Moving Day Checklist

Moving Day Checklist

  • Lori Rowe
  • 10/7/20

Moving is hard, here is a checklist to make it a little easier!


30 to 15 days before moving:

  • Sell, or give away, anything you don't want to move.
  • Plan a garage sale.
  • Make a list of everything to be moved.
  • Call several movers to get cost estimates.
  • Consider obtaining insurance on movables.
  • Estimate packing materials needed and purchase them (boxes, tape, etc.).
  • Pick up a "Change of Address Moving Kit" from the Post Office.
  • Gather and store dental, medical, and pet veterinary records.
  • Ask for professional referrals for new doctors, dentists, and veterinarians.
  • Contact children's school and have transcripts forwarded.
  • For tax purposes, keep a record of all moving expenses and keep receipts of any items you donate to charity.

14 days before moving:

  • Pick one room at a time and label all boxes as to contents and the room in your new home they should be placed in.  Label furniture with the name of the room it should be placed in.
  • Check to see if your large appliances need special preparation to be moved.
  • Send out change of address cards, especially to old and new neighborhood post offices.
  • If car is being towed, arrange for a tow bar-Make certain you return items you've borrowed from friends or the library.
  • Collect items you've loaned out.
  • Resign memberships to clubs.
  • Arrange for transfer of important documents and fine jewelry.
  • Arrange farewell visits.

7 days before moving:

  • Arrange cancellation of newspaper and other local home deliveries.
  • Ask bank to release safe deposit box and transfer account to new bank.
  • Arrange for disconnection of utilities and re-connection at new location.
  • If your car or other possessions are not fully paid for, notify your bank or lending facility if you are moving them out of state.
  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day.
  • Close area charge accounts and arrange for bills to be forwarded.
  • Let your employer know of your new address.
  • Arrange for cash, traveler's checks. or certified checks (Movers usually require cash or certified check).
  • Get tranquilizers for your pet if it will accompany you.
  • Drain gas from lawnmower and dispose of flammable items.
  • Transfer your insurance so you will be covered at your new home.
  • Arrange to have your phones disconnected.

Day before moving:

  • Prepare a first aid kit for your trip. Include your daily medical needs.
  • Pack a suitcase you can live out of, if necessary, for the first three days in your new home.
  • Have each person pack their personal items (medications, clothing, personal care items) to move themselves.
  • Pack separate boxes for children containing special toys, games, clothes, and any necessary medications.
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator and freezer and let them air dry for the day. Deodorize large appliances with baking soda or coffee.
  • If you live on a busy thoroughfare, request police place" No Parking" signs in front of your house so the moving van won't disrupt local traffic.
  • Remember to leave keys to your old property with your real estate agent, landlord, or neighbor.

Moving Day:

  • Give moving truck driver written directions to the new address.
  • After van is packed and weighed, determine final moving bill. Make sure you have payment ready before van is unloaded at new address.
  • Confirm arrival date and time.
  • Pack vacuum last so you can reach it easily to clean new home.
  • Confirm arrival date and time.
  • Sign and save copy of bills.
  • Give mover address of the place you can be reached enroute to new destination.
  • Before you leave, check every room, closet and the attic a final time.

When you arrive:

  • Be on hand for unloading and to supervise your furniture placement and delivery of packed boxes.
  • Have the utility company check appliances for proper operation.
  • Inventory everything and make notes of damaged or missing items.
  • Start newspaper and other home deliveries.
  • Arrange for a safe deposit box.
  • Revise your will if you've moved out of the state in which it was drawn.
  • Relax! Organization has taken a lot of the worry out of moving.

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