New Home or Remodeled Home – Moving Checklist

You’ve bought that new home.  If you bought a re-sale perhaps you had the kitchen or bath remodeled.  With those projects out of the way, its now time to get moved.

After you have completed your research and have decided on a moving company, it’s time to make a checklist of everything that needs to be done before moving. 

□       Get rid of items you don’t use. Why pay to have them moved?

□       Organize items for a garage sale, charity or trash pick up.

□       Decide on items you will move yourself and items that will be transported by moving van.

□       Notify the van line if you have added or subtracted items from the original quote.

□       Finalize transportation plans for you cars. Make a reservation for car carrier.

□       Take pets to the veterinarian to ensure proper updates on inoculations or other health certificates.

□       Contact physicians, dentists and pharmacy for records to be transferred.

□       Notify schools, post office, insurance companies, utility companies, internet provider, newspaper delivery service, phone and cable companies, bank and financial institutions, travel/auto club and church.

□       Give away plants if you can’t transport them by car. Moving companies won’t take them.

□       Disassemble and disconnect your computer system and back up all files onto a disk. You may want to take the files with you in the car as exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.

□       Make final packing decisions. Mark with stickers, items you will take in the car, and mark boxes to be shipped with “Fragile”, “Do Not Load”.

□       Drain the lawn mower, snow blower and power tools of oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.

□       Dispose of any household cleaning or other hazardous items that are not allowed to be shipped.

□       Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.

□       Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer, and clean stove and oven at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Use baking soda to get rid of any odors.

□       Pack items to take in car. Plan on taking all important items such as a will, stock certificates, jewelry and coin collection.

□       Be on hand when the moving van driver arrives and throughout the loading process.

□       Accompany the driver during the inventory. Check on the condition of your items as they are loaded.

□       Make a final tour of your home to see that nothing is overlooked.

□       Sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.

Lock the doors and windows, get into the car and relax, knowing that you have completed your checklist and have not forgotten anything.

For information on remodeling, call Pat Hansen at 248-895-1115.  For information on new home building, stop by our model at 6363 Deer Cross Dr, Clarkston MI 48348 or visit our web site at


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