No matter how organized you get, moving to a new home is always stressful. We wanted to use our experience with helping people move for the last 15 years to create a checklist that we hope you will find useful for your next move. NOTE: Our site will keep track of what you have done if you use the same computer or device and don’t clear your cookies/browser.
8 Weeks Before - Get Sorted Out: It's a good time to declutter so you aren't moving things that you simply don't need. Go room by room through the house and sort through everything making sure you keep an area of the house for all the things you are going to donate, have a garage sale, or dispose of. 8 Weeks Before - Moving Right Along: Research movers. You can use our mover page to get quotes from several different moving companies quickly. It's important to get qualified movers that have been vetted or used by people you know. Always try to get 2-3 quotes to make sure you don't overpay for your move. 8 Weeks Before - Know Your Stuff: Once you decide what you are taking with you it's a great idea to inventory it. You might want to even take a quick picture of more expensive items as if any of them are lost, stolen, or broken in the move it will help to have documentation. 8 Weeks Before - Get Cloudy: We used to recommend that you create a binder with everything related to the move but now we recommend using Google Drive or a cloud storage provider (dropbox) to store everything releated to your move so you can access it anywhere from any device. 6 Weeks Before - Really Get Real: Make sure your real estate is locked down whether you are buying a new home or renting. It's important to know that you have this under control in order to avoid last minute concessions or compromises. 6 Weeks Before - Go to the Principal's Office: You should let the school know that you are moving and get copies of any school records/transcripts so you will have them for the new school. It's also a good time to research schools in the new area to make sure you find a good fit for your children. 6 Weeks Before - See Your Doctor: No really you will want to go to the doctor to make sure that you get medical records for everyone in the family and to get their recommendation for doctor's in your new neighborhood. 6 Weeks Before - Insure You Are Ready: Contact your insurance agent to make sure that you have homeowners or renters insurance in place to cover your new home and to make sure they know you are moving and no longer will need your current home covered. 4 Weeks Before - Connect with Utilities: Be sure to contact your electricity company, phone company, tv company, high speed Internet company to disconnect your service after you move and to start up similar services for your new home. 4 Weeks Before - Find Out What's In Store: If you believe that you will need storage in your new neighborhood or if you are closing down storage in your current location, be sure to make all the necessary arrangements. 4 Weeks Before - Start to Pack it Up: If you are packing yourself make sure you run to the store to get plenty of boxes, tape, markers to mark the boxes, and other moving supplies. You don't want to wait to the last minute on this because these supplies are too critical. 4 Weeks Before - Get Time Off from Work: Make sure you have notified your employer that you are moving and get the days off in advance that you will need to complete the moving process. 4 Weeks Before - Safely Empty Your Deposit Box: If you have a safety deposit box at a local bank now is a good time to empty it out and figure out where you are going to make similar arrangements in your new neighborhood. 4 Weeks Before - Get All Tuned Up: Make sure you take all of your vehicles in for a tune-up, oil changes, and any other maintenance that is necessary to be ready for the move. 4 Weeks Before - Consider Changing Your Address: It takes 2-4 weeks for your mail to start to be forwarded so it's a really good idea to do this in advance of your move. 1 Week Before - Get Fido Ready to Move: Contact your vet to make sure you have all of the medical records for your pets on hand. This will save you time when you get to your new neighborhood and need to establish pet care. 1 Week Before - Refill Your Meds: If you are currently taking prescriptions you may want to get everything refilled to make sure you don't run out before you can get into see your new doctor. This can be really stressful especially depending on the type of medication you are taking. 1 Week Before - Put Your Employer On Notice: Let them know that you are moving and change your address with them (even if you are moving due to getting a new job). You want to make sure that all payments and tax information get to the correct address. 1 Week Before - Stop Reading All About It: Cancel any newspaper subscriptions or notify them of your new address. This holds true for any magazines or catalogs that you currently receive especially if you want to get them at your new address. 1 Week Before - Head to the ATM: Make sure you have the cash on hand that you are going to need for the next couple of weeks or until you can get your bank setup in your new neighborhood. With debit cards, this isn't critical but better to be safe than sorry. Plus you likely will need cash to tip the movers. 1 Week Before - Pack it All Up: You should be completely packed with the exception of items that you have set aside to move with you including everything you will need for the first couple of days after the move. Moving Day - Walk Through with Movers: Make sure you walk through the house and inventory everything that the movers will be taking and give them any special instructions necessary to move specific items. Lock it Up - After a final walk through to make sure you didn't leave anything lock everything up including all windows and doors to make sure that your newly empty home is secured.