Worried about your move? Don’t be. We’ve compiled a comprehensive moving checklist to help you from the beginning to the end. Planning the detail will relieve a virtual ton of stress from this already stressful life event. When a situation arises, and it will, you will be prepared to handle it or know where to turn.
6 Weeks before Moving:
- Make a thorough list of all items you wish to move to your new home, items you wish to be moved to your storage unit, and items you wish to dispose of. It’s a great time to donate things you aren’t using to people that could use them. You can also plan and host a garage sale if you have the time.
- Start thinking about how you are going to physically move your items from one house the other. Do we hire movers? Rent a moving truck? Or, possible family or friends with trucks? Begin by getting estimates from various companies rental truck agents, moving companies, and checking with friends and family.
- Make sure you choose the right companies for your move, do research on each one by reading reviews, asking for referrals from close friends and pick the most professional company. There is nothing worse than having your valuables in the hands of unskilled amateurs.
- Work out the costs and timing in detail with the mover you have selected and request a written contract containing all the appropriate details.
- Many moving expenses are deductible so make sure to keep all records and receipts so your accountant can itemize your deductions at the end of the year. Calculate moving expenses and create a moving expense receipt file with help further your accounting records.
- If you are moving to a new community make sure to look for information at the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Center. This will help you learn your surroundings, locate schools, parks, recreation, and other community programs.
- Call your insurance agent and transfer all your coverages to your new address. You can give them the exact date of your move so they are completely up to date. Verify your belongings are covered through insurance before you move. Appraise valuables so that they are specifically insured for the move.
- Gather all your medical records, medications, pet records, birth certificates, and all other important documents and put them in a safe place. Things are misplaced often and easily during a move.
- Make long distance travel arrangements- hotel, etc.
4 Weeks before Moving:
- Estimate the number and sizes of boxes you will need for your move. Remember that uniform sized boxes stack easier onto the moving truck and will make the best use of your storage space.
- Purchase moving boxes, packing tape, dish packs, wardrobe boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, markers, mattress and furniture covers, and work gloves. All these items can be purchased at Just Store It!
- If you are planning on renting, hiring, or doing it yourself, you need to finalize your plans and make accommodations. If renting a truck call 2-3 weeks ahead of your move to get the lower prices.
- Complete a US postal service change of address form and provide your new address to anyone that may need it. Here is a short list to jog your memory: telephone, trash, cable, water, electric, gas, internet, insurance, banks, clubs, government agencies, and you might want to make sure all your close friends and family are aware of your new address too.
- If you have children, now is a great time to register them at their new schools.
- Contact utility companies – electricity, gas, phone and others to schedule your disconnection date. Make sure this is one or more days after your scheduled move to allow for any schedule changes. Also, call ahead to have your utilities connected to your new home so they are on when you arrive.
- Pets are great, but when moving they can really be in the way, our best advice is to have a friend or family member watch them for you on the day of your move. Or, make a spa day for your dog. Grooming and a bath usually take a day to half a day, depending on your move you might consider boarding kennels. Additionally, find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new location and make sure you have all their veterinary records.
2 Weeks before Moving
- If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe during the loading process.
- Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed. Also, collect items you have loaned to friends.
- You may NOT want to pack your valuables in the moving van, think about taking them with you.
- If you are going to travel by car, you may want to get the automobile serviced prior to your departure.
- Start packing items you don’t currently need. If renting a storage unit, determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
- Don’t forget anything in basements, attics, closets and be sure to clear out safety deposit boxes.
- Disassemble your computer and back up important computer files. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures. Take pictures of the back side of the computer or TV’s to know the proper placing of the cables when you are reassembling the computer.
- Dispose of inflammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.
1 Week before Moving Day
- Make sure your items are labeled: ‘Fragile’, ‘Load First’, ‘Load Last’, and ‘Do Not Load’. This is important to ensure the safety of your items.
- Ensure that your moving company knows the correct address and phone number of your new home. If possible, also provide them with an address and phone number to get in touch with you until you get to your new home.
- It is important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least one day before moving.
- Make plans flexible, and be prepared in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
- Pack a box separately with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home. For example – snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags. Prepare a ‘Personal Box’ for moving day that includes items you’ll need on the road- bottled water, snacks, tissues, hand cream and personal care items; make one for your pet, too
- Call rental or moving companies to verify the move day and time.
- Get driving directions from your old home to your new home and to the rental location where you will be returning you truck.
Moving Out Day
- Thoroughly check your closets, drawers, shelves, attic, garage and other storage areas to make sure nothing is left.
- Turn off all the switches and lock all doors and windows.
- Be around throughout the loading process. Inspect the premises and see to it that nothing is left behind.
- There must be someone to direct the movers. The driver must have in writing your name and phone number. Also, remember to take destination agent’s name, address and contact number.
- Be patient if you reach your new home before your mover.
- Sign the bill of lading, and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.
Move-In Day and After
- While unloading, make sure there are no damages and no items is missing.
- Make sure utilities are connected.
- Carry traveler’s checks or cash for quick payments.
- Plan out placement of major items in your home.
- If moving to a new state, you will need to renew your driver’s license and revise your will and other legal papers. Locate the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.
- Have beverages and snacks on hand all day.
- Check for any damaged or missing items.