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Before you move it's important to know exactly what is going to move with you; make a  packing list. Items can be lost or damaged, but if you know exactly what should arrive at your new home, your insurance company should cover the loss/damage if any occurs.

This inventory record can also be kept in case of emergencies, such as a fire or other natural disaster. It can also help should your home be broken into.  Serial numbers and good descriptions can help recover your items.

Take copies of all important documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, wills, insurance policies, deeds, etc... Keep the originals and copies separate. Originals should move with you or if convenient, be placed in a bank security deposit box (if your move is local.)  At the very least, valuable and important documents should be protected in a water tight and fire proof container, while copies can move with the rest of your household items.

  • Next, you need to make a record of your belongings. This can be done quickly and easily using a video camera or digital still camera. If you choose either method, create an audio diary with it or add notes to the still photos to include information on when it was purchased and how much it's worth.

  • If you don't have either a video or still camera, you can still create a written record by using an already existing list - obtained from your insurance company or on a simple notepad or computer program.  Record when the item was purchased and how much you paid for it at the time.  In addition, record serial numbers or any distinctive features, just in case the item goes missing.

  • Either photograph or describe the most valuable  items you own as well as the ordinary ones. Even items of clothing, kitchen pieces and garage tools should be recorded, especially if there's a value attached. This will also help the moving company should some of your items go missing. They can retrace their steps, check with other customers to see if your items can be located.

  • After you've finished your documentation, make copies of the list, video tape and or digital photos. Keep copies with a friend or relative, while you keep the original copy. This will ensure that a copy can be found even if you lose the original.

By using your inventory list, you can get a more accurate estimate of what your move will cost. In addition, this will also help you determine if you need additional moving insurance to what is offered through your movers or home insurance.

When you decide it is time to relocate to our area, please contact us, EXIT First Realty is here to help you with all of your real estate needs.  We have many years of experience and can help you find the home of your dreams.   If you are preparing to leave, we can help you with the sale of your house.  We look forward to helping you have a smooth transition.  

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