Moving Checklist Guide

    A young couple relaxing on a sofa and texting after moving into a house.

    Preparing to move is both an exciting and stressfull event and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Use this helpful timeline to guide you through the move to your new home, without forgetting any details.

    • Sort and purge. Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Donate items to your favorite charity or plan a moving sale.
    • Contact Moving Companies. Request quotes from several moving companies. Ask them to come out to your home for an on-site estimate so there are no last minute added fees. Does there quote include boxes and supplies? If not, make a note to order boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. Once you have selected a moving company, get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
    • Create a moving binder. Use this binder to keep track of everything—all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.
    • Organize school records. Go to your child’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district
    • Take measurements. Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door
    • Begin packing. Start packing the things that you don’t use very often, like the waffle iron and croquet set.
    • Label. Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Place a special mark on boxes of items you’ll need right away.
    • Separate valuables. Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
    • File a change of address. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at usps.gov. In case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with him or her two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.
    • Notify important parties. Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies.
    • Tune up. Take your car to a garage, and ask the mechanic to consider what services might be needed if you’re moving to a new climate.
    • Refill prescriptions. Stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.
    • Pack your suitcases. Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
    • Double-check the details. Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the staff. Include contact information, such as your cell phone number.

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