Moving can be stressful for anyone involved and even the thought of beginning the process is daunting to most! We’ve compiled a simple moving checklist to help ease the stress and keep the weeks leading up to the big move organized.
Four Weeks Before Moving
- Aquire the floor plan of your new home and determine what furniture you want to keep.
- Start a list of all household goods that you want to keep. Have a garage sale or donate the items that you do not want anymore.
- If renting, give notice to your landlord.
- Cancel any monthly services. (Many require at least 30 days notice or you will billed for an extra month)
- Seek estimates from several moving companies and choose a mover or reserve a moving van.
- Request time off of work if need be.
- Start collecting boxes, collect all other packing supplies (tape, bubble wrap, newspaper for wrapping, labels, box cutters.)
Three Weeks Before Moving
- Start packing! Remember to label your boxes so you can move and un-pack with ease. Plan on carrying irreplaceable and hard-to-replace items with you.
- Arrange for utilites at your new location.
- Service any vehicles you are using in the move.
- Give out forwarding address.
Two Weeks Before Moving
- Make lodging arrangements if traveling a long distance or if your new home is not in move-in condition.
- Verify move-in date.
- Arrange for a babysitter or petsitter for the day of the move.
One Week Before Moving
- Close or transfer bank account if needed.
- Change address for banks, credit card companies, magazines and newspapers.
- Start cleaning your house throughly or arrange for a house cleaner to come after your move.
- Contact utilites to cancel or transfer accounts. You’ll want utilites on moving day, so arrange to disconnect them after your move date.
- Make arrangements to pay for your move. (For interstate moves you must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded.)
- Deforst and dry refirgerator and freezers to be moved.
- Put together a box filled with moving day necessities including toiletries, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, some dishes and utensils, snacks, medications, tools, and bedding.
- Be available to answer any questions and give directions to the movers and stay until they are finished.
- Do a final walk through of your old residence, checking closets, drawers, etc. for missed items.
- Give your old house keys to the real estate agent or landlord.
- Once at your new house, make note of any damages.
- Test all utilites to make sure they are up and running.
- Begin to upack.
- Lastly, enjoy your new home!