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Hawaii Relocation To Do List | Being Proactive for Your Hawaii Move

Okay, let's get going again with this moving thing. In order to have a smooth transition in your Hawaii Relocation you NEED to be proactive!  Get your  "To Do" list together so you will not be scrambling at the last minute!  So often we procrastinate and forget ‘to do' things so a ‘to do' list may just come in handy.

The following list will  give you a guideline and help you in being proactive with your Move to Hawaii.

  • USPS (United States Postal Service) has all the tools online at   to give notice of your 'Change of Address', to Hold your mail until you get to your new address, for shipping products, services and more. (Notify all your banks, credit card company and any other bill payees)
  • Make sure and start preparing your pet for relocation long before! You can find more information as well in this  Animal Quarantine's Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Brochure  and in the  Checklist for 5-day or Less Program 
  • Get in touch with this local Hawaii Realtor® and start your personalized search for your new home with the online personal webpage I'll set up for you according to your special and specific criteria. You can view a wide selection of home, condos and townhouse with the Hawaii and Nationwide Home Search too.
  • Get all your documents together that you will need for your loan process (i.e. 2 mos. bank statements, LES (paycheck stubs), two years W-2's) Your loan officer will give you a detailed list as well.
  • Your Important family documents:  Your birth certificates, social security cards, marriage records, divorce or death records, your children's school records, ALL pet documents, medical records, shot records, car documents, and any other documents you may need before your household goods arrive.
  • Pack necessities. Your household goods may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive so make sure you have basic important necessities and valuables packed. Remember, Hawaii is a tropical climate and you will NOT need snow clothing :) 
  • Have a garage sale with items you have not used for six months and longer or no longer need. Your Hawaii Home will most likely have less interior sq, ft. so be prepared for smaller. Washer/Dryers usually are included with the sale of a property.  
  • Book Airline Tickets ahead of time if you know your exact departure date.  Two weeks or more and you'll get a big discount on airfare. Be sure to go to this website for items not allowed through checkpoints and basic tips for travelers http://www.tsatraveltips.us/
  • Book your hotel /lodging WAY ahead of time.   If you are arriving during peak tourist season I can guaranty that the hotel rooms are booked way in advance.

With our warm climate, tropical breezes and breathtaking scenery you can be assured the Hawaiian Islands are all you've heard...and then some. Helping you to make your Hawaii transition, relocation and home buying process a smooth one.

Be proactive for your Hawaii Relocation!


"Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents.



Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • December 05 2010 02:52PM


Very helpful info, Sally. Hope lots of relocating people find it and give you a call

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago


How insightfull that our Goverment's most usefull fuction, Ben Franklin's pride the USPS now has to be defined, (United States Postal Service).

It's good advice.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 8 years ago


You have and great program, thanks for sharing the information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

Sally - having relocated a number of times, and working with lots of folks like you do who are moving a distance, this is great information. FOlks moving to your ara are in good hands with you as their REALTOR.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 8 years ago


Excellent posts since I am sure it is quite a not very standard move to move to Hawaii.  It is not quite like loading up the truck and driving a few hours to unload. 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 8 years ago

Sally, good list for people relocating to Hawaii! With you as their Realtor, they will have a smooth transition.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) over 8 years ago

Wow, you thought of everything. All they had to do was keep breathing, walking, talking and you had the list all whipped up for relocation. When to do what.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 8 years ago

Great tips, Celeste. This would be a great time to move to Hawaii. It's 29 degrees here right now. BRRR.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Great post, Sally :-) I especially like the reminder to start looking into the pet relocation rules beforehand - it's hard to have to put your pet in quarantine for so long (I had to put mine in for the full time... but I also moved with 3 weeks notice *g*) You might also want to post a link to a list of allowed and non-allowed pets. I've had to tell many friends that their snakes wouldn't be allowed! 

Posted by Josh & Dawn McKinley over 8 years ago

Thanks All!  I'm sure this will help many who need some kind of guideline ...especially when planning on purchasing a Hawaii Home once they get here!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 8 years ago

Great advice! I wish I was relocating to Hawaii. The weather outside is frightful!

I imaging there must be an overload of agents in a beautiful place like Hawaii... is there?

Posted by Tre Pryor, Realtor, e-PRO - Louisville (REMAX Champions) over 8 years ago

Don't forget the sun block and beach necessities!

Posted by Chris "The Loan Ranger" McBrearty, NMLS 274079, FHA, VA, USDA, Loan Officer and Educator (People's Mortgage Company) over 8 years ago

Sally - what a great list for anyone planning on the move - I saw the movie Pearl Harbor on tv last night for the first time and could not watch parts of it - as I get older I find myself crying through movie parts of needless brutality and death as is the case during times of war.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

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