Alleviate stress with our moving checklist

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Your home is SOLD!  
Now what?  Start planning your move 1-2 months ahead of time.
  • [ ]  Plan your moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc) and get cost estimates
  • [ ]  See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits
  • [ ]  Research storage facilities if needed
  • [ ]  Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new place[ ]Phone     [ ]Internet [ ]Cable [ ]Water [ ]Garbage [ ]Gas [ ]Electric
  • [ ]  Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables
  • [ ]  Schedule transfer of records, (medical, children in school, etc.)
  • [ ]  Get copies of any records needed (medical, dental, etc.)
  • [ ]  Acquire packing materials (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)
  • [ ]  Make any home repairs that you have committed to making
  • [ ]  Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items 3-4 weeks before moving
  • [ ]  Begin packing non-essential items
  • [ ]  Label boxes by room and contents
  • [ ]  Separate valuable items to transport yourself – label as DO NOT MOVE
  • [ ]  Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts and essential tools that you will want to keep with you on move day – label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE
  • [ ]  Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online
  • [ ]  Provide important contacts with your new address: [ ] Employers [ ] Family & Friends [ ] Attorney [ ] Accountant [ ] Bank
  • [ ]  Notify your insurance and credit card companies about change of address
  • [ ]  Cancel automated payment plans and local accounts/memberships if necessary
  • [ ]  Take your vehicle(s) in for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling very far


MOVING checklist 1-2 weeks before move.

Start planning your move 1-2 months prior to moving day

  • [ ]  Pack items separately that you will need right away at your new place
  • [ ]  Plan to take the day off for moving day
  • [ ]  Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip
  • [ ]  Make sure your prescriptions are filled
  • [ ]  Empty out your safe deposit box, secure those items for safe travel
  • [ ]  Schedule cancellation of services for your old place
  • [ ]  Newspaper
  • [ ]  Housecleaning [ ] Lawn/garden
  • [ ]  Pool
  • [ ]  Water Delivery
  • [ ]  Check your furniture for damages – note damages on your inventory
  • [ ]  Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete
  • [ ]  Get rid of flammables such as paint, propane, and gasoline2-4 Days before move
  • [ ]  Confirm all moving details and that you have necessary paperwork
  • [ ]  Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move
  • [ ]  Plan when/how to pick up the truck (if rented)
  • [ ]  Prepare for the moving expenses (moving, food, lodging)
  • [ ]  Continue cleaning the house as you are packing
  • [ ]  Defrost your freezer and clean the fridge
  • [ ]  Make sure essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc)
  • [ ]  Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and essentials
  • [ ]  Set aside boxes/items that you are moving yourself (make sure you’ll have room)
  • [ ]  Remove bedding and take apart beds
  • [ ]  Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one
  • [ ]  Take movers/helpers through the house to inform them of what to do
  • [ ]  Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind – look behind doors
  • [ ]  Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail
  • [ ]  Take inventory before movers leave, sign bill of lading
  • [ ]  Lock the windows and doors, turn off the lights
  • [ ]  Use a padlock to lock up a rented truck At your new place
  • [ ]  Verify utilities are working – especially power, water, heating, and cooling
  • [ ]  Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed
  • [ ]  Clean the kitchen and vacuum as needed
  • [ ]  Direct movers/helpers where to put things
  • [ ]  Offer drinks and snacks, especially if the helpers are volunteers
  • [ ]  Assemble beds with bedding
  • [ ]  Begin unpacking, starting with kitchen, bathroom and other essentials


MOVING IN – Weeks 1-2

  • [ ]  Check for damages while unpacking, be aware of deadline for insurance claims
  • [ ]  Replace locks if necessary and make at least 2 copies of your new keys
  • [ ]  Confirm that mail is now arriving at your new address
  • [ ]  Make sure your previous utilities have been paid for and cancelled
  • [ ]  Complete your change of address checklist
  • [ ]  Bank(s)
  • [ ]  Credit Cards

  • [ ]  Loans

  • [ ]  Insurance

  • [ ]  Pension plans [ ] Attorney

  • [ ]  Accountant

  • [ ]  Physicians

  • [ ]  Family support

  • [ ]  Newspapers [ ] Magazines

  • [ ]  Licenses

  • [ ]  Memberships

  • [ ]  Update your homeowners insurance as needed




1. Spread out the move out over a couple days. Moving an entire house in one day makes for very exhausted and grumpy parents.  It is more work than anyone should do.  If you are moving locally, see if you can get into your new house just a few days early, it is worth every penny.  Moving room by room is one thousand times better than trying to sort out a sea of boxes.  It makes for an easier transition for the littlest members of your family, too.

2. Hire multiple babysitters or enlist family and friends to help.  Hype up a play date extravaganza week for the kids.  Pick their most favorite people and friends to watch them for short or long stretches depending on their ages.  Trying to do anything on a timed schedule with kids around is near impossible and having kids gone will let you go at lightning speed.  Also enlist helpers for after the move, which will be a life saver when you really need to get settled and make your space finally feel like home.

3. Make a check list and give everyone a job.  Most small children worry about if all the things they care about will make it during a move.  Make a check list with your kids listing the things most important to them.  Pack the “special box” together and take it in your car if at all possible.  Pretend like you are going on vacation; pack a bag of snacks and loot to pull out in difficult moments or to buy some needed busy time. Give kids simple jobs to keep them feeling connected and part of the decision to move. Call family meetings to check-in with each member about how things are going and what everyone might need throughout the move.

5. Don’t wait to make connections.  Find local list services, co-ops and other neighborhood connections that might make your transition and introduction to your new place smoother.  Introduce yourself on the block or floor as soon as you can, knowing your neighbor is the best way to get the lay of the land.


Utilities & Services

WaterTelephoneCable ServiceFuel
Appliance Service

Professional Services

Dentist PublicationsLawyer


Change of Address

Business AssociatesAthletic & Health ClubsNewspaperMagazines
Mail order
Post Office

Business Accounts

Banks, Credit CardsFinance CompaniesCharge Accounts

Insurance Companies

Personal PropertyBusiness ProfessionalAuto, Home Owners

Government Offices

Health and Hospital InsVehicle RegistrationIncome Tax

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