Moving Checklist

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1-2 Months Before Move
[  ] Create binder/folder for moving records (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.)
[  ] Plan method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc) and get estimates
[  ] See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits
[  ] Research storage facilities needed
[  ] Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new locations
     [  ] Phone   [  ] Internet   [  ] Cable   [  ] Water   [  ] Trash   [  ] Gas    [  ] Electric  [  ] Alarm

[  ] Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables
[  ] Create floor plan or sketch of furniture arrangement in new location
[  ] Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or trash unnecessary items
[  ] Schedule transfer of records (medical, school children, etc.)
[  ] Get copies of records needed (medical, dental, etc.)
[  ] Acquire packing materials (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)
[  ] Make any home repairs that you committed to make
[  ] Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items
[  ] Get things back that you have lent out
[  ] Start using up stored foods   


3-4 Weeks Before Move
[  ] Finalize moving method and make necessary arrangements
[  ] Begin packing non-essential items
[  ] Label all boxes by room and contents
[  ] Separate valuable items to self-carry & label as DO NOT MOVE
[  ] Create box for storing pieces, parts and essential tools
     to keep with you on move day - label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE

[  ] Create an inventory list of items and box contents, including serial numbers
     of major items -update your home inventory

[  ] Fill out Change of Address form at a post office or USPS.com
[  ] Provide important contacts with your new address:
     [  ] Employers   [  ] Family & Friends   [  ] Attorney   [  ] Accountant   [  ] Others

[  ] Notify your insurance and credit card companies of change of address
[  ] Cancel automatic payments and memberships needed
[  ] Take your vehicle(s) in for service or a tune-up


1-2 Weeks Before Move
[  ] Continue to pack and clean
[  ] Pack items separately that need quick access at new place
[  ] Plan to take the day off for moving day
[  ] Find useful activities to involve your children in move process
[  ] Select babysitter for small children on move day
[  ] Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip
[  ] Reconfirm all moving vendor arrangements
[  ] Fill medication prescriptions
[  ] Empty out your safe deposit box, secure those items for safe travel
[  ] Schedule service cancellations for old location
     [  ] Newspaper   [  ] Housecleaning   [  ] Lawn   [  ] Pool   [  ] Water Delivery

[  ] Check your furniture for damages - note damages on your inventory
[  ] Take furniture apart if necessary (desks, shelves, etc.)
[  ] Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete
[  ] Notify credit card companies of move and account activity
[  ] Discard flammables (paint, propane, gasoline, etc.)
[  ] Use up perishable foods

2-4 Days Before Move
[  ] Confirm all moving details and necessary paperwork
[  ] Make a moving day schedule
[  ] Plan when/how to pick up rented truck and buy padlock
[  ] Prepare for moving expenses (moving, food, lodging)
[  ] Clean and discard items as you pack boxes
[  ] Defrost your freezer and clean refrigerator
[  ] Prepare kit of essential tools to be handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc)
[  ] Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and essentials
[  ] Set aside boxes/items for self-carry and make sure you have room


Moving Day
[  ] Remove bedding and take apart beds
[  ] Pick up rented truck if applicable
[  ] Walk movers/helpers through house to instruct them
[  ] Do walk through of empty place for things left (look behind doors & check attic)
[  ] Leave new contact info with new residents for mail received
[  ] ake inventory before movers leave, sign bill of lading
[  ] Make sure your movers have correct new address
[  ] Lock the windows and doors, turn off the lights
[  ] Use a padlock to lock up a rented truck
     At your new place …

[  ] Verify utilities are working - electricity, water, heat, and air
[  ] Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed
[  ] Clean kitchen and vacuum house
[  ] Direct movers/helpers where things go
[  ] Supply drinks and snacks to helpers and volunteers
[  ] Assemble beds with bedding
[  ] Begin unpacking in kitchen, bathroom and of essentials


Moving In - Weeks 1-2
[  ] Check for damage while unpacking  - file insurance claim if needed
[  ] Change locks and make 2-3 copies of new keys
[  ] Confirm mail is arriving at your new address
[  ] Make sure your final utilities bills are paid on old location
[  ] Complete your change of address checklist  
     [  ] Bank(s)   [  ] Credit Cards   [  ] IRS   [  ] Loans   [  ] Insurance   [  ] Pension plans
     [  ] Attorney   [  ] Accountant   [  ] Physicians   [  ] Family
     [  ] Newspapers   [  ] Magazines   [  ] Licenses   [  ] Memberships

[  ] Get new drivers license and update vehicle registration(s)
[  ] Get new phonebooks
[  ] Find new doctors, dentists, etc, in area
[  ] After unpacking, update home inventory and take room photos
[  ] Update renters or homeowners insurance needed