Your moving checklist | Plan your move

Use this checklist to make sure you remember important moving dates and deadlines. We’ve taken the worry out of moving by thinking of almost everything!

8 weeks before move

  • Arrange to transfer school records if you have children.
  • Obtain your post office’s change of address kit.
  • Contact insurance companies to notify them of the move.
  • Start a “Move File” for all receipts, papers and estimates related to your move.

6 weeks before move

  • Schedule pick-up and delivery dates with your moving company. If you need storage, make arrangements with your moving company now.
  • Gather all your personal records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, church,
    school, etc.
  • Sort items you don’t intend to take to your new location. Plan a date for a garage sale.

4 weeks before move

  • Schedule disconnection dates with your local utility companies.
  • Notify new utility companies of connect dates in the new home.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery and trash pick-up effective on your move date.
  • Reconfirm dates for packing, pick-up and delivery with your mover.

2 weeks before move

  • Take care of financial arrangements like transferring bank accounts, contents of safe deposit box, notify your broker or investment counselor and settle any outstanding bills.
  • Consider a sitter for kids and pets on moving day.
  • Drain oil and gas from all your power equipment.

1 week before move

  • Clean out refrigerator and defrost freezer.
  • Have your car serviced if you will be driving a long distance.
  • Confirm connect dates for utilities in your new home.

Moving day

  • Spend the entire day at home with the movers/packing.
  • Carry any valuables or family heirlooms with you.
  • Right before the movers leave, take a final tour of your home, making sure nothing has been left in drawers or closets and that all doors and windows are locked.
  • Specify a “Do Not Move” area where you place items you do not want the movers to take with them.
  • Furnace turned down or off, lights turned off.
  • Door and windows shut and locked.
  • Keys left as agreed.

At your new address

  • Obtain numbers needed in an emergency such as the fire department and police.
  • Check with post office to see if there is any mail that is being held for you.
  • Enroll children in school.