Getting Prepared To Move

Feeling overwhelmed by all the things you have to get done before you move? Well take a deep breath and relax because here is a checklist for all of your moving to-do’s. This checklist has from one month prior to moving all the way until you are unpacking.

One month before moving

  • Change your address with the post office and IRS

  • Hire a moving company or rent a moving vehicle

  • Transfer or get copies of medical records (and school records if you have children).

  • Update your insurance policies (Home, auto etc.)

  • Check with your insurance company to see if your belongings are covered during the move.

  • Cancel your plans with cable, telephone, newspaper, lawn,  and home security companies

  • Change your address with magazine and newspaper subscriptions and creditors.

2 Weeks Prior to moving

  • Cancel utility service for the day after your move date.

  • Purchase packing supplies (boxes, tape, markers, and so on).

  • Make travel arrangements on moving day and any special arrangements for small children and/or pets

  • Start packing, boxing items systematically and labeling them accordingly. If you can, type out a list of what general items are in each box so you have a master list.

** Neat Note** Set aside items you will need immediately and make a note to load this box up last.

1 Week Prior to moving

  • Confirm reservation with moving company or rental truck company.

  • Gather and set aside important documents (don’t pack these—carry them with you during the move)

  • Close/transfer bank accounts (if switching banks) and order checks with your new address.

  • Send out change of address cards to friends, relatives, neighbors and organizations

  • Clean! (appliances, carpet, walls)

Day before the move

  • Take out cash to give as tips to the movers (if you hired)

  • Buy bottles of water for you and anyone helping you

  • Pack the last of your items and leave out one small suitcase for your pajamas and toiletries.

MOVING DAY!

  • Write down utility meter readings to check against final bill.

  • Supervise movers (if you hired) and confirm final details (address, delivery time, and so on).

  • Arrive at your new house before the movers do.

  • Let a friend or family member know your travel plans.

After you have moved

  • Change your address with DMV— update driver’s license and plates (if moving out of state). Allow about two weeks for arrival.

  • Change your address with your employer

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