Moving Tip #6…Almost Home

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Moving Tip #6…Almost Home


You’re almost ready to settle into your new home.  The first 5 moving tips included tips on how to edit your treasures and pack for your move. 


If you’ve followed the tips outlined in the posts, you’ve taken 9 moving day tipspictures of items you’re moving as well as how to reconnect your computer and television cables. You’ve marked your boxes and made lists so that you know what’s in them. 


Moving day has arrived!  You’re almost done but there are a few more items to complete your smooth move!!







_Don’t rely on your memory; have a checklist

_Make sure to leave behind such as garage door openers, etc.

_If you’re coming back to clean, make sure that you set aside cleaning supplies and tools. If you have a professional crew coming in, ensure the utilities are on for them. 


9 tips for moving day



_Make sure that utilities are on at your new home. 

_If there is a security gate, make sure you have the code/key for it and ask if your moving truck can enter there or through another gate. 

_If you need an elevator to reach your floor, find out if you’ll need to reserve a special freight elevator. 

_Check to see if moving trucks need a permit and if there are restricted hours for their use. 

_Have everything packed BEFORE the movers arrive




~This is where your Last On/First Off comes in handy. You’ll need these supplies to help you as you unpack and settle in. 

_Whether you have help or it’s just you, check every item as it comes in the door. Take pictures of boxes or items that are damaged. Check your floors and walls as well for damage. 

_Make sure you have water and have snacks or lunch for your movers

~Unpack the boxes you will need first.  That usually means the kitchen, primary bedroom, and bath.

Everyone has their own way of  unpacking and getting settled. I’m more methodical in unpacking and like to empty one box at a time. 

I know some who prefer to take everything out and get rid of all of the boxes. 


~What to do with the boxes and paper.  People are always looking for moving boxes and paper, You can put a note in Nextdoor or a similar app letting people know that boxes will be on your driveway. 

Some people sell them on OfferUp or Craigslist 

Whatever you choose to do, it’s better than adding more to our landfill!!!


Remember these tips for a successful move:

*Be present

*Be organized

*Be ready
*Be alert

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Comments (15)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... great tips and very logical. Yet, so many people move without any logical plan.

Sep 26, 2023 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I'm pretty logical but I do miss some on occasion!!! 

Sep 26, 2023 07:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I love your series on moving! Very well organized tips to making a successful move with less stress! So many people have no idea of all that entails in a move and you have provided a roadmap.

Sep 26, 2023 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I remember our first move and since that time, I keep notes for the next time I move. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - although it seems I packed away my memory bank a long time ago, it makes its re-appearance known from time-to-time.  Long or shorter-term remembrances can be revealed in sometimes startling ways.  That aside, your handy tip series serves as a good guide for keeping things in order as moving day becomes part of the plan.  

Sep 26, 2023 06:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs My first apartment was on the 2nd floor. A first floor apartment opened up and I was going to move on a Saturday. The Friday night before my move, friends + drinks= someone saying why wait til tomorrow, let's move now!  I had stuff everywhere in my new apartment and couldn't find a thing. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:14 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

With all the moves I have done, I never took photos. This is a great idea. Nice tip.

Sep 26, 2023 06:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty the camera on my phone is my backup memory!!

Sep 26, 2023 07:15 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Sep 26, 2023 07:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® Thank you. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:15 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Having moved out of several homes in the last few years and then moving from CA to AZ, I find a lot of value in your series.  The last time we moved, I forgot to turn off one of our utilities and the new homeowners did not change the utility into their names.  They ended up with a one month utility payment gift.  It was fine.  They were young and deserved a little housewarming gift.  😃

Sep 26, 2023 07:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson I bet they loved your "surprise" housewarming gift!!!   I keep copious notes and a running's how I survive. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with families on the move.

Have a great day. We have a rainy day in Maryland.

Sep 26, 2023 09:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy Kelley We are happy because we finally got a good rain yesterday!!

Sep 26, 2023 07:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Another informative blog on moving day tips!  Since many of us do not own condos in a high-rise, those are great tips to write down and follow-up.  The last thing you want is the moving company stuck not knowing where to or what elevator to use. 

Sep 26, 2023 09:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®   A fellow stager told me of this when I began doing vacant stagings. One of my condos limited the hours of the day when a moving truck was allowed. My first vacant condo staging, the freight elevator that I had to use was as far away as you could get from the condo.  

Sep 26, 2023 07:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and great information to share with us and I can see a reblog down the road on this one.

Sep 26, 2023 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi and thank you Will Hamm    Did you get your videos loaded??

Sep 26, 2023 07:21 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Kathy so important to have a check list.  Just too much to remember. Great blog. Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties


Sep 26, 2023 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley it makes sense that we'd forget because moving can be stressful. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:22 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you are absolutely right about a check list, memories are flawed, RIGHT EVERYTHING DOWN.

Sep 26, 2023 12:43 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto as much as I love my iPhone and what you can do...i love legal pads. I go through tons of them. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:23 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kathy Streib thank you for sharing very valuable moving tips will benefits everyone.

Sep 26, 2023 02:44 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi John Pusa Thank you! So happy that you enjoyed them. 

Sep 26, 2023 07:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your moving tips series has been very valuable to those who are needing to move, Kathy.

Sep 26, 2023 08:40 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that there will always be at least one box that has a bunch of miscellaneous stuff in it, haha.

Sep 27, 2023 04:04 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tips Kathy. I'm sure this will be appreciated by many.

Sep 28, 2023 07:26 AM