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Home Sellers Moving Checklist for Sellers

Moving Checklist for Sellers

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You just sold your Portland home and it's time to move on - maybe you're moving to another section of Portland, or leaving the area entirely. Either way, you're going to need to organize the details of your move so the process will be smooth and as simple as possible. Below is a simple checklist outlining things that will need to be arranged before arriving at your new home. It will remind you of simple things - like letting all your friends, family and contacts know your new address - as well those details which can only be dealt with at the last minute. Following the list line-by-line will help you stay focused and organized while you start your new life.

1. Transfer or cancel all relevant accounts, records and/or
services, including:

  • Utilities, including electric, gas, water, sewer and trash
  • Cable, telephone (landline and cell phones), newspaper, and lawn services
  • Car registration and driver's license
  • Postal service
  • Update your contacts with your new address
  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box
  • Insurance policies, including property, auto and medical
  • Doctor, dentist and other medical providers (make sure to have at least two weeks of prescription medicine on hand for the duration of your move)
  • Veterinarian, if applicable
  • Health clubs
  • Your children's schools and daycare centers

2. Separate everything you will and will not be taking with you.

  • Make a list. If you are hiring a moving company, catalog your valuables (take pictures if possible).
  • Consider renting a movable storage unit like SAM or POD. Movable storage units can be loaded and stored off location during the sale of your Portland home. Once you are ready to relocate, the unit can meet you at your new location.
  • Now is the time to purge. Decide how you will be getting rid of unwanted items.
    • Sell it on Craigslist is one of the most visited websites by people looking for household items. Take a photo of your unwanted couch or bookshelves and post it to craigslist. As long as it your item is in decent condition, someone out there will want it.
    • Put on a yard sale and make sure to advertise it! Your local paper and are two places people go to look for yard sales.
    • Donate items. Goodwill and other non-profit organizations have easy drop-off locations throughout the city.
    • Obtain receipts of your donated items' estimated value for possible tax deductions.

3. Time to get packing! Collect boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags and markers.

  • Disassemble furniture and pack all of your household items.
  • Schedule movers as needed.
  • If you are hiring a moving company, keep a completed bill of lading until your possessions are delivered to your new home, the charges are paid and any claims are settled.
  • Recycle flammable materials or containers that may leak, including fireworks, acids, cleaning fluids, matches, aerosol cans, paint, etc.

4. Take care of all last-minute details.

  • Have your car serviced if you are traveling a long distance.
  • Arrange hotel or other accommodations.
  • Make plans for pet care and/or lodging, if applicable.
  • Check all closets, cabinets and rooms one last time to make sure you haven't left anything behind.
  • Make sure all systems and lights have been turned off in your home before you lock up.

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