Moving Checklist

WHAT TO DO 1-2 MONTHS BEFORE MOVING?

  • Create binder/folder for moving records (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.)

  • Plan your moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc) and get cost estimates

  • See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits

  • Research storage facilities if needed

  • Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new place

  • Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables

  • Plan how you will arrange furniture in the new place – use a floor plan or sketch

  • Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or trash unnecessary items

  • Schedule transfer of records (medical, children in school, etc.)

  • Get copies of any records needed (medical, dental, etc.)

  • Acquire packing materials (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)

  • Make any home repairs that you have committed to making

  • Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items

  • Get things back that you have lent out

  • Start using up food you have stored so there is less to move

WHAT TO DO 3-4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING?

  • Finalize moving method and make necessary arrangements

  • Begin packing non-essential items

  • Label boxes by room and contents

  • Separate valuable items to transport yourself – label as DO NOT MOVE

  • Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts and essential tools that you will want

  • Create an inventory list of items and box contents, including serial numbers

  • Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online

  • Provide important contacts with your new address:

  • Notify your insurance and credit card companies about change of address

  • Cancel automated payment plans and local accounts/memberships if necessary

  • Take your vehicle(s) in for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling very far

WHAT TO DO 1-2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING?

  • Continue packing and clean as you go

  • Pack items separately that you will need right away at your new place

  • Plan to take the day off for moving day

  • Find useful things for your children to do – involve them as much as possible

  • Find someone to help watch small children on move day

  • Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip

  • Reconfirm your method of moving with those involved

  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled

  • Empty out your safe deposit box, secure those items for safe travel

  • Schedule cancellation of services for your old place

  • Check your furniture for damages – note damages on your inventory

  • Take furniture apart if necessary (desks, shelves, etc.)

  • Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete

  • If traveling far, notify credit card company to prevent automated deactivation

  • Get rid of flammables such as paint, propane, and gasoline

  • Try and use up perishable food

WHAT TO DO 2 DAYS BEFORE AND ON THE MOVING DAY?

  • Confirm all moving details and that you have necessary paperwork

  • Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move

  • Plan when/how to pick up the truck (if rented)

  • Prepare for the moving expenses (moving, food, lodging)

  • Continue cleaning the house as you are packing

  • Defrost your freezer and clean the fridge

  • Make sure essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc)

  • Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and essentials

  • Set aside boxes/items that you are moving yourself (make sure you’ll have room)

  • Remove bedding and take apart beds

  • Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one

  • Take movers/helpers through the house to inform them of what to do

  • Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind – look behind doors

  • Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail

  • Take inventory before movers leave, sign bill of lading

  • Make sure your movers have the correct new address

  • Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed

  • Direct movers/helpers where to put things

  • Begin unpacking, starting with kitchen, bathroom and other essentials

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