Handy Dandy Moving Checklist


Are you getting ready to make a move? Whether you are buying a new house, selling your current home or moving into a rental, it is best to get prepared as early as possible. Use this handy moving checklist to get organized which will help minimize stress and ensure a smooth transition to your new home!

4) moving checklistAt Least One Month Before the Move

  • Clean out your closets, attic, basement, cupboards, toy chests, and bookshelves.
  • Discard anything you don’t want or need.
  • Consider having a garage sale.
  • Donate unwanted items to charitable organizations (i.e. Goodwill, hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, libraries, and thrift shops). Obtain receipts for tax purposes.
  • Evaluate whether to ship your appliances. Consider age, size and color. If your stove, refrigerator, washer, or dryer won’t match or fit in your new home, consider selling them.
  • Make a complete inventory of items to be moved.
  • Decide if you will move all your plants or just your favorites.
  • Use up your frozen foods and food items that require refrigeration. Unless you have a portable refrigerator/freezer, there is a chance they will spoil in transport.
  • Notify the security-company, lawn or snow removal services or any other regular services or your vacating date.
  • Check your saving and checking accounts. Plan for transfer of deposits so you won’t lose interest. Your bank can be used as a credit reference.
  • Arrange to collect any advance deposits or security deposits on utilities or rentals.
  • Check your homeowners insurance. Any prepaid balance may be applied to your new residence. Be sure to coordinate with your insurance carrier so you new residence is covered immediately.
  • Check with your veterinarian or kennel regarding any travel preparation needed for your pets.
  • Register children for school; transfer all necessary school records.
  • Plan shipment date to occur after closing on your new home.
  • Start collecting boxes and packing items you don’t need on a daily basis. Tackle one room at a time.


2) groupingAt Least Two Weeks Before the Move

  • Contact telephone, electric, gas, and water companies to confirm specific date on which to discontinue services.
  • Advise utility companies in your new location when to start new services.
  • Check new driver’s license and auto registration requirements.
  • Advise landscaper, newspaper carrier and trash service when to discontinue services.
  • If moving out of the area, ask your present physicians(s) and dentist for referrals in the new location.
  • Transfer medical records and get copies of prescriptions. If family members have any ongoing medical or dental treatment programs, arrange for the payments to be pro-rated with the professional in your new  area.
  • Transfer insurance records. Verify that all your policies provide adequate coverage for your new location.
  • Arrange for the transfer of valuables. Check contents of your safe deposit box.
  • DO NOT SHIP any valuables (such as jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, currency, stamp and coin collections) with the moving company. Either carry them with you or send the by insured or certified mail.
  • Continue packing personal items and wrapping fragile items. Group and label packed items according to where they will be in the new house. This allows for easier unpacking.


ReceiptsOne Week Before the Move

  • Keep a detailed record and receipts of your moving expenses for income tax purposes. This includes transportation, lodging, meals, etc.
  • €Drain gas and oil from lawn mowers, chain saws, snow blowers, etc. Gas grills and kerosene heaters must be empty.
  • Check to make sure you didn’t leave anything at the dry cleaners.
  • Put linens and pillows in the dresser drawers to have handy for making up your beds the first night in your new home.
  • Place draperies lengthwise on hangers and hang in closet. The movers will place them in wardrobe cartons.
  • Prepare a “ready box” with all the necessary medications and first aid supplies.
  • Prepare the children for the move and trip by providing them with a “ready box” with their own special treasures. Include toys and games and snacks for your trip.
  • Defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer at least 24 hours in advance of the move.
  • Keep your telephone connected through your moving day.
  • Make a list of things you will need up to the day of the move including, personal items, hygiene supplies, meals and cutlery (buy paper plates and cups so you don’t have to worry about cleaning and transporting dishes.
  • Complete a change of address form with the post office.


5) Moving TruckDay Before the Move

  • The packing crew usually arrives the day before the van is loaded. Be sure someone is on site to supervise the packing.
  • If using movers, record your inventory and if possible, take pictures of all your belongings. Unfortunately things get lost damaged and sometimes stolen during a move. This will ensure you have a record of items in case a claim needs to be made after the move.
  • Pack any valuables you intend to take with you. Load these items into your car to travel with you.
  • Make sure fragile items receive special attention. Label each carton with the contents and location in the new home.
  • Gather keys to the house and arrange to leave them with the new owners, your real estate agent, landlord or a trusted neighbor.
  • Notify a close friend or relative of your itinerary in case of emergency.


3) moversDay of Move Out

  • Check the mover’s inventory to be sure that you agree with the mover’s judgment on the condition of your household goods.
  • Make sure you get a copy of their inventory record and make sure it matches yours.
  • Search every room before the van leaves.
  • Check the Bill of Lading for completeness before you sign it. Retain a copy for your records.
  • Record the van driver’s name and give him contact numbers at the destination. Confirm directions to the new residence with your driver.
  • Turn off the water heater. Set the thermostat at 55 degrees.
  • If renting, once home is empty, go back and clean, hire someone to clean and follow repair and maintenance guidelines in your lease to ensure you get your full security deposit back.


6) Day OfDay of Move In

  • Get to your new home before the movers. There could be a waiting charge if you are late.
  • Contact the utility companies to verify start dates.
  • Check appliances, furnace and hot water heater. Contact a repair service if something is not working.
  • Check the condition of each carton and household items as they are unloaded.
  • List all missing or damaged items on the inventory form.
  • Since you will probably do some unpacking after the movers leave, make a note on the inventory form “subject to inspection for loss or concealed damage”.
  • Ask mail carrier if he or she is holding any mail for your arrival.


7) SettlingAfter You Are Settled

  • Obtain necessary licenses; drivers, dog, etc.
  • Register car at new address (usually there is a penalty if you wait too long).
  • Contact newspapers, dairy, etc., for home delivery.
  • Register to vote.