Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Printable version of the moving checklist

Relocation is something that we go through at every part of our life, at one point. With it being a super stressful and challenging time, writing a moving checklist is very important because it saves us from panicking and worrying about things that may not be even there.

8 Weeks Pre-Move

Moving is a good time to learn where you stand financially. Why don’t you check your credit report before you plan your move?
It’s time to think about how you’re going to move. Are you doing it yourself? Or hiring a professional? Start familiarizing yourself with options and your budget.
You can start learning about your new community by surfing the web. You’ll find access to everything from neighborhood maps to restaurant guides.
Need a roommate? This is an important consideration. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Protect yourself and your belongings by understanding your Rights and Responsibilities when you move. This is a must read for anyone hiring professional movers. Protect Your Move

7 Weeks Pre-Move

Throw out all frayed towels and sheets that have gone gray. Rule of thumb: If Mom would faint at the condition of your bed and bath linens – feed them to the incinerator (or better yet, use them to wrap delicate items on your move day).
If you are traveling a long distance during your move, make airline, car and hotel reservations. Pay close attention to flight schedules because you want to arrive at least six hours before your movers arrive.
Too much stuff for your new place? Consider a storage facility which you can search for using the free Storage Center. Start your research by comparing pricing and security levels. If you need frequent access to your possessions, be sure the facility can accommodate you.

6 Weeks Pre-Move

Finish up or pack the remaining food in the pantry and freezer. Use cleaning supplies you have on hand and avoid shopping for household items.
Call your health insurance provider to ensure that you’ll still have medical coverage during your move and in your new town. If you have coverage, transfer the policy to your new address. Looking for insurance coverage?
Contact your doctor and dentist and inform them of your move. If you haven’t selected a new doctor in your new town, request referrals from your current doctor. Once you have made your selection, arrange to have your medical records transferred. Note that most physicians require you to submit a signed letter before receiving records.
Did you know that moving expenses are often tax deductible? You may be eligible to deduct transportation, travel, and lodging expenses for job-related moves. Begin to keep records of all move-related expenses and documents.
It’s time to have your valuables appraised if you plan on insuring them before your move.
If you are traveling overseas, check local quarantine laws. You’ll want to be prepared in advance of your move.
Are you a member of a community organization or club? Now is the time to formally resign or transfer your membership. You may also want to nominate a replacement if you hold a position on the board.
If you live in a remote location, on a hill, or have a steep driveway that may not accommodate a large moving truck, be sure to discuss this with the moving company when requesting a personalized price quote. Additional charges may apply if a smaller “shuttle” truck is needed to complete the delivery of your goods.
Inspect your new home for pests, inside and out. Search for service providers in your area.

5 Weeks Pre-Move

Any regular service providers such as housekeeping, landscaping, pool, security company should be notified of your impending move.
When you purchased your new home, you most likely bought homeowners insurance as well. This doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with the same insurance provider for years. Be price conscious and shop around for the best rates.
Moving is a good time to consider renters insurance, so contact your insurance provider and request a price quote for your new home. In order to find a good rate, it’s a wise idea to solicit quotes from several providers.
Think about decorating your new place. Will you need blinds? Also, if possible, take measurements of all the rooms in your new home and decide where you will place furniture. Remember, new furniture can take over six weeks for delivery, so place your order well in advance.
It’s not too early to think about ordering long-distance phone service for your new home. Now is the perfect time to switch your plan and get free minutes!
Consider purchasing packing materials. You may protect some of your possessions using crumpled paper; blankets; pillows; even clothing. Sturdy boxes; packing tape; bubble wrap; and packing peanuts can be purchased from moving companies and truck-rental firms.
If you’re driving to your new home and have some extra time, make a mini-vacation out of your trip. Plan to visit historical sites and national parks along the route.
Clean out your closets and bookcases. Donate or sell any clothing you have not worn in over two years. Sort through books and donate them to your local library or school, or sell to a used-book store. Donate anything you were unable to sell during the yard sale.
What better way to get rid of old and tired possessions than a yard sale! Hold one in your neighborhood or exercise your technical know-how and hold a yard sale online.
Obtain a copy of your new floor plan, or create your own. Then start to plan where your furniture and possessions will live. Measure the rooms, doorways, and stairways to avoid surprises. And seize the opportunity to clean all the walls, floors, windows, cabinets and closets, while your home is still empty.
It’s time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer ‘cash-back’ on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account until all outstanding checks have cleared.
Start organizing your possessions. Create a personal inventory. Decide what items you will take and what you can part with. This inventory will also help you determine your homeowner’s insurance requirements as well as the value of your shipment for moving insurance.
If you are moving appliances, schedule an appliance service company to come on or immediately before moving day to prepare the appliances for the move. If you are unable to locate appliance manual, you may also want to ask the appliance service company if they can provide copies of appliance manuals to take with you to your new home.

