The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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When the purchase agreement is executed:

  • Decide how you will move: Full-service movers, part service movers, or self-moving.
  • Request change of address from the post office and mail forwarding.
  • If full/part service movers, schedule in-home estimates for movers.
  • Request time off for the moving day.
  • Start interviewing schools for kids.
  • Request transcript transfers.
  • Start selling/donating the things you don’t want to take to your new home.
  • Start collecting free boxes from restaurants, grocery, and liquor stores.
  • Start using food from your freezer.
  • Give landlord notice.

3 weeks before your move:

  • Color code and label your boxes with the room, and if items are fragile.
  • Create an inventory sheet of valuable items.
  • Take photos of electronic hookups (tv, dvd, game systems, etc.).
  • Start packing a little every day.
  • If you need to unassemble something that needs to be re-assembled, take pictures of each stage and put any hardware all together in a labeled baggie.
  • Confirm parking options for the moving truck if necessary.
  • Gather important documents and put them in a pouch to take with you on moving day.
  • Find landscaping/gardening/snow removal services in your new neighborhood.
  • Recycle or dispose of corrosive and hazardous materials.

2 weeks before your move:

  • Return any library books and any rented items.
  • Pick Up any clothes at the dry cleaner.
  • Find a new doctor/dentist/vet, etc., in a new neighborhood.
  • Update your voter registration.
  • Transfer/cancel utilities (electric, water, sewer, trash, cable, phone, gas).
  • Update pet ID tags.

1 week before your move:

  • Backup your computer.
  • Fill any prescriptions/transfer prescriptions to a new pharmacy.
  • Arrange a babysitter for moving day.
  • Arrange pet sitting for moving day.
  • Send out your “we’ve moved!” announcement.
  • Change your address with loan providers, credit cards, banks, and payroll dept at work.
  • Order new checks.
  • Change address with government entities: social security, IRS, Dept of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • Change address for auto insurance and car registration.
  • Update your address with Amazon and other online services/monthly subscription boxes.
  • Update your driver’s license.

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