Moving Checklist


Follow this moving checklist to help you with a successful move!

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 closthes.
  • 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
    • Immediate need in new home:  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
    • Cable Boxes
    • Furniture
    • Library books
    • Etc.
  • Pick up any personal items
    • Cleaning
    • Tools
    • Etc.
  • Begin to clear out refrigerator and freezer

1 Week 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 Day

  • 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!