Moving Checklist

This comprehensive moving checklist will help you stay organized and ensure a smooth transition to your new home. Tailor it to your specific needs and timeline to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Before the Move:

1. Eight Weeks Before the Move

  • Decide on your moving date.
  • Research and hire a reputable moving company if needed.
  • Create a moving folder to keep all documents and receipts.
  • Start decluttering and donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need.
  • Notify your current and future schools, doctors, and other service providers about your upcoming move.
  • Obtain necessary moving supplies, such as boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap.

2. Six Weeks Before the Move

  • Begin packing items you don’t frequently use.
  • Label boxes with their contents and the room they belong to.
  • Create an inventory list of your belongings.
  • Notify your utility companies to disconnect services at your current home and set up utilities at your new place.

3. Four Weeks Before the Move

  • Contact your insurance provider to transfer or acquire new insurance policies.
  • Confirm the moving date with your chosen moving company.
  • Notify friends and family about your move and your new address.
  • Keep packing and labeling boxes.

4.Three Weeks Before the Move

  • Complete a change of address form with the postal service.
  • Notify banks, credit card companies, and subscriptions of your new address.
  • Pack a separate box with essential items you’ll need immediately upon arrival.
  • If you have pets, make travel arrangements for them.

5. Two Weeks Before the Move

  • Confirm travel arrangements for yourself and your family.
  • Return library books and other borrowed items.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials safely.
  • Disassemble and prepare large furniture pieces for the move.
  • Update your driver’s license and vehicle registration if moving to a different state.

6. One Week Before the Move

  • Pack a suitcase with clothes and toiletries for the first few days at your new home.
  • Defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Confirm details with your moving company.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn equipment and vehicles.

Moving Day:

1. Moving Day:

  • Double-check that everything is packed and loaded onto the moving truck.
  • Carry important documents, valuable items, and your essentials box with you.
  • Take final meter readings and photos of the old property for reference.
  • Lock up and leave the keys or instructions for the new occupants.

After the Move:

1. After the Move:

  • Unpack and settle into your new home.
  • Update your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
  • Register to vote if you’ve moved to a new state.
  • Explore your new neighborhood and get to know your surroundings.
  • Begin the process of updating your address for bills, subscriptions, and official documents.
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