Preparing to move out is a daunting task. There are so many things to keep track of during the moving process, and it can take weeks of arrangements to make sure you are set to move into your new house. If you’re feeling stressed, calm your nerves by reviewing the ultimate moving checklist below for the tasks you need to complete and a time frame of when you need to complete them after you set a moving date. This is also a free printable moving checklist, so be sure to print it out and check things off as you complete them.
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Eight Weeks Out
- Sort and Purge: Before you start donate those to give new homes. In addition to this, be sure to mark any fragile or expensive “keep” items that may need special packaging or extra insurance coverage., make sure everything you’re taking with you is a forever item. Sort through all like a closet, crawl space, and/or and divide items out into “want” and “don’t want.” Maybe even plan a / or
- Create a : Once you’ve sorted through your home, it’s smart to set a budget for your move and decide if certain items are essential to take with you.
- Hire Movers: Whether you want to hire companies and their policies. Some important information to look for: the mover’s U.S. Department of Transportation license number; if the company is bonded; if the company is licensed for interstate moves. You may also want to request an in-home estimate to make sure you’re receiving the best prices. through a or handle the move yourself is entirely up to you. However, if you decide to hire , be sure to thoroughly research several
- Obtain Your Records: Contact your doctor/dentist/etc. to notify them of your move and request copies of your family’s medical records. They might even be able to provide you with recommendations for new physicians once you’re moved in. Don’t forget to do this with your pet’s records as well! If you have children, be sure to contact their school to receive their transcripts and initiate transfers of their school records to their new school(s).
- Take Time Off: Once you know your move date, it’s smart to plan, make , and take time off work so you can move with less added stress.
: Read through contracts thoroughly. They may seem intimidating or look like a headache to read through, but you want to be aware of your ‘s policies and prices.
Six Weeks Out
- Solidify Travel Arrangements: Find lodging if you need to break up a drive over a long distance or if your new home won’t be ready as soon as you arrive. Schedule and confirm flight plans if your traveling by plane to your or town.
- Collect : Cardboard boxes in various sizes, specialty boxes, , paper, going to need it all! , check with local grocery stores or book stores for boxes they are getting rid of before buying new ones. Not to mention, towels, socks, and rags all make great and that will keep breakables safe in boxes without costing you more money.
- Insurance: As the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Look into getting insurance, especially to provide coverage over your . In addition to this, it’s smart to contact insurance agents to see if your move requires alterations to your medical, vehicle, or property insurance.
- Start ! It may feel like the move is far off but, it’s better to pack a little each day than to rush through it all last minute.
- Label: Mark your boxes with specific and handled appropriately on days. labels such as different colored stickers or tape that correspond to your house’s different rooms. This makes it easier to determine where things going when you’re into your . Also, mark any boxes filled with so they can be stacked appropriately in the
- Inventory: Keep a of each , the items it contains, and the room it belongs in so you can later match it to your ‘s sheet. This makes sure all items are packed and will end up in their proper location. It’s also important to keep a private list of all your and which boxes they are in to ensure they all make it safely to your destination.
- Take Photos: Before you pack up electronics, take photos of their wires for easy set-up once you’re in your . Also, put any hardware or electronic equipment into labeled baggies for quick arrangement and reassembly.
- Keep Documents such as birth certificates, passports, and other records, out of boxes and by your side. On You:
One Month Out
- Contact Utility Companies: You do not want to be paying a water bill for water you’re no longer using. Make sure to notify your utility companies of your move, so they disconnect services the day after you’re gone. That being said, be sure also to contact the utility companies in your new city to ensure things like water and electricity will be functioning when you arrive.
- Clear Out Food: In a month, you’ll be out of your current house and into a new one, so start using up the food stored in your freezer, pantry, and refrigerator. Consider donating to local food banks.
- Check Your Car: Especially if you are traveling across states for your move, bring your car in for any necessary oil changes, tire fixes, or other tune-ups to ensure it survives the trip.
- Change Your Address: Visit USPS.gov or your local post office to officially change your address by filling out an address form. Also, be sure to notify banks, credit card companies, subscription services, memberships, etc., of your move and your . It might be useful to leave your forwarding address with a neighbor in case bills, or packages get sent to your old address by mistake.
Two Weeks Out
- Double Check Your Plans: This is the perfect time to double-check your checklists to confirm the movers, that you have insurance coverage for , that you have obtained all records, that all are covered, etc.
- : Now is the time to pay it forward to your current house’s future residents. Make a or binder with warranty information, manuals, and other house-specific information to pass along to its new owners.
One Week Out
- Trash/Recycling Services: Now is a good time to cancel your current trash and recycling services and plan them for your .
- Prescriptions: Fill any last-minute prescriptions you might need while and be sure to transfer them over to the pharmacy in your new location.
- Finish : Pack your travel bag and finalize any general household : you might have. Make sure everything you need is in your travel bag. Here are some essentials to keep on you and off the
- change of clothes
- credit cards
- all chargers
- and other toiletries like toothpaste
- basic tools
- a tape measure
- paper towels
- basic cleaning supplies
- any you kept off of the .
- Unplug and Clean: Unplug appliances and clean your house! Whether it’s because you’re taking your appliances with you or leaving them to the new residents, take this opportunity to get these appliances in good, clean shape. , make sure to let your freezer thaw and completely dry refrigerators if you are taking any with you for the move.
- Confirm the Movers: It seems tedious but be sure to call your once again to go over final price estimates, a phone number for day-of contact, and to confirm the crew’s arrival time for .
- One Last Donation: You have been sorting through your house for weeks, so now is the time to make your last donation of clothing, furniture, food, or any other .
- Disposal of Prohibited Items: Most companies don’t allow boxes that contain paint, aerosol cans, matches, alcohol, and other chemicals. Make sure to properly dispose of these items or plan to move them yourself.
- Get the Keys! You’re so close to being in your . Be sure to arrange a way to obtain the keys to your new home before arrival or schedule a time to meet the realtor when you move into your new home.
The time has come to move out of your old house and turn the key to your new one! Here are some things to remember on the :
- Meet the Movers: Confirm that the ‘s U.S. Department of Transportation license number is the same as the one on your estimate. Also, be sure to supervise the load-in to ensure no damage is done to your furniture and other items while they are being hauled into the or .
- One Final Walk-Through: Check cabinets and rooms for forgotten items, tidy up each room, lock windows and doors, turn off lights and ceiling fans, and lastly, say a final goodbye to your old house.
You’ve arrived at your new home, but the work is not done yet! Here are some things to remember when setting up your :
- Clean: Before setting down furniture, be sure to sweep, mop, and dust your house, so no extra work comes once the furniture is in.
- Roll Out the Carpet Protector: Be sure that a plastic carpet protector is laid out in your to protect your floors while in boxes and furniture.
- Supervise the Move-In: Show the crew around, , and point them in the direction of which boxes belong in which rooms. Also, the crew will have an called the “bill of lading” that notes your items’ conditions, including any damage. Be sure to check this over with them.
- Pay and Tip the Movers: Pay the movers what you owe, and if they did a good job, a 10-15% tip is customary.
- Start Unpacking and Assembling Furniture: You have arrived and facilitated a successful move. Now it’s time to make this house your home!