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11864 Canon Blvd. Suite 103
Newport News, VA 23606

Managing the Move

Moving always involves moving out and moving in, which usually means you have to worry about preparations involving two properties, as well as the transition between them. There are several sites that can help you with the various aspects of moving. Here's a starter set:

From the, here's a list of considerations you might find useful.

For ordering utility services, this may help.

For remodeling, here's the Lowe's service site, which also includes special offers and rebates for you.  And if you're my client, I'll also arrange for a 10% discount at Sears for appliances and other major purchases.

Also, for an overview of all the things you might need to do, here's my own list.  Hope this helps!



   Preparing to leave the old home
Making the trip
 Settling in at the new home
  • Provide for the cleanup
    • Interior of house
    • Exterior of house
    • Grounds
  • Disconnect utilities
    • Gas
    • Cable
    • Electric
    • Water
    • Garbage
    • Telephone
    • Sewer
    • Satellite
  • Cancel home service such as newspapers
  • Give USPS change of address information
  • Transfer or obtain school, medical, dental, veterinary records
  • Transfer prescriptions
  • Pick up dry cleaning, things left for repairs, etc.
  • Cancel or transfer homeowners insurance, bank accounts,
  • Contact movers or helpers if you are moving yourself
    • Get packing supplies
    • Arrange for transportation of goods
    • Get in-transit insurance
  • Make travel plans
    • Arrange lodging
    • Arrange transportation
    • Provide for pets
    • Take clothes and supplies you will need
    • Take important documents
    • Coordinate schedule with movers
    • Get car serviced
    • Get cash, travelers checks


  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel
  • Provide entertainment for the children
  • Let a contact person know where you are
  • Drive safely and stop to take breaks
  • Check progress of moving van



















  • Connect utilities in advance
  • Arrange for any repairs, remodeling needed before moving in
  • Line up unpacking help
    • Check off items as they are unloaded
    • Note broken or missing items
    • Dispose of boxes, other moving trash
  • Assure local banking capability
  • Startup newspapers or other services you want
  • Register children at new schools
  • Locate doctors, dentist, veterinarians, beautician, lawyer, insurance agents
  • Get local health care coverage
  • Arrange for auto insurance renewal and changes
  • Start mail delivery
  • Notify others you have moved
    • Friends, Family
    • Creditors
    • Any service providers who contact you by mail
  • Get local cell phone numbers
  • Get new driver's license and vehicle tags if needed
  • Register to vote
  • Update passport
  • Begin remodeling process, as appropriate






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