Checklist For Moving

September 12th 2014
Checklist For Moving




4 Weeks Before Moving


  •   Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity.  Consider a moving sale.
  •   Call doctors and dentists.  They may recommend a colleague near your new home.  Get copies of renewable prescriptions.
  •   Arrange transfer of school records.
  •   Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered.  Be sure your new home is protected, by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance.
  •   Transfer personal insurance records.
  •   If you have houseplants to move, ask your local gardening expert for a brochure on how to move your houseplants and start preparing your plants for the move.




3 Weeks Before Moving


  •   Plan to use up most food items before the move.
  •   Check and clear tax assessments.
  •   Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them.  If a company-paid move, check with your move coordinator first.
  •   Movers can’t take aerosols, flammables, and ammunition or propane tanks.  It’s best to use them up or give them away before you move.
  •   Notify the Post Office and get change of address forms.  Notify magazines to which you subscribe.  Note: You must fill out a change of address form for each person receiving mail at your address.




2 Weeks Before Moving


  •   Make your travel reservations for the trip.
  •   Decide which items you’ll pack, and which you’d like the movers to pack.  They can provide the finest packing materials at reasonable prices.
  •   Close or transfer all charge accounts.  Return library books and other things you borrowed.  Collect things you’ve loaned, and items in the dry-cleaners, storage, etc.
  •   Arrange to discontinue utilities and delivery services.
  •   Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of flammables such as gasoline, fireworks, matches, cleaning fluids, etc.
  •   Arrange connection of utilities in new home.  Draw up a floor plan of your new home, and indicate placement of furnishings.  It makes moving twice as easy.
  •   Arrange for cable/satellite TV disconnection.




1 Week Before Moving


  •   Transfer bank accounts, and ask your local credit bureau to transfer your records to you new city.  Reconfirm travel reservations.
  •   Unless another means of payment has been prearranged, e.g. credit card, personal check, or company paid; arrange to have cash, certified check or money order ready to pay driver before goods are unloaded.
  •   Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlights and other items you’ll take in your car.  Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip.
  •   Your local phone company can help you with phone service for your new home, as well as disconnecting service at your present home.
  •   Drain water from all garden hoses.  Drain gasoline from lawn mower.  Start packing suitcases.
  •   Get name, address and phone number of your mover’s destination agent. 
  •   Anything movers are packing should be left in place.  It’s easier and safer; for example - pack glassware right from the cabinet it’s kept in.




1 Day Before Moving


  •   Put cleaning supplies and toiletries in special box to be loaded last, unloaded first.
  •   Finish packing all suitcases.
  •   Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator.




Moving Day


  •   Be on hand all day to answer questions, accompany driver during inventory, sign bill of lading, and confirm your new address and delivery date.  Be sure to advise him of your route and accommodations.
  •   Make final check of every room and storage area.  Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred and lights out.




Moving In


  •   It’s a good idea to be at your new home a day ahead of the moving truck so you can make sure utilities are connected and plan placement of major items in your home.




People To Be Notified (Recap of companies that will need your new address)


  •   Post Office
  •   Insurance companies (Life, homeowners, health, auto)
  •   Local credit bureau and creditors (stores, credit cards, utilities, etc.)
  •   Financial institutions where you have savings, loans, checking accounts or stocks




Notify These Service Companies


  •   Electric
  •   Gas or Fuel Oil
  •   Telephone
  •   Cable/Satellite TV
  •   Lawn Care service
  •   Newspaper
  •   Water




Items You’ll Want In Your Car


  •   Maps
  •   Snacks
  •   Flashlight
  •   First Aid Kit
  •   Credit Cards
  •   Cash or Travelers checks for the trip
  •   Emergency Road Equipment (tools, flares, etc.)
  •   Items you’ll need upon arrival (cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.)