Moving Checklist

Moving houses can be a big deal and we know it can be hard to remember everything you need to do when there are boxes everywhere. We’ve created this checklist of things you should do before moving.

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 (Phone Internet  Cable  Water  Garbage  Gas  Electric)
  • 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

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
  • To keep with you on move day – label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE
  • Create an inventory list of items and box contents, including serial numbers
  • Of major items – use this as an opportunity to update your home inventory
  • Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online
  • Notify your insurance and credit card companies about change of address
  • Cancel automated payment plans of local accounts/memberships if necessary
  • Take your vehicle(s) for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling very far

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