1 Take down your perfect curtains, rods and rings (if you are taking these with you).
2 Pack sheets and pillows in a dresser drawer, for easy access on your first night in the new house.
3 Pack a special box with essentials such as toiletries, pajamas, a change of clothing, food and serving utensils, and anything else you might need on the first night. Be sure important documents, including real estate documents and moving company documents, are readily accessible and safe.
1 Compare the movers’ inventory with yours to ensure nothing has been left out. Plan to be there while the movers are loading, to make sure they take everything and that there are no problems. Ensure the movers have your cell phone number, or a number where you may be reached if there are any problems.
2 Once the old house is empty, do any final cleaning and sweeping up. Walk through all rooms, ensuring that nothing has been left behind, and that windows are locked and lights turned off. (Check outside as well.)
3 Turn the thermostat down to 15 degrees and turn off water heater.
4 At the new house, check to make sure nothing is broken or missing; if so, notify the moving company immediately.
5 Check to make sure appliances, furnace, hot water heater, and air conditioning unit in the new house, and anything else specified in the buyer’s agreement, is in good order; notify your real estate agent if anything is amiss.