Moving Checklist

We have created a comprehensive checklist to help you have a successful problem-free move. Be sure to download the PDF version and print it out, so you have a copy available after you disconnect your internet service at your old home.

1-2 Months Prior to Move

[ ] Make binder/folder for moving records (receipts, estimates, item lists, etc.)

[ ] Choose a moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc.) and retrieve cost estimates from sources

[ ] Contact employer to check if they cover any of your moving expenses

[ ] If you require storage, be sure to make proper arrangements

[ ] Set up disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new residence

[ ] Phone     [ ] Internet     [ ] Cable     [ ] Water     [ ] Garbage     [ ] Gas     [ ] Electric

[ ] Arrange how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables

[ ] Sketch or use a floor plan to see how your furniture will be placed in the new residence

[ ] Have a yard sale, donate, sell, or trash items that you don’t need

[ ] Line up transfer of personal records (medical, children in school, etc.)

[ ] Retrieve copies of any records you may need (medical, dental, etc.)

[ ] Gather items required for moving (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)

[ ] Repair any items in your current residence that you have an obligation to fix

[ ] Return items borrowed, checked-out or rented

[ ] Retrieve any items you have lent out

[ ] In order for there to be less to move, try to consume/use most of your food supply

3-4 Weeks Prior to Move

[ ] Make final decision on moving method and prepare needed arrangements

[ ] Start packing non-essential items

[ ] Mark boxes by room and contents

[ ] Items that you would like to move personally, mark “Do Not Move”

[ ] For keeping pieces, parts and essential tools that you would like to keep until you move, mark as “Do Not Move- Parts”

[ ] Make an inventory of items/box contents and include serial numbers of items with value – This can be used as a chance to update your home inventory

[ ] Fill out a Change of Address form in the post office or online

[ ] Give your new address to important contacts such as:

[ ] Employers    [ ] Family & Friends    [ ] Attorney    [ ] Accountant    [ ] Others

[ ] Tell your credit card company, insurance agency, and any other company significant to you about your change of address

[ ] Change address or cancel automated payment plans and local accounts/memberships depending on if it is necessary

[ ] Schedule a maintenance checkup for your car, especially if your new residence is a long distance away

1-2 Weeks Prior to Move

[ ] Keep packing and clean as you pack

[ ] Items that you will need right away at your new residence, make sure to pack separately

[ ] Make arrangements to clear your schedule on moving day

[ ] Involve your kids in the move as much as possible, and find useful tasks for them to complete

[ ] If you have small children, find someone to watch them on moving day

[ ] Start to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip

[ ] Check with whoever is involved, that your moving methods are still ready to go

[ ] Be sure your prescriptions are filled

[ ] Empty items out of your safety deposit box and secure those items for safe travel

[ ] Schedule cancellation of all services with your old residence

[ ] Newspaper    [ ] Housecleaning    [ ] Lawn    [ ] Pool    [ ] Water Delivery

[ ] Check all furniture for damages and be sure to record this on your inventory

[ ] Be sure all paperwork for the old and new residence is ready to go and completed

[ ] If your new residence is a long distance away, to prevent automated deactivation, let your credit card companies know where you are moving too

[ ] Remove flammable items such as paint, propane, and gasoline

[ ] Attempt to use up perishable food


2-4 Days Prior to Move

[ ] Confirm moving details and make sure you have all paperwork necessary for the move

[ ] Create a schedule for moving day

[ ] Make plans on when/how to pick up the truck (if rented)

[ ] Make preparations for moving expenses (lodging, food, moving)

[ ] Keep cleaning the house as you pack

[ ] Clean out your fridge and defrost the freezer

[ ] Be sure your essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc.)

[ ] Pack a bag for essentials such as water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and anything else

[ ] Boxes and items that you are moving yourself, set aside (make sure you have room for these items)


Moving Day

[ ] Go early to pick-up truck/trailer if you are renting

[ ] Show movers/helpers through the house to tell them what needs to occur

[ ] Walk through your empty residence to check for things left behind – Take a look behind doors

[ ] Leave contact info for new residents in order for mail to be forwarded to you

[ ] Take inventory before movers leave with your things and then sign bill of lading

[ ] Check with your movers that they have the correct new address

[ ] Turn off the lights and lock the windows and doors

[ ] In order to lock up a rented truck, use a padlock to secure your possessions

At your new residence …

[ ] Make sure utilities are working– specifically power, water, heating, and cooling

[ ] Make an initial inspection, note all damages and take photographs if necessary

[ ] Vacuum as needed and clean kitchen (noteworthy to clean where furniture will be going)

[ ] Direct movers/helpers where to place items

[ ] Offer drinks and snacks to movers/helpers, especially if your helpers are volunteers

[ ] Start to unpack, beginning with the kitchen, bathroom and other essentials


Moving In – Weeks 1-2

[ ] When unpacking check for damages- Take notice of insurance claim deadlines

[ ] If necessary, replace locks and create at least 2 copies of your new keys

[ ] Make sure your mail is arriving at your new residence

[ ] Check that your previous utilities have been paid for and canceled

[ ] Finish your change of address checklist

[ ] Bank(s)    [ ] Credit Cards    [ ] IRS    [ ] Loans    [ ] Insurance    [ ] Pension plans

[ ] Attorney    [ ] Accountant    [ ] Physicians    [ ] Family support

[ ] Newspapers    [ ] Magazines    [ ] Licenses    [ ] Memberships

[ ] Make time to get a local driving license and update your vehicle registration

[ ] Retrieve local phonebooks and maps

[ ] Depending on your needs & insurance, find new doctors, dentists, etc.

[ ] After you have moved in, update your home inventory, including pictures of the rooms

[ ] Update your homeowners insurance or renters insurance if it is required

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