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Moving? Here's Your Ultimate Final Walkthrough Checklist

Ever gone to the grocery store for one thing, only to return home with two bags of groceries but without the item you went for? Or maybe you made a grocery list of ingredients for a new recipe, but forgot to write down the staples because you assumed you had them? The point here is: It’s often the most obvious things that you leave behind.

Moving companies tell us that they see the same thing happen time and time again -- the most obvious things get left behind. Use this moving checklist to make sure you have everything packed away when the moving truck's ready to pull out of the driveway.

Turn Everything Off

Double-check the lighting in every room, and don't forget the basement. If you’re leaving behind appliances, they should be unplugged. Even when they’re not powered on, appliances still draw energy when they’re plugged in. The only exception is the fridge. If you rent or you’re leaving the fridge in the house, check with the landlord or new owners to see if they want the fridge left on.

Check the Outlets

We hear from our moving company friends that electronics chargers are one of the top items left behind. Budget some time to do a complete walkthrough of your house or apartment to check all outlets, including those hard-to-see places!

Double Check Closets and Cupboards

There may not be any clothes hanging from the rod in your closet, but did you remember to check the top shelf? Or maybe you left an expensive dress or suit hanging that you didn't want stuffed in your wardrobe box.

As for the cupboards, you should check cabinets, drawers, and linen closets in the bathroom. In the kitchen, get down to ground level, and make sure there’s nothing in the back. While you’re at it, if you store baking sheets, muffin tins, etc., in the oven to free cupboard space, double check there, too. Don't forget the pantry and the coat closet by the door either.

Take Pictures

If you’re a renter, you’ll want to take photos of the rental for liability reasons. You'll want to prove what condition your place was in when you moved out so landlords can’t foot you with a damages bill. Best practice is to hold a newspaper or a friend's cell phone with the date displaying as you take photos with your phone.

While you’re at it, it's also a good idea to take a photo of your utility readers. Sometimes, service isn't disconnected when scheduled. You should have photo proof in case you need to dispute a meter reading discrepancy.

The stress of a move can really take its toll. Not to mention, the packing process is exhausting. So, it's easy to understand why so many things get left behind when you move. With this guide, you should be better prepared to scan your old home from top to bottom -- and ensure that all of your belongings make it to your new place.

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