A Complete Checklist to Review Before Moving

We’ve all been there before. Moving is an incredibly stressful, time-consuming process that requires a lot of organization. When you’re getting ready to move, it’s best to accept that there will be some stress involved. If you recognize from the start that you’re going to get stressed out now and then, you’re less likely to allow the stress to set you back when the time comes. Even when things get hard, don’t forget that moving to a new place is an exciting time! You’re bound to create memories, and if you follow our complete moving checklist, you’ll have everything done between now and the big day. So what needs to be done aside from packing everything into boxes? 

2 months before moving day! 

You’re roughly two months away from the big day. It’s time to start planning ahead so you’re prepared: 

  • Schedule in-home visits with a moving company: If you’re choosing to use a moving company, now is a good time to schedule a few in-home visits to get a feel for each company and their price range. 
  • Develop a realistic budget for moving expenses: Once you’ve chosen a moving company, you can start budgeting for all of the upcoming expenses. Include the moving company, as well as any packing materials, gas, etc. 
  • Ask your employer for a few days off: If you can, it’s nice to have a few days off after you move. If you move at the end of the week, you’ll have the weekend and any additional days requested to get utilities and other factors in order.
  • Look at schools if necessary: If you have kids, make sure you’re researching schools in the area. A quick search online should find what district you’re in. Choose the best school and make an appointment to visit them.  
  • Start planning a garage sale: When you’re packing, you’re bound to find items or pieces of furniture that you don’t want to bring with you. Consider planning a garage sale to get rid of anything extra. 
  • Think about any fragile or large items: Make sure you’ve planned for any fragile or large items, such as pianos or pool tables, that need to be moved by qualified movers separate from your moving company. 

1 month before moving day! 

When you’ve only got 30 days or so before moving day, it’s time to make sure you’re ready. 

  • Get together with local friends and family: If you’re moving far away, this is especially important as you don’t want to forget spending time with loved ones before you move. 
  • Gather any important documents in one place: Chances are, you have legal and/or financial records that shouldn’t be lost during the move. Make sure you’re gathering them in one place before you pack everything up. 
  • Finish up any local errands: Think about any local errands you need to finish – from returning library books to picking up clothes from the dry cleaner. You’ll want to get this finished up before you get too close to your moving day. 
  • Decide on medical resources in your new location: Spend some time looking into dentists, doctors, and other important medical resources in your new location so you’re not left without care. 
  • Plan your route to your new location: If you’re moving long distance, make sure you’re planning your route to your new location, including any hotel or restaurant stops.
  • Look into utilities: You’ll need to plan any necessary utilities, such as electricity, Internet, cable, and other important utilities in your new neighborhood, in order to ensure they’re set up efficiently once you move in. 

2 weeks before moving day! 

It’s almost time to move! You’re probably starting to feel a bit nervous and excited, and that’s okay, but make sure you’re prepared with last-minute details. 

  • Make arrangements for childcare: If you have kids, consider making arrangements for childcare a day or two before you’re moving to ensure the process isn’t stressful. 
  • Change your address with all relevant providers: Make sure you let any relevant providers know about your new address. This includes credit cards, banks, and the payroll department at your place of work. 
  • Get your mail forwarded: Go to the post office and ask them to forward your mail to your new address. This will ensure if you’ve forgotten to change your address with anyone, you’ll still get your mail. 
  • Transfer any insurance policies: If you have homeowners or renters’ insurance, transfer the policy to your new address so you’re covered if anything happens shortly after you move in. 
  • Update any relevant personal documents: Your driver’s license, for example, needs to be updated within a certain time-frame after you move to a new address. 

5-7 days before moving day! 

Once you’re less than a week away from moving day, the stress starts getting a bit more intense. But don’t forget to follow this list. 

  • Clean your current home: Whether you’re currently renting and another tenant is moving in or you’re selling your own home, make sure you clean thoroughly before you move. 
  • Take care of any last-minute appliance needs: Unplug your fridge and freezer, drain the hose to your washing machine, and overall, take care of any last-minute appliance needs. 
  • Perform a final walk-through of the property: If you’re renting, the landlord may require a final walk-through with you. If you’ve sold the property, it’s still courteous to make sure you’re checking everything one last time. 
  • Fill a box with any essentials you’ll need: You don’t want to get to your new home and find out all of your essentials, such as medications, are somewhere in a mound of boxes. 

If you follow the checklist above, moving day should be relatively easy and stress-free. Don’t forget to tip your movers and thank your real estate agent or new landlord for helping you out! 

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