Movein Checklist

Getting Ready for Your Big Move

  • So you've made the big decision. You're pulling up stakes and relocating from one location to another. A home move is going to be a lot of work; you can't get away from that. But using this home move checklist and timeline as your guide, your move will be as pain-free as possible!

Eight Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Inventory Sheets: Create an inventory sheet of all which is to be moved.
  • Research Moving Options: You'll need to decide if yours is a
  • Research Moving Quotes: Solicit moving quotes from as many moving companies and movers as possible. There can be a large difference between rates and services within moving companies.
  • Discard Unnecessary Items: Moving is a great time for ridding yourself of unnecessary items. Have a yard sale or donate items to charity.
  • Packing Materials: Gather moving boxes and packing materials for your move.
  • Contact Insurance Companies: You'll need to contact your insurance agent to cancel/transfer your insurance policy.
  • Seek Employer Benefits: If your move is work-related and you are relocating to a new geographical area, your employer may provide funding for moving expenses. Your human resources representative should have information on this policy.

Four Weeks Before Your Move

  • Contact Utility Companies: Set utility turnoff date, seek refunds and deposits, and notify them of your new address.
  • Obtain Your Medical Records: Contact your doctors, physicians, dentists, and other medical specialists who may currently be retaining any of your family's medical records. Obtain these records or make plans for them to be delivered to your new medical facilities.
  • Note Food Inventory Level: Check your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer to use up as much of your perishable food as possible.
  • Small Engines: Service small engines for your move by extracting gas and oil from the machines. This will reduce the chance to catch fire during your move.
  • Protect Jewlery & Valuables: Transfer jewelry and valuables to safety deposit box so they are not lost or stolen during your move.
  • Borrowed and Rented Items: Return items which you may have borrowed or rented. Collect items borrowed from others.

One Week Before Your Move

  • Your Change of Address: Go to the Postal Service and fill out a change of address form. You will also want to notify banks, investment companies, magazines to which you subscribe, family and friends of your new address.
  • Bank Accounts: Transfer or close bank and financial accounts. Make sure to have a money order for paying the moving company and for your closing expenses on your new home.
  • Service Automobiles: If automobiles are to be driven long distances, you'll want to have them serviced so you have a trouble-free drive.
  • Cancel Services: Notify any remaining service providers (newspapers, lawn services etc.) of your move.
  • Start Packing: Begin packing all things destined for your new home.
  • Travel Items: Set aside all items you'll need while traveling and those you may need until your new home is established. Make sure these items are not packed on the moving truck.
  • Scan Your Furniture: Inventory your furniture for scratches and dents. You will want to compare notes with your mover on your moving day.

Moving Day Checklist

  • Plan Your Itinerary: Make plans to spend the entire day at the house or at least until the movers have loaded up your belongings. Someone will need to be around to make decisions. Make plans for kids and pets to be under someone else's care for the day.
  • Review the House Once the house is empty, check the entire house (closets, the attic, basement, etc.) to ensure no items are left or no home issues exist.
  • Once you are satisfied with the mover's packing your items into the truck, sign the Bill of Lading. If possible, accompany your mover while the moving truck is weighed.
  • Double Check with Your Mover Ensure your mover has the proper new address and all of your most recent contact information should they have any questions during your move.
  • Vacate Your Home Make sure utilities are off, doors and windows are locked and notify your real estate agent that you have vacated the property.

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home!