Moving can be a complex and overwhelming process, so having a comprehensive moving checklist can help you stay organized and reduce stress. Here’s a detailed moving checklist to guide you through each step of the moving process, starting several months before your move and continuing until after you’ve settled into your new home.
2-3 Months Before the Move:
1. Create a Moving Binder: Start a dedicated moving folder or binder to keep all important documents, receipts, and notes related to your move.
2. Create a Budget: Estimate your moving expenses and create a budget to track costs.
3. Choose a Moving Date: Decide on the date of your move, considering factors like work schedules, school calendars, and lease or closing dates.
4. Hire Movers or Rent a Truck: Research and hire professional movers or arrange for a rental truck if you plan to move yourself.
5. Declutter: Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard. The less you move, the easier and cheaper it will be.
6. Begin Packing Supplies: Collect packing materials such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper.
6-8 Weeks Before the Move:
7. Start Packing: Begin packing non-essential items, starting with rooms or items you use the least.
8. Label Boxes: Clearly label boxes with their contents and the room they belong to. Consider color-coding for easier identification.
9. Notify Important Parties: Inform your current and future utility providers, the post office, and relevant institutions of your upcoming move.
10. Change Your Address: Update your address with banks, credit card companies, insurance providers, and any other important organizations.
4-6 Weeks Before the Move:
11. Packing Continues: Continue packing, focusing on items you use regularly.
12. Arrange for Child and Pet Care: If you have children or pets, plan for their care on moving day.
13. Notify Schools and Doctors: Transfer school records and medical records to your new location.
2-4 Weeks Before the Move:
14. Confirm Moving Details: Reconfirm the moving date, time, and any specific instructions with your chosen moving company.
15. Dispose of Hazardous Materials: Properly dispose of hazardous materials like chemicals, propane tanks, and paint.
16. Pack a “First Night” Box: Pack a box with essentials you’ll need for the first night in your new home, such as toiletries, clothing, and important documents.
1 Week Before the Move:
17. Final Packing: Finish packing, leaving only essential items for the last few days.
18. Empty and Defrost Refrigerator/Freezer: If applicable, clean and defrost your appliances.
19. Confirm Plans: Confirm moving details with your moving company, friends helping you move, and anyone assisting with childcare or pet care.
20. Pack an Essentials Bag: Pack a bag with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents to have on hand.
21. Supervise the Move: Be present during the move to answer questions and oversee the process.
22. Inspect the Home: Before leaving your old home, do a final walk-through to ensure nothing is left behind.
23. Remember to tip your moving crew if warranted. Guidelines are typically like good service in a restaurant: 15-20% of the bill. Those gentlemen took care of your home and furniture all day!
After the Move:
24. Unpack Essentials: Start by unpacking your “First Night” box and essentials.
25. Set Up Utilities: Ensure utilities like water, electricity, and internet are set up in your new home.
26. Update Your Address: Update your address with the post office, banks, and any remaining organizations.
27. Register Your Vehicle: If you moved to a new state or country, update your vehicle registration and driver’s license.
28. Explore Your New Area: Get to know your new neighborhood and find essential services like grocery stores, hospitals, and schools.
29. Thank Helpers: Send thank-you notes or tokens of appreciation to friends or family who helped you move.
Remember that every move is unique, and you may need to adjust this checklist to suit your specific circumstances. Staying organized and planning ahead will make the moving process smoother and less stressful.
Let us know if we can help organize any part of your move!