Moving can be stressful, especially if you don’t have a plan in place. To help you experience the most stress-free move possible, we’ve put together a moving checklist that’s sure to help you navigate all the details you need to manage regarding your move.
8 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Create a moving folder or file
You may want to do this in a Word or Google Doc, or use a binder and paper.
- Make any appointments you may need and put them on the calendar
Consider things like disconnecting your utilities, scheduling inspections, or enrolling your kids in a new school.
- Measure your furniture
This will be helpful as you plan the details of your move and your new home layout
- Pack your first box
This will help you get the ball rolling, and should consist of the most important documents that you need to have easily accessible, all in one place.
- Backup your files
It’s always good to have copies and backups of important documents
- Determine what type of move
Will you ask friends and family or hire professionals? Will you require storage?
- Sell or Donate Unwanted Items
No need to move extra items
- Request time off work as you’ll see you need it leading up to your move
Consider having time to pack and actually move
- Identify any items that require special packing materials or moving equipment
Oversized items can require special handling
6 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Schedule professional movers
- Begin collecting free moving boxes
Check local listings like Facebook Marketplace, Liquor Stores, and Grocery Stores for freebies
- Label your boxes
You may choose to use colored packing tape to more easily identify boxes that go to specific rooms
- Take pictures of specific items
This can be helpful if you have to file a claim or if you need to remember how to reconnect your electronics
- Take care of any small repairs
Fixing those small blemishes that need to be fixed before move out
- Reserve a storage unit
4 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Get moving coverage
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- Order packing supplies
Give us a call and we’ll quote you supplies
- Make any necessary travel arrangements
Flights, car rentals, hotels, etc.
- Schedule a car tuneup
If you’re driving your car long-distance, be sure all the maintenance work has been taken care of beforehand
- Contact utility service providers to schedule disconnection
If you know your moving date, you can schedule your disconnection ahead of time to avoid overpaying after you’ve moved.
- Fill any necessary prescriptions
With long-distance moves, finding new medical care can take time. Making sure you have all your prescriptions filled can prevent any challenges with medications during that transition.
2 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Change your address
From financial institutions to personal friends and family, you’ll want to make sure you update your address with the people and institutions that need it.
- Cancel any local services or memberships
Canceling local services and memberships can be a challenge from a distance. Taking care of gym memberships, tanning salon memberships, and the like before moving day will prevent additional charges after you’ve moved.
- Begin Packing
You should have your inventory system completed and should begin packing if you haven’t already.
- Plan the final week of meals.
Whether you plan to order in or cook, planning ahead will ensure you don’t find yourself without the cookware you need or on the contrary, end up with extra food that will go to waste.
- Get a babysitter or petsitter
Sometimes it helps to have little ones out of the way and in a safe environment on moving day.
- Plan a going-away party
If you’d like to say farewell to friends and family
1 Week Before Moving Day
- Disassemble furniture
If applicable, and possible
- Begin cleaning big rooms
Even if you’re not looking to get a security deposit back, it can make the property more attractive to potential buyers or renters
- Pack suitcases
For travel days
- Collect keys and garage door openers
It’s better to get them all together ahead of time
- Get cash
Whether it is for tipping movers or in case of a travel emergency, having cash on hand is a good idea
On Moving Day
- Get up on time
No hitting that snooze button
- Clear a path from home to moving truck
You don’t want any trip hazards in the way
- Be available to facilitate loading
Movers may have questions or need guidance
- Tip your movers/helpers
For a job well done
- Order food
Especially if your friends are helping you move
- Do a final walk through of the property
Be sure to leave nothing behind
- Be on your way!