Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

There are a lot of, well, moving parts when it comes to moving—from before you pack the first box to the final walkthrough of your soon-to-be old place. Don’t miss a beat when it comes to preparations, arrangements, and who to notify about your move.

Early Preparation

  • As soon as you know you’ll be moving, begin cleaning out your attic, closets, and basement to minimize junk, clutter, and things you won’t need in your new place
  • In the weeks ahead, begin packing non-essentials such as wall art, knick-knacks, and books
  • Put all of your belongings in one of four categories:
    1. Take With
    2. Give Away (to friends, family or charities)
    3. Sell
    4. Throw Away
  • Keep a running list of things you’ll want to replace once you move in
  • Get outside: Clean your toolshed, garage, and gather outdoor tools such as hoses and pots
  • Finish consuming or discard perishable items from your refrigerator
  • Clean your stove and refrigerator — be sure to defrost your fridge and let dry at least one day before the move
  • At least two weeks before your move, have your car serviced to better guarantee no breakdowns, particularly in a lonz-distance move
  • Update your car registration and driver’s license to your new location, or at the very least, make sure you are aware of the timing and requirements, as they vary by state
  • Determine any need for trailer parking permits by checking with the local government entity at both your new and current address
  • Get copies of school, medical, legal, and other important records—for all members of the family
  • Make sure your children’s vaccinations and medications are up-to-date
  • Shred and destroy any old or unneeded financial records—some office supply stores also offer this as a free service
  • Reserve any airline/train tickets and lodging as necessary
  • If you rent a bank safe deposit box, consider withdrawing and depositing its contents in a safe one near your new address

Who to Notify

You will want to notify service providers of your change of address. This includes:

  • Banks and credit card companies
  • Cleaning services, lawn care, and pest control
  • Clubs and organizations
  • DMV
  • Doctor, dentist, and/or veterinarian
  • Financial advisor
  • Government entities (federal/state/local—for taxes, Social Security, etc.)
  • Insurance (house/auto/life)
  • Lawyer
  • Newspaper, TV, and/or internet provider
  • Pharmacy
  • Place of worship
  • Regular delivery services (natural gas, propane, water jugs, etc.)
  • Utilities/home services/newspaper for disconnection time
  • Post office
  • Your friends and family

New location arrangements

  • Contact utility services (electric, gas, phone, cable, internet, trash, water, etc.) for activation at your new home
  • Contact your child’s new school or daycare for registration

Packing Day

  • Ask your friends for help
  • Create an area for tools and cleaning supplies you’ll use on or before moving day
  • Schedule a walk-through with your landlord (if necessary)
  • Pack a bag of essentials that you can easily access
  • Plan for (or order) food and beverages
  • Withdraw funds from the bank to cover both expected and unexpected moving-day expenses
  • Pack valuables and important legal, medical, and personal documents separately from everyday items and take them with you rather than on the moving truck (medical records, passports, photo albums, jewelry, insurance and tax information, etc.)
  • Pack essentials that you’ll need as soon as you arrive to your new home separately (for easier access, pack these items last on the truck)
    • Cleaning supplies, trash bags, and work gloves
    • Toilet paper and toiletries
    • Extension cords and batteries
    • Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
    • Tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
    • Bedding and linens
    • Snacks, canned/box drinks
    • Toys for kids

Before You leave

  • Leave your forwarding address for your home’s new residents
  • Do a final walk-through
  • Say your final goodbyes!
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