4 Weeks Pre-Move

If you’re driving a long distance to your new home, give your car a tune-up, check tires, fluids and brakes beforehand. If you’ve been putting off a new tire purchase, now is the time to do it!
Pack all items that you will not need during the month prior to your move. This includes winter/summer clothing, sports equipment, books and linens.
Make sure your new home is pest-free before you move in! Ask the current residents if they’ve experienced pest problems, or talk with your soon-to-be neighbors about unwelcome intruders. You can also arrange for a visit by a local exterminator or find pest-control products at your local hardware store.
It’s time to ask friends and family if they will be available and willing to lend a hand on moving day. Be sure to get serious commitments and remind them about a week before moving day.
Temporary housing can bridge the gap between arrival in a new community and finding a permanent residence.

3 Weeks Pre-Move

Find new homes for plants; they may not do well in transit, especially on a long trip. Keep in mind that professional movers usually will not transport plants.
Make sure you have Internet service in your new home.
Call your pharmacist and get a recommendation for a pharmacy in your new town. Transfer your prescriptions to the new pharmacy. If you are at all worried about having access to required medication after your move, ask your doctor for an extra prescription.
Call your local/state government to clear-up any unpaid taxes or parking tickets. Unpaid fees will undoubtedly find their way to your new house (and may even delay license renewal).
Make sure your new home is pest-free before you move in! Ask the current residents if they’ve experienced pest problems, or talk with your soon-to-be neighbors about unwelcome intruders. You can also arrange for a visit by a local exterminator or find pest-control products at your local hardware store. to find local exterminators in your area.
Contact utility companies and sign up for new service. Service should begin the day BEFORE you move. These days you can even connect service on the Internet.
Currently receiving Social Security Benefits? Change your address with the Social Security Administration (800)772-1213. Be sure to have your Social Security Number handy when you call.
Retrieve any items you may have lent to family, friends or neighbors.
Hire a professional to prepare you new home for move-in day. You may also make arrangements to have your current house cleaned after you move out.
Organize, safely store and make copies of any important documents such as your passport, will, titles, etc. Take these with you, do not ship them with your other belongings.

2 Weeks Pre-Move

Remember to drain gasoline and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery.
It’s time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer ‘cash-back’ on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account until all outstanding checks have cleared.
Before moving day, try to visit your new home with your new landlord. You’ll want to check for damages left by the previous tenants. You’ll also want to arrange a time to pick up keys and have the home cleaned.
Can you take your favorite light fixtures with you? No – and the chimney has to remain behind as well. But although light fixtures are expected to remain where they are, certain precious possessions such as your chandelier shouldn’t stay unless the new owners requested the item as part of the sale.
Need some maps of your new community? Need to know the quickest route to your new home? Check out some of the many free map sites on the Internet. These sites are helpful and usually free.
When packing for the big day, don’t forget to clearly label each box with the room in which they belong. This will help the move quicker and settling in that much easier.
Keep the Karma going: As a gesture to the people moving into your current home, leave names and numbers of all contractors, electricians, carpenters and plumbers who did work on your home in the past. The new owners will cherish the recommendations.
Return all library books, videos and any other borrowed or rented items.
Dispose your household hazardous waste (cleaning fluids, lighter fluid, aerosols) before you move. Contact your Town Hall or Public Works department for the nearest location of hazardous waste disposal. You can also call 1-800-CLEANUP.
Help out the people moving into your current home by leaving them a stack of warranties, instruction manuals, and receipts for appliances and electrical devices remaining in the home after you move.

1 Week Pre-Move

Nobody wants to find out that their favorite shirt is back at the old dry cleaners, so remember to pick up all of your clothes before you move..
Before closing day, try to do a walk-through of your new home with your Real Estate Agent. You’ll want to check for damages left by the previous owners. And you’ll also want to make sure that the home is clean and empty.
Write down the name, address, and phone number of your current landlord/building manager for future reference. Most job and housing applications require this information at some point.
Don’t forget to ask the previous tenant for any warranties and instruction manuals for appliances that will remain in your new home.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the local newspaper(s) in your new community.
Allow yourself ample time to say goodbye to family and friends. Be creative when notifying friends and family of your move.
Get a good start by packing up all of your possessions that won’t be needed during the week of your move. This includes clothing, books, kitchenware and that favorite old t-shirt you’ve been saving “in case we decide to paint the living room.”
Make arrangements for final trash and recycling pickup. If you’re leaving before the next pick-up date, ask neighbors if you can leave trash with them. You might also be able to drop off trash at the local dump.
Anything that is of value to you (jewelry, watches, small hierlooms, etc.) should be taken with you and not shipped with the rest of your belongings.
Whenever possible, pack electronics in their original packaging. If you no longer have these boxes, your mover can offer the appropriate packing material or purchase it online. Remember to back-up your files and hard drive.

