Whether you are more than a month from moving or tomorrow is moving day, below is a move checklist to help make your move as easy as possible.
One month or more before the move
- Research moving companies, checking references, obtaining written estimates as well as pickup and delivery dates. Check the maximum insurance coverage offered.
- Arrange to rent a storage facility if you plan on storing any of your possessions.
- Contact your bank to arrange transfer of your accounts, order checks with your new address and remove any contents you may have in a safety deposit box.
- Contact your insurance companies to change property, auto and medical policies.
- Submit change-of-address forms to the post office.
- Contact your doctor and other medical providers for your medical records.
- Notify your children’s schools and day care centers, arrange for transfer of their records.
- Cancel all subscriptions to newspapers and other publications.
- Begin gathering boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags, and markers for packing.
Two weeks before the move:
- Contact telephone, electric, gas, water, and disposal companies to discontinue services.
- Begin packing items that are used less often, numbering and labeling each box and keeping an inventory.
- Measure all of the rooms in your new residence and use floor plans to determine where all of your belongings will go.
- Check requirements in your new community for new driver’s licenses, auto registration and tags.
One week before the move:
- Confirm arrangements and dates with moving, storage, auto and pet transportation companies as well as hotel, rental car or temporary housing accommodations.
- Make an inventory list of all of the items that will be going with you personally, such as valuable and irreplaceable items. Or you may want to send such items by insured registered mail.
- Disassemble furniture or other such items, including rugs and draperies.
- Check yard and outdoor buildings, including sheds, shops and garages, for all items to pack.
- Organize a “survival box” for the move, which includes but is not limited to: paper, pens, stamps, envelopes, cellophane and heavy-duty tape, cleaning supplies, scissors, tape measure, paper cups, plastic bags of all sizes, paper plates and towels, plastic utensils, a can opener, facial and toilet tissue, instant coffee or tea, cream and sugar, soap, aspirin, band aids, bottled water, a travel alarm clock, flashlight, a small tools kit, trash bags, snacks or drinks, children’s games, address book, spare car keys, and phone books for the city you are leaving as well as the city you are moving to.
One or Two days before the move:
- Make sure all household goods are properly packed and boxes clearly labeled by movers, thereby able to be removed from the house in an orderly fashion.
- Clean and defrost all refrigerators and freezers, placing deodorizer inside.
- Reconcile and close bank accounts, unless you are planning to use a different branch of the same bank in your new community.
- Thoroughly clean the home, yard and entire grounds, making sure to pack everything you are taking, that all windows or doors are closed and locked, and all appliances are turned off.
- Record the van driver’s name and confirm the delivery address, directions and delivery date with movers.
- Turn off the water heater and set the thermostat at 55 degrees.
- Supervise movers on where items and boxes should be placed; checking for damaged items and other issues that may have occurred during the moving process. Begin unpacking the essentials first, such as basic kitchen utensils or bath toiletries.
- Check to make sure all of the utilities in the new home are turned on and working properly. Contact a repair person if there are any problems. Research moving companies, checking references, obtaining written estimates as well as pickup and delivery dates. Check the maximum insurance coverage offered.