Moving Checklist 


Two Months Before Your Move

  • Get moving quotes if you are planning on using a professional mover
  • If you need a rental truck for a “do-it-yourself-move,” contact a rental company: U HaulAllied VanVan LinesAtlas World Group
  • Visually prepare or design a floor plan for your furniture in your new home
  • Create a list for inventory of your belongings (this is helpful in preparing a garage or moving sale)
  • Keep all of your paperwork concerning the move in one file, so nothing is lost or misplaced
  • Transfer all school records for your children
  • Finalize your decision on a mover
  • If time permits, prepare your new home for arrival (new paint, new locks, etc.)
  • Consider your children in the move, plan ahead and visit our Moving with Children Guide

One Month Before Your Move

  • Change your address
  • Change you address with the IRS
  • Make any travel arrangements where you would need an airline, train, hotel, bus or car rental
  • Research the area in which you will be moving for clubs, civic organizations and churches, so that you can change your membership
  • Contact medical and dental offices to retrieve records, ask these professionals for referrals and to continue your prescriptions
  • Establish a new checking account if necessary
  • Research local laws about home-based businesses and business licenses if you own or operate your own business
  • Make an inventory of all of your belongings
  • Arrange for your pets to be transported
  • Use/finish household items so that there is less to pack and move

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Forward your magazines and newspapers to your new address
  • Contact all of your utilities and change your service to your new address
  • Organize those helping you on the day of the move
  • Be sure to confirm all travel reservations you have made
  • If moving appliances, you may want to make sure they are inspected before the move
  • Pack all clean clothing
  • Close your bank accounts, making sure you have ample cash for the move, and transfer remaining funds to your new bank
  • Prepare for the move of any infant or small children
  • Review your insurance policy for coverage during your move
  • Provide relatives with your travel information
  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator

Moving Day Has Arrived!

  • Do a final walk through of the home to make sure all of your belongings have been removed
  • Be sure to take control of all personal items that are valuable or important to you during the move
  • You may want to purchase travelers checks instead of cash during the move

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