Week of Move

As an added gesture to the new tenants, mow your lawn before you leave. The new owners will be grateful.
Do a final inspection with your current landlord before you move out. Be sure to discuss any damages that may be deducted from your security deposit. If there is a dispute, remember that it’s better to negotiate in person rather than over the phone.
Review your new floor plan prior to moving in, because you may need a carpet cleaning. Too understandably overlooked areas can be floor and carpet sections once hidden by couches, beds etc., so be sure to assess your cleaning needs prior to your furniture delivery. And after your carpets and flooring are clean, tape your room titles to door frames to assist the movers with what goes where.
Before filling your new fridge with fresh food, be sure to empty, defrost and clean it.
Even if you’re not personally a germophobe, take note Golden Rule of Moving: Leave your old home as clean as you would like to find your new one. Find a cleaning service.
On moving day, be considerate of neighbors. Don’t block driveways/sidewalks and don’t leave trash or unwanted furniture behind.
The process of moving makes most mortals sweat profusely, so have plenty of snacks and refreshments available for everyone involved in your move. Even if you’re paying for hired help, treat them as you would a helpful friend because the odds are good that they haven’t dreamed about this day for as long as you have – and probably not at all.
Prepare a special box marked “Move Day.” In it, have the following: a telephone, light bulbs, tool kit, scissors, flashlight, large trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, aspirin and fresh bed linens.
Be sure to have tape, twine, padding and spare boxes available on moving day. It’s also advisable to have a basic tool kit handy to disassemble bulky items.
You’ll probably be tired from the move and will want to watch some TV with a hot pizza, so don’t forget to turn on your Cable or Satellite. You can do this right now and check it off of your to-do list – and don’t forget that you can also turn on and off your local, long distance, gas and electric as well.

1 Week Post-Move

Before using your fireplace, speak with your landlord to ensure that fire’s are allowed in your building. A working fireplace doesn’t always mean that you’re allowed to use it. Consider cleaning it before use and if you need a sweeper, we can help locate one in your area.
Have you received your security deposit back from your landlord yet? If not, it might be smart to make a call to your landlord to ensure its arrival at your new address.
Locate the police station; fire station and nearest hospital. Install a new smoke alarm; fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide monitor. You should also map out a safe escape route in case of fire.
A fun first project for your new home is painting your closets. Give each closet a fresh coat of paint before settling in for good. Another quick-fix project is painting or wallpapering the bathroom.
One of the quickest ways to spruce up a new home is with window fixtures. Swing by your favorite decorating store and pick up some blinds and/or curtains.
It’s never too early to start exploring the new neighborhood. Invite the family for a tour of local landmarks. As you drive around town, jot down the location of parks, schools, museums and libraries. And shake off that post-move stress by locating the nearest convenience and hardware stores, video dealer, pharmacy and supermarket.
Inspect your new home for pests, inside and out.

2 Weeks Post-Move

Before using your fireplace, call a professional to do a thorough cleaning of the chimney.
You should have received all sets of keys to your new home. If you have any doubts, change the lock on the outside door. You can also install a second lock, such as a dead-bolt, if it makes you feel more secure. Find a professional locksmith in your area.
Make an effort to recycle in your new home! Call the local sanitation department for information about recycling in your community.
Don’t delay next year’s tax forms. Call the Internal Revenue Service to change your address (800)829-3676. Ask for form 8822. You can also download the form from the IRS online.
Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and UPDATE your driver’s license/ID. Many cities require proof of residence, so make sure that you have appropriate documents available.
Visit or call your local town hall about changing your voter registration.
It’s time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer ‘cash-back’ on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account until all outstanding checks have cleared.

Why A Moving Checklist Is So Important To Your House Move

There are a few solid reasons why we need to create one to make our house removals easier for ourselves:

  1. Moving companies often request them! It may come like a little bit of a surprise that they request for these types of things however to make your transition easier, they ask for one. Sometimes there are so many things we have to move from one place to the other, we totally forget we have specific things we’re moving. This helps us keep track of all our belongings ensuring that nothing is actually lost or misplaced during the trip. It leaves both yourself and the movers accountable for what is on the sheet, often meaning that you cannot encounter much of an issue when it comes to stolen goods.
  2. It makes your relocation easier. How many times have we got so much in the house that we have practically lost our mind thinking about how we are going to get everything organized? Moving house has got to be one of the hardest situations with trying to get everything done in time, the last thing you actually need is something that you may have missed out on because there is nothing worse than getting to your new place and realizing because you forgot to stick something on list, you left it behind and cannot even retrieve it.
  3. It helps you get a better quote from a professional company. Sometimes companies charge extra simply because they don’t always know the specifics of what you have. The beauty of a moving checklist is that when you can list off all the exact items to the company, they need to figure out if they have a removal van available as well as seeing if their movers are actually capable of transporting the goods in terms of if they are enough. A lot of furniture removals take a specific type of trained individual to be able to take them from one place to the other, and when you have a checklist, it ensures that the company knows exactly what is being relocated, hence can send the correct people to be able to help you with that.
  4. If you are using a moving and storage company, a checklist is more than essential. With millions of other things stored in the place, you would never want your stuff to get lost at any cost. It is already expensive enough trying to move house, it isn’t smart to not have a full account of everything you possess. Storage companies are huge, and even though they take necessary precautions when it comes to be able to put all your goods in one place, having a list of everything you have reserved with them, comes in more than handy!