4. Getting Ready to Move

Utilities should be turned off in your current home one day after your move-out date. It is helpful if utilities in your new home are turned on one day before your move-in date.

Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).

See if you have accumulated anything else in your “donate,” “pitch,” or “sell” piles. After more packing, you may have additional items to donate and should have one last pickup by your chosen charity, if needed.

Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.

Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.

Check in with your moving company one last time and confirm that everyone is on the same page. Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.

Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.

I will provide a much more detailed checklist upon the sale of your home.

Celebrate the memories you’ve made in your home and get ready to start a new chapter in your life!