Moving Tips

Once you have sold your home, The Bouma Group can help make the move easier for you! Follow these tips and checklists so that your move is as organized and effortless as possible. Think about your move as a series of small projects that you can begin before the closing date. That way, when the day comes to physically move your belongings, most of the other details will be taken care of.

One Month before Moving:

      • Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, call 800-829-1040 and ask for form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.
      • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope, etc.
      • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations. Or plan your travel route if driving.
      • Call a moving company or make truck rental reservations to move yourself. For a full list of reliable home service professionals, view our current Preferred Vendor List.
      • Finalize real estate and apartment rental needs.
      • Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
      • Obtain a change of address form to tell the post office of your move.
      • Give people or businesses that send you mail your new address:
        • Friends and family members
        • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
        • Charge card and credit card companies
        • Doctors, Dentists, and other medical providers
        • State and Federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed
        • The IRS
      • Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible.)
      • Make maps of your new neighborhood to familiarize yourself and your family with your new area.
      • Plan your moving budget.


Two Weeks before Moving:

      • Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
      • Arrange for new cable service for your new home.
      • Inform your Long-Distance Phone Company of your move. Sign up for long distance service at your new address.
      • Recruit moving day help.
      • Confirm travel reservations.
      • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate.

The Day before Moving:

        • Set aside moving materials like a tape measure, pocket knife, packing boxes, tape, and markers.
        • Pick up the rental truck.
        • Check the oil and gas in your car.
        • If traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essential items.