Home Buying Tools
Moving Check List

It’s Finally Time to Move!

Moving Checklist

2 months before

  • ·Start sorting your belongings into “what to donate” and “what to keep” piles.
  • ·Research your moving options, and request on-site quotes from at least three moving companies.
  • ·Make a “moving” binder, which will be your one-stop source for all moving inventory, estimates, and receipts.
  • ·If school districts are being switched, make sure you make the appropriate arrangements to transfer the records to the new school.

6 weeks before

  • ·Order the bubble wrap, boxes, packing tape, and other necessary supplies.
  • ·Start using up existing stock of cleaning supplies, frozen foods, and any other items that cannot be moved, particularly on a long-distance relocation.
  • ·Make arrangements for the temporary storage of items, if required.

1 month before

  • ·Choose your preferred moving company and confirm the arrangements.
  • ·Pack occasionally used items, number and label each box with the intended room and its contents.
  • ·Put important files and jewelry in a box, which you will move yourself personally. Also, include the mover’s estimate, as it will be required on moving day.
  • ·Set aside a box with all the items required on moving day, such as small pieces needed for re-assembling furniture, tools, etc.
  • ·Fill out the change of address form either at the post office or online at usps.gov.
  • ·Let your credit card companies, employer, banks, insurers, and utility companies know about your move.
  • ·If required, forward you and your family’s dental and health records to a new healthcare provider in advance. Alternatively, request all records from your current provider(s).
  • ·Collect things you have loaned out and return borrowed items.

2 weeks before

  • ·If you are changing banks, do not forget to close out safety deposits.
  • ·Call the moving company and reconfirm arrangements.
  • ·Dispose of any flammables such as gas, paint, propane, etc.

1 week before

  • ·Switch to another pharmacy and/or refill prescriptions.
  • ·Finish your general packing a few days before moving day.
  • ·Pack suitcases with clothes enough to wear for a number of days.

A few days before

  • ·Empty and clean your refrigerator.
  • ·Once again, call the moving company and reconfirm the arrangements. Provide the exact directions to your new home, and do not forget to give your contact details.
  • ·Prepare the payment for the moving company, and keep cash in hand if you plan to hand out tips.

Moving day

  • ·Remove the beddings, and take beds apart.
  • ·Show the movers around your home and show them the things that have to be moved.
  • ·Leave a forwarding address and other contact information for the new residents; after all, they could have a few questions.
  • ·Walk through your home one last time, before the moving truck heads out, to ensure nothing has been missed.
  • ·Before the movers leave, sign the inventory list/bill of lading and keep a copy for your own records.