  • Contact your bank and credit card company if you are responsible for paying for your move; this will help avoid suspected fraud alerts
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number with a free Moving Notice
  • Pack an essentials box to keep with you during the move-One per member of the household plus one box for family essentials such as set of dishes and toiletries everyone uses
  • Drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, heaters, etc.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbeds
  • Measure furniture and doorways to determine if larger pieces will fit through the door, and be sure to let your movers know if some won’t fit so they can plan for a different solution
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move
  • Fill any prescriptions you will need during the move


Moving Day Checklist

  • Be familiar with packing and loading tips and personally supervise hired labor
  • Place carpet, floor and door frame protectors throughout home
  • Load goods in a pre-designated order; the last items you want out should be loaded first
  • Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind
  • Call the local service center to have your loaded moving trailer or ReloCube picked up
  • Leave a note with your new address so that future residents can forward stray mail


Moving-in Checklist

  • Clean your new home, make sure everything is in working condition and make any repairs before your moving trailer or ReloCube arrive.
  • Pick up any mail being held at the local post office
  • Unload items and begin organizing your new home
  • Keep all recipes and documents in your move file and store it in an easy-to-remember location
  • Get a new driver’s license and automobile tags, register to vote, etc.
  • Contact the local paper for a news subscription

When you’re ready to sell or buy a home in the Washington DC Market, you want a Realtor® you can trust, whose experience will help you buy or sell property with confidence. Jared Associates stands ready to help you achieve your home dreams. Give me a call, Jared Russell, at 301-351-7711 (mobile), or 240-383-1350 (office) or email me at You can also visit me at my website for additional information.