Moving 101: Moving Checklist

Your Home Moving Checklist

8 Weeks Before Move Date

  • Reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. If you need packing assistance