Although the primary focus of “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) sellers should be to facilitate a smooth home sales process, homeowners simultaneously should be mindful of the preparations needed to move out of the home once it is sold. Nestseller thus recommends that sellers consider the following checklist, as summarized from a recent article in Real Simple:
Two Months Prior to Moving
Systematically inventory all items within the home and decide what to donate, sell, or throw away. Determine whether any items will require special packing materials or extra insurance coverage. See Nestseller’s article on Donation, Sales, and Disposal Options for more information.
moving company options, request an on-site estimate, have the moving company put the estimate in writing, obtain estimates from multiple companies, and check to see that the estimate has a U.S. Department of Transportation number on it.
FSBO sellers should use this binder to keep track of all estimates, receipts, items to be moved, and paperwork regarding the upcoming home sale.
FSBO sellers with children should make arrangements to have all school records transferred to the new school district.
Six Weeks Prior to Moving
Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap, black markers, kitchenware containers, wardrobe boxes.
Begin the process of using or donating items that will not be moved, such as frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
Measure room and doorway dimensions at the new home to help decide which furniture will be moved.
One Month Prior to Moving
Select a moving company and make sure to obtain written confirmation of the moving date, costs, and other details.
Start packing infrequently used items, record items of special value that might require additional insurance from the moving company, and declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound (e.g., a computer).
Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room in the new home where the contents belong. Label boxes of “essentials” that contain more frequently used items.
Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box to be transported personally to the new home.
Complete a change-of-address form at usps.gov and consider checking with a trusted neighbor after moving in case mail continues to be delivered to the sold home.
Make sure to change your address with specific organizations, including banks, brokerage firms, employers, magazines, credit cards, insurance policies, and utility companies.
Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers, obtain personal copies of records, and ask for referrals to providers if necessary.
Two Weeks Prior to Moving
FSBO sellers should request the day off from work on the day of the move.
Take vehicles to a repair shop inquire as to specific services that might be needed if moving to a new climate.
If changing banks, remove the contents of all safe-deposit boxes and put them in the safe box that will be moved personally on moving day.
FSBO sellers should reconfirm all moving arrangements prior to the big day.
One Week Prior to Moving
Stock up on prescriptions that will be needed during the following weeks.
Aim to finish all packing a few days prior moving day, ensuring that suitcases are packed with enough essential items to last a few days if necessary.
A Few Days Prior to Moving
FSBO sellers who are planning to move a refrigerator should make sure that it is empty, clean, and defrosted at least 24 hours before moving day.
Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure that the company has exact written directions to the new home and the FSBO seller’s contact information readily available.
Consider how to pay the moving company, including credit card, money order, cashier’s check, and cash options. FSBO sellers should consider tipping the staff of the moving company 10 to 15 percent of the total fee (including extra tips for company staff members as necessary).
Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the correct company: The USDOT number painted on its side should match the number on the estimate (scams are not unheard-of).
Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and retain a copy for your records.