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Preparing for Relocation: Important things to do before the big move.

  • Alfonso Núñez, REALTOR®, GRI, SFR, Real Estate Broker Lic. C-16672

    Be ruthless! Go through each room and decide what to get rid of

  • Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities
  • Find out whether your employer is paying for any moving expenses
  • Contact moving companies for estimates and information
  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved
  • Open a bank account in your new location and change currency if necessary
  • Cancel all newspapers and services at your previous location
  • Contact a real estate agent in your new location so they can begin searching for your new home or rental property
  • Cancel or transfer mobile and telephone numbers
  • Make sure your passport is valid
  • Collect everything you have loaned out and return everything you have borrowed
  • Start pulling together medical and dental records
  • Schedule disconnection of utilities at your old home and connection at your new one
  • Make hotel and airline reservations if you need them
  • Get children’s school records
  • Find a cleaning service that will do a final cleaning of your home
  • Transfer or close bank accounts at previous location
  • Remove all jewelry and other valuables to a safety deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during the move.
  • Check into storage options for those items you cannot move immediately and may need to store temporarily
  • Make back-up copies of important files on your computer before packing it up
  • Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal travel
  • Pack a special box with essentials you’ll need for the first few days (Make sure this box is marked ”Do not move”)
  • If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move
  • Pack cleaning materials and tools separately
  • Arrange for your mail to be forwarded
  • Make a final check of the entire house (basement, closets, shelves, every room)

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