Moving Checklist

6-8 Weeks Before moving day
  • Set the date
  • Interview moving companies and get estimates
  • Get costs from truck rental companies if you are planning to move yourself
  • Purchase or rent moving supplies:  tape, markers, scissors, pocketknife, newspaper, blankets, moving pads, plastic storage bins, rope and a hand truck.  Free boxes can usually be obtained at a local supermarket, but consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for mowing clothes.
  • Inventory household goods
  • Choose a mover
  • Keep a detailed record of all moving expenses.  Your costs may be tax-deductible depending on the reasons for your move.  

At least 4 weeks before moving day
  • Contact utility companies to arrange for transfer or shut off
  • Notify lawn service, cleaning and security companies when service should be terminated.
  • File change of address forms -Don’t forget to notify creditors and anyone else who sends you monthly mail or publications
  • Notify healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) of your move and ask for referrals and record transfers.
  • Notify friends and family of new address
  • Start organizing items to be moved or packed:  Fragile vs. non-fragile and Immediate need in new home such as Kitchen items, Clothing, Toiletries, Tools
  • Register children for school and ask for school records to be transferred.
  • Check your homeowner’s insurance and make arrangements for new coverage.
  • Hold a yard sale to get rid of unnecessary items and junk.  Consider donating unwanted items.
2 Weeks Before moving day 
  • Return any borrowed or rented items like Cable Boxes, Furniture, Library books, Etc.
  • Pick up any personal items such as Cleaning, Tools, Etc.
  • Begin to clear out refrigerator and freezer
1 Weeks Before moving day 
  • Confirm arrangements with the movers
  • Notify friends and neighbors that you may need their help
  • Make arrangements for care of small children and pets for the day
1 day before moving 
  • Make sure each person has a bag packed for essentials at the new address
  • Have tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.
  • Move valuables (jewelry, legal documents, family photos & collections) yourself – don’t send them with the moving company.
  • Defrost refrigerator/freezer
  • Confirm arrival time of movers  
Day of the move 
  • Get an early start
  • Make sure movers have your contact information during the move
  • Be available to movers for questions
  • Perform final check of the home once movers have left – Double check the basement, yards, attic, garage and closets. – Make sure any appliances left behind are turned off – Be sure to leave keys and garage door openers
  • All rooms should be at least broom clean and prepared for buyer walk through inspection
Delivery Day 
  • Make sure you understand how mover expects to be paid
  • Supervise unloading and any unpacking
  • Confirm receipt of all items on inventory sheets
  • Welcome to your new home!    

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