The Ultimate Moving Checklist
The moving process involves careful planning and preparation several weeks in advance of your actual moving day. In order to ensure the process goes smoothly from start to finish, it’s best to have a plan in place. Whether you are moving into a new home or apartment, we’ve prepared a comprehensive moving checklist to make sure your move is a success. Read on for great moving tips and advice.
Eight Weeks Until Moving Day
- Do your homework. Request quotes from the best moving companies in your area. Talk to your friends and family to see if they have suggestions, and carefully read online reviews. This would be a good time to start researching your new community as well!
- Create a moving binder. Store all of your moving documents here: receipts, records, inventory lists, etc. Don’t forget to include this handy moving checklist while you’re at it.
- Make a budget for all moving expenses. Creating a simple overview of your projected moving expenses can help prevent surprises.
- Sort your items. Go through all of your items and decide what you’re keeping, donating, selling or throwing away.
Six Weeks Until Moving Day
- Buy packing supplies. Secure all boxes, tape, markers, etc.
- Schedule disconnection of utilities. Taking care of this in advance saves precious time later.
- Contact your insurance company. This is a good time to ensure they have your new address on file, and for you to discuss any changes to your policy that need to be made as a result of your move.
- Compile records and request referrals. Organize all medical, dental, legal and financial records.
- Determine packing and loading time. Depending on your situation, you may need additional flexibility for your move. Hiring a moving and storage company could make this process easier. Decide which route you want to take.
- Make a list of everyone who needs to be notified of your move. This can include creditors, subscription providers, family, friends and professional contacts.
One Month Until Moving Day
- Confirm arrangements with residential moving company (if applicable). It’s good to err on the side of caution because anything can happen between when you initially made your arrangements and the present. Companies may double-book or your needs may have changed, for example.
- Separate valuables you plan on personally packing. Label these boxes “DO NOT MOVE.”
- Visit your local post office and complete a Change of Address form. This is another concrete step to making your move official. If you expect to receive mail at your new address, this is an essential step.
- Service your car. Even if you are moving with a residential moving company, you’ll want to make sure your car is in good working order to avoid transportation issues on moving day.
- Determine packing and loading time. Depending on your situation, you may need
additional flexibility for your move. Hiring a moving and storage company could make this
process easier. Decide which route you want to take.
- Create a list of serial numbers for electronics and other valuables. In the rare case an item goes missing, you’ll want to have these numbers on hand.
Two Weeks Until Moving Day
- Request time off from work for moving day. Be sure to allot yourself an extra day of rest to recover after your move.
- Clean out safe-deposit boxes. You won’t want to forget these items, particularly if you are moving a long distance.
- Re-confirm arrangements with moving and storage company. It’s always best to double-check your bookings, if only for peace of mind.
- Plan meals for the next two weeks. Make sure you use up all leftover food in your fridge.
- Refill prescriptions. Allow yourself at least a month’s worth of refills on-hand as you navigate the pharmacy in your new location..
- If you are completing a long-distance move, notify your credit card company. This step will prevent them from placing a hold on your card for “unusual activity”.
One Week Until Moving Day
- Set aside any boxes you’ll be moving yourself. This would include any valuables you previously made note of, or items you prefer to have on hand at all times.
- Clean rugs and carpets. Getting this out of the way will save you headaches closer to the big day. If you are renting, this will save you from paying cleaning costs post-move.
- Measure doorways and furniture. Knowing the size of your entryways will help you and your moving team navigate moving larger items.
- Disassemble furniture (if possible). The moving company will help you move large items, but disassembling furniture where applicable will save space.
- Defrost the freezer and clean the fridge. Minimize using both until you are out of the door.
- Pack essentials for the first night in your new home. After the moving is done, you’ll want to unwind. Make this step easy by preparing a box or bag specifically for the first evening.
- Prepare specific directions to your new home for your residential moving company. They will appreciate your attention to detail and it’s never a bad idea to provide your moving team with as much information as you can.
- Complete a final walkthrough. Check every room and closet one more time.
- Take inventory of all of your belongings that are being moved. Better safe than sorry. You don’t want to forget any key items.
- Leave a forwarding address with the new owner/landlord. Save yourself the hassle of returning to your old address to pick up stray mail.
- Lock windows and doors, turn off all lights, turn off air conditioning/lower heat. As this chapter closes, it’s time to move on to your final step on the checklist:
- Say a long goodbye.
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