Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Six weeks before moving
  • Make an inventory checklist of everything to be moved.
  • Collect everything not to be moved for a garage sale or charitable donation.
  • Contact the charity for a date/time of pickup. Save receipts for tax records.
  • Contacts movers for estimate.
  • Select mover, arrange for exact form of payment at destination (cash, check). Get packing materials to start packing NOW, unless you have packing services.
  • Contact insurance agent to transfer/cancel insurance coverage.
  • Check with employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay.
Four weeks before moving
  • Notify all magazines of change of address.
  • Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations.
  • Contact utility companies for refunds of deposit, set turn off date.
  • Contact broker in new community to set up utility turn on date.
  • Dry clean clothes to be moved, pack in protective wrappers.
  • Collect everything you have loaned out and return everything you have borrowed.
  • Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc. that are to be moved, drain all gas to prevent fire in the moving van.
  • Check with doctors and dentist for all family records and prescriptions.
  • Get children’s school records.
  • Check freezer and plan to use food over the next 2-3 weeks.
  • Remove all jewelry and other valuables to a safe deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during move.
  • Give away or arrange for transportation of house plants (most moving companies will not move plants, especially in winter). Plants also can be sold at a garage sale or given as thank you gifts.
One week before moving
  • Transfer or close checking and savings accounts. Arrange for a cashiers check or money order to pay moving company on arrival to the new community.
  • Have automobile serviced for the trip.
  • Fill out post office change of address forms and give to the postmaster.
  • Check and make inventory of all furniture for dents and scratches, notify moving company of your inventory and compare on final day.
  • Dispose of all combustibles and spray cans (spray cans can explode or burn).
  • Pack separate carton for cleaning materials and tools.
  • Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal travel.
  • Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to work freely.
  • Cancel all newspapers, garden service, snow removal, etc.
  • Review the entire list to make certain that you haven’t overlooked anything. Double check everything you have done before it’s to late.
Moving day
  • Plan to spend the entire day at the house. You must make last minute decisions. Don’t leave until after the movers have gone.
  • Hire a sitter or send the kids to a friend’s house for the day.
  • Stay with the moving van driver to oversee the inventory.
  • Tell packers and or driver about fragile or precious items.
  • Make a final check of the entire house, basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage, and every room.
  • Approve and sign Bill of Lading; if possible accompany driver to the weigh station.
  • Double check with driver to make certain moving company records show the proper delivery address for your new house. Verify the scheduled delivery date, too.
  • Give driver phone numbers both here and in new community to contact you in case of a problem.
  • Get complete routing information form the driver and phone numbers so you can call the driver or company while en route.
  • Disconnect all utittlies and advise the Realtor who sold or is selling your house.
  • Lock all doors and windows. Advise your Realtor and neighbors that the house is empty.