Here’s your moving checklist! 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 pickup 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.
- 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.