Essential Moving Checklist
Whether you are moving down the street or headed to another country, moving is a complicated process with lots of details.
Read on for ideas of how to make the transition to your new home as painless as possible
Two Months Before Your Move
Figure out your moving budget & a few dates for your move
Get estimates on your move & hire a mover/rent a truck
Consider where your furniture will go in each room.
Visit your new community’s municipal website and review the local newspaper online.
One Month Before Your Move
Submit your Change Your Address to the post office
Buy your moving supplies - tape, boxes, labels, markers, paper
Sell or donate what you do not plan to use in your new place
Schedule a house cleaner after you move out
Two Weeks Before You Move
Pack non-essentials. Number & inventory as you pack boxes
Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved on trucks
Review contents of refrigerator and pantry to plan meals
Call and confirm your date/times/costs with the moving company
One Week Before You Move
Pack! Hold a packing party. Buy dinner & invite friends help you fill boxes
Create a First Night box with linens, toiletries, toilet paper and cleaning supplies
Schedule to cancel your old utilities & set up your new utilities
Prepare your moving company payment & have cash to tip the movers
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Greet the movers! Walk them through the old and new houses
Inspect furniture, walls and floors for damage during the move-out and move-in.
Open your First Night box and enjoy your new digs
After Moving Day
Update driver's license and financial accounts
Transfer any medical information to new offices
Find your local library and sign up for a card. Ask for information about parks,
activities and seasonal events in the area.
Pick a date for housewarming party and invite your neighbors and friends
Send new address announcements to friends and family (see details below!)