Brett Stomps | Windermere

Moving Tips

Brett Stomps
Moving may be somewhat self-explanatory, but is it? Don't leave anything behind after you shut the door, I've made a list for you.
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This list of moving tips is not fully inclusive. There will of course be items not on this list that may apply to you. I encourage you to look online for more ideas, or talk with your Realtor to brainstorm additional to-do’s.

Six to Eight Weeks Before

  • Use up things that may be difficult to move, such as frozen food.
  • Get estimates from professional movers or from truck rental companies if you are moving yourself
  • Once you’ve selected a mover, discuss insurance, packing, loading, and delivery, and the claims procedure.
  • Sort through your possessions. Decide what you want to keep, what you want to sell and what you wish to donate to charity.
  • Record serial numbers on electronic equipment, take photos (or video) of all your belongings are create an inventory list.
  • Obtain a change of address packet from the post office and send to creditors, magazine subscription offices and catalog vendors.
  • Discuss tax-deductible moving expenses with your accountant and begin keeping accurate records.

Two to Four Weeks Before

  • If you’re moving to a new community, contact the Chamber of Commerce and school district and request information about services.
  • Make reservations with airlines, hotels and car rental agencies, if needed.
  • If you are moving yourself, use your inventory list to determine how many boxes you will need.
  • Begin packing nonessential items.
  • Arrange for storage, if needed.
  • If you have items you don’t want to pack and move, hold a yard sale.
  • Get car license, registration and insurance in order.
  • Transfer your bank accounts to new branch locations if needed. Cancel any direct deposit or automatic payments from accounts at your current bank or city utility bills.
  • Make special arrangements to move pets, and consult your veterinarian about ways to make travel comfortable for them (or google some ideas).
  • Have your car checked and serviced before the trip.
  • Collect items from safe-deposit box.

Two to Three Days Prior

  • Change your utilities, including, phone, power and water, from your old address to your new address.
  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Have movers pack your belongings.
  • Label each box with contents and the room where you want it to be delivered.
  • Arrange to have payment ready for moving company.
  • Set aside legal documents and valuables that you do not want packed.
  • Pack clothing and toiletries, along with extra clothes in case moving company is delayed.
  • Give your travel itinerary to a close friend or relative so they can reach you as needed.

Moving Day: Old Home

  • Pick up the truck as early as possible if you are moving yourself.
  • Make a list of every item and box loaded on the truck.
  • Let the mover know how to reach you.
  • Double-check closets, cupboards, attic, basement and garage for any left-behind items.

Moving Day: New Home

  • Be on hand at the new home to answer questions and give instructions to mover.
  • Check off boxes and items as they come off the truck.
  • Install new locks.
  • Confirm that the utilities have been turned on and are ready for use.
  • Unpack for “first day” box (see below for suggested contents)
  • Unpack children’s toys and find a safe place for them to play.
  • Examine your goods for damage.

Essential Packing Materials

  • Furniture pads
  • Handtruck or dolly
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspaper or packing paper
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Labels
  • Felt-tip markers
  • Cornstarch packing “peanuts”
  • Plenty of boxes

Handy Items Include

Pack a “first day” box with items you will need right away. Now that’s a moving tip!

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Coffee cups
  • Teakettle
  • Instant coffee or tea, soft drinks
  • Pencil and paper
  • Soap
  • Bath towels
  • Trash bags
  • Shelf liner
  • Paper plates
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Children’s toys and books

I hope this list of moving tips was helpful! Good luck.

About Brett Stomps
Brett is a Realtor in the Columbia River Gorge. He designed and built as a collaborative platform for real estate industry leaders to educate and empower buyers and sellers. In his free time, Brett enjoys photography, learning Spanish, and adventuring with his dog, Ollie.

The information provided on is intended to be educational and accurate. However, information on does not substitute as buyer and seller due diligence when transacting real estate. Buyers and sellers are advised to work directly with a licensed real estate professional, seek additional professional services when applicable, and to inquire at the state, county, and city offices for their due diligence.