Real Estate in Charleston
John G. Foscolos

Moving Tips


  1. Fill out a “Change of Address” form with the post office, at least 2 weeks before moving. You can get a form at your local post office branch, or take care of everything online at
  2. Notify any company or organization that sends you regular mail. This includes the newspapers, the bank, credit card companies, magazines, catalog companies, charities, etc.
  3. Make a list of individual people that will need to know you’re moving.
  4. Make arrangements for all utilities to be disconnected at your old home and connected at your new home. Give yourself an extra day of lead-time for both to prevent the chance you’re without power or water for a while.
  5. Check insurance coverage for everything that you’re moving. Make sure you know exactly what damages the moving company will cover.
  6. If you’re moving any large appliances, develop a plan for their move (eg. How’s the fridge getting out of the house?). Clean out smaller appliances.
  7. Estimate the weight of everything that you’re moving. Many moving companies bill by the pound.
  8. Have one box that is labeled “Open First.” This should contain anything you will need the first couple of days in your new home – trash bags, soap, toolbox, cups, plates and silverware, paper and pen, water, non-perishable food, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.