Here’s a checklist to help with your move.
Now that you have set your moving date, there are quite a few things to accomplish. Hopefully this list of moving tips will come in handy.
Eight Weeks Out
- Start going through every room to decide what you can get rid of and what you want to take with you. This a great time to consider which, if any, items will require extra insurance coverage, special packing or storage options at your new place.
- Start estimating how many boxes and other packing supplies you will need. Don’t forget to include bubble wrap, permanent markers, tape and paper, as well as specialty containers such as wardrobe boxes, picture packing boxes and dish barrels. Designate a room to begin storing and organizing your supplies.
- Research moving companies and get quotes from at least three of them. Try to get them to do an in-home assessment so there are a minimum of surprises come moving day.
- Find out what insurance is included from the movers, whether your homeowners’ policy provides any coverage and what extra insurance you might need for the items you found before.
- Make a moving folder (digital or paper) that includes an inventory of household items with images, copies of quotes and receipts, contact numbers and any other items associated with your move.
- Go to your childrens’ school to arrange for their records to be transferred to their new schools. Begin the process of registering them in their new schools.
- Notify your doctors, dentists and veterinarians of your move. Seek referrals and collect all of your records. Some may require your written permission.
- Set up travel arrangements for you and your family to make sure you arrive at your new place well ahead of the scheduled arrival time for your movers.
Six Weeks Out
- Determine a box labeling system such as numbered or color coded labels with a master list with an inventory. This will be extremely valuable when it comes time to unpack.
- Purchase moving supplies and begin packing items that aren’t frequently used such as seasonal items and items stored in the attic or the back of your closets.
- Begin using up food from the refrigerator, pantry and freezer. Try to limit grocery shopping and bulk purchases before the move.
Four Weeks Out
- Select your moving company and confirm all the specifics of the move are set. Get written confirmation of your moving date, costs and other details.
- Continue packing. Place valuable items such as jewelry and important papers in a safe box you will personally transport to your new home. Separate out other items such as firearms or irreplaceable fragile items that you want to take yourself.
- Note any existing dings, scratches, dents or other damage to your furniture.
- Go to your local post office to fill out a change-of-address form or do it quickly online at the usps website for a nominal $1 fee.
- Alert banks, your employer’s HR department, magazines and newspapers you subscribe to, brokerage firms, and credit card and insurance companies of your moving date. Also set up cancellation or transfer of your cable/satellite TV, Internet and home security providers. Let your current electricity provider know the date you wish to have service disconnected.
Two Weeks Out
- Notify your office that you will need the day off on your moving date.
- Fill prescriptions for you and your family, and make sure everyone has their needed medications in their suitcase. Find a pharmacy in your new neighborhood to transfer your prescriptions over to.
- Check on any special moving needs if you are moving plants.
- Make sure your pet is ready for the move. Make arrangements for transporting them, and find someone that can watch your pet on moving day.
One Week Out
- Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time, payment methods they accept and other specifics. Provide them with written directions to your current location, new location and contact information such as your cell phone.
- Withdraw cash from the bank to tip the movers. If they have done a good job, a $20 to $30 cash tip is typical. Make sure you have enough cash to pay the movers for the move plus a small cushion if they only accept cash payment. Check if there is a bank or ATM near your new home where you can withdraw additional cash if needed.
- Have a plan for checking email and paying online bills during the transit period. Pay bills that are due during the move timeframe early if you can afford to do so for peace of mind.
- Back up your computer files to an external disk or cloud drive. Disconnect computer from peripherals. You may want to transport your computer equipment yourself as exposure to extreme temperatures can damage hardware, software and files.
- Try to finish general packing a few days before your moving day. Have everyone pack a suitcase with enough clothes to wear for moving day and a few days after until you can get all the clothes unpacked.
- Empty, clean and defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day if you are taking it with you.
- Hire a cleaning company to clean the new home before the move-in date and your current home after you move out. Schedule the time needed for the cleaning if you prefer to do it yourself.
- Empty all lockers at work, school, gym, etc.
On Moving Day
- Have a moving kit that contains needed items for moving day and the following couple of days. You can include a single set of dishes and silverware for each member of your family, bottled water, toilet paper, snacks, toiletries, towels and pet food and litter.
- Check the inventory list and sign it then put your copy in your moving folder or take a picture of it with your cellphone for your digital folder.
- Tape labels on the doors of the new home that match your packing system to assist movers.
- If you are moving to an apartment, be sure to go through your new apartment with the inspection form the apartment management gives you as soon as you arrive to record any existing scratches, dings, dents or damages to walls, floors, windows, appliances, light fixtures, tubs, sinks, etc., so you won’t be charged for those damages when you move out.
- Make sure your old home is cleaned before handing over all keys, alarm codes, garage door openers, gate cards.
- If you are moving from an apartment, do the walk-through with the apartment management so you have the opportunity to dispute any charges.