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Moving can be a stressful process, but with a great checklist, you'll be well-prepared and organized for a successful move.
Here's a comprehensive moving checklist to help ensure your move is as smooth and stress-free as possible (printable version at the bottom of this page)
Here are some helpful tips:
2 Months Before Moving Day:
- Research moving companies and get quotes from at least three different movers.
- Check with your employer if they have any relocation benefits that could help with the moving process.
- Create a moving binder or folder to keep track of important documents related to your move.
- Sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep, donate, or sell.
- Plan a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity.
- Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
- If you have kids, start researching schools in your new area.
6 Weeks Before Moving Day:
- Book your preferred moving company and schedule the move date.
- Notify your landlord or property manager of your move-out date.
- Start gathering moving supplies such as boxes, packing tape, markers, bubble wrap, and newspaper.
- Begin packing non-essential items such as seasonal clothing, books, and decor.
- Label boxes with the contents and the room they will go in.
- Contact your utility providers to arrange for the disconnection and reconnection of services in your new home.
- Update your address with the post office, banks, credit cards, and other important accounts.
- Notify your doctor, dentist, and other healthcare providers of your move.
4 Weeks Before Moving Day:
- Confirm the details with your moving company and review the contract.
- Start packing items that you use less frequently.
- Make arrangements for the transportation of your pets and plants.
- Arrange for cleaning services for your current home and your new home.
- Arrange for childcare or pet-sitting services on moving day.
- Confirm that all necessary documents, such as insurance policies and medical records, have been transferred to your new address.
2 Weeks Before Moving Day:
- Finish packing all non-essential items.
- Confirm the details of your move with your moving company, including the arrival time and the number of movers who will be present.
- Make arrangements for the disconnection and reconnection of cable and internet services.
- Dispose of hazardous materials such as paint, chemicals, and propane tanks.
- Confirm the delivery of your new home's keys.
1 Week Before Moving Day:
- Pack an essentials box with items you'll need right away at your new home, such as toiletries, clothes, and kitchen essentials.
- Confirm the moving day details with your family and friends who are helping you move.
- Prepare and label any items that require special handling or that you will be transporting yourself.
- Take apart any large furniture that you're moving and wrap it in plastic wrap to protect it during the move.
- Confirm the payment details with your moving company.
- Walk through your home one last time to ensure nothing is left behind.
- Check your inventory list and make sure all items are accounted for.
- Direct the movers to where the boxes should go in your new home.
- After everything has been unloaded, do a final check of your new home to make sure everything is in good condition.
- Unpack your essentials box and start settling in.
To Download a printable version of this checklist, click here.
We hope you’ll find the information helpful as you progress towards your move.