Below are some moving tips to help people who are selling their home. Hope this helps you as you get ready to relocate to a new home! If you need a Realtor to help you, call us at 281.288.3500 – RREA.

1. Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually 2-4 weeks ahead of the move.
2. Notify your charge cards, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address.
3. Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the
4. Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
5. Cancel the newspaper.
6. Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually movers only cover what they pack.
7. Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable.
8. Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
9. Check with your condo or co-op about restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits.
10. Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most—toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.

Plus, if you’re moving out of town:
1. Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
2. Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
3. Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood.
4. Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
5. Let a friend or relative know your route.
6. Carry traveler’s checks or an ATM card for ready cash until you can open a bank account.
7. Empty your safety deposit box.
8. Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold weather.

To help calculate your moving costs, visit

Six Items to Have on Hand for the New Owners:
1. Owner’s manuals for items left in the house
2. Warranties for any items left in the house
3. A list of local service providers—the best dry cleaner, yard service, etc.
4. Garage door opener
5. Extra sets of house keys
6. Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued.

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  • Matt Register, Realtor/Owner

    Thanks Clara!

  • Clara

    I have a small moving company in MInnesota know a few things about moving! I am happy for helping! 😉

  • Thanks, Clara! Very informative. Who knew about Friday! Thanks for reading.

  • Clara

    This is a great blog post that can really help people who are planning a big move. I have one other advice to the audience – Don’t move on a Friday! This is the worst day of the week to move house. Some moving companies charge extra to move on this day, but if you experience problems or delays such as transaction of monies, you will have to wait until Monday to sort the problems out and in the meantime incur all sorts of charges.

    Hope this was helpful to all!

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