Survey says … It’s time to move.
If you are heading to greener pastures, create a moving checklist of
must-do items to ensure your move-out and move-in go smoothly. And
given the moving checklist is a long one, it’s easy to forget or
overlook some key elements – so we’re sharing a few here.
Moving Out Checklist
You can’t move in someplace new without first moving out of your old
place! Make both endeavors easier by remembering to follow a few
rules, such as:
De-clutter. Anyone who is moving, especially if it’s been a
while, is often shocked to discover how much “stuff” they have. And
by stuff, we mean … junk. Take a good hard look at everything in
your garage, drawers and closets, and gather together those items
you no longer want or need. Many charities – such as
Salvation Army -- would love to
take unwanted toys, clothes or furniture off of your hands.
Check your nooks and crannies. You may only go to the attic
once a year, to fetch your holiday ornaments. So, it can be easy to
forget you’ve stored some supplies and family heirlooms in that
out-of-the-way place; and you probably don’t want to leave them
Examine your outlets, too. Among the most forgotten items are
smartphone or laptop chargers, which may have been permanently
plugged into your office or bedroom outlets. Take a final look
around -- once everything else is packed -- to make sure you didn’t
forget these necessities.
Read the fine print. When you moved in, your landlord likely
had you complete a “condition of rental property” form. Review it
before you move out, and point out to the landlord any areas that
you both had noted were already damaged; you won’t be responsible if
they were never repaired during your occupancy. If there are some
minor bumps or smudges, do your best to repair them; a good faith
cleaning/repair effort may save you money in the end.
Clean thoroughly. Related to the previous tip, cleaning the
apartment before you move out isn’t just the right thing to do … it
could ensure you get more of your security deposit back, too. Give
the old place a top-to-bottom dusting and vacuuming. And give your
toilets, bathtub, sinks, refrigerator, and oven a thorough
scrubbing. Nobody wants to deal with your residue.
Moving to Another State
You’ll need to create a separate “moving-to-another-state checklist”
if you’re going across state lines. For this move, add some additional
items that may not be relevant for a trek across town. For instance …
If you have school-age kids, let their old school know of
your plans, and give them the heads-up that their new school will
need to get the students’ records as soon as possible. Medical
records and proof of immunization are critical, too, to ensure your
child is officially enrolled at the new school without any hitches.
Review all of your memberships, to clubs or gyms. Cancel if
the business isn’t in your new town; if it is, you should be able to
transfer the membership to a close-by facility. For those you’re
canceling, make sure you give plenty of notice, or run the risk of
paying an early cancellation fee.
Look into shipping your car or having someone drive it for
you – such as
Montway. This is an especially important task to arrange if your journey
is several thousand miles away, and/or if you’re driving a rental
van. If the latter, you may be able to tow it; your rental company
will have all the details. Popular options include
Coordinate cleaning supplies. With a full moving van ready to
unload, you don’t want to waste time shopping for mops, brooms,
multi-surface cleaners, paper towels and other cleaning supplies.
to order your favorite Scott brand products online, for delivery to
your new home; or, if you’d prefer in-store pickup, choose from top
retailers through Scott’s website. With all your supplies in hand,
ready for when you need them, you’ll be sure to finish cleaning
faster, so you can have more time to set up your new place.
Create a separate “new-homeowner checklist” that will include all
those things you didn’t need to worry about as a renter, such as:
Make meaningful measurements. Measure the size of each room
in your new residence and check the length/height/width of the large
pieces of furniture you’re bringing with you to make sure there’s a
match. There’s nothing worse than lugging a heavy armoire or sofa up
a few flights of stairs, only to learn it’s too large for the space
you had planned for it. Once you’ve made your measurements, sketch
out a room-by-room map of where everything will go, and adjust
accordingly if a room appears to be too crowded. Here are some
online services that can help:
Design Crew from Pottery Barn.
HOA. Is there is a homeowners’ association (HOA) in your
neighborhood? If so, you’ll likely need to pay a mandatory annual
fee and – more importantly – you’ll need to abide by its bylaws,
which often included getting approvals before doing home repairs or
choosing exterior paint colors.
Utilities. Make sure you identify the location of all access
points for utilities (water, gas, electricity, cable TV, etc.) on
the property. They’re your responsibility now, not a landlord’s.
Extra insurance. Do you need additional coverage based on the
property’s location, such as flood insurance? That is often a
requirement from your mortgage lender, but do some research to see
if other coverage may be prudent to have (your new neighbors may
have some advice on this topic).
If you’ve been working with a real estate agent in purchasing your
home, they should be able to offer additional suggestions and
What’s on your checklist for moving? Share your top tips and use
#KeepLifeRolling to help others with what you’ve found works best.
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survey, fielded December 2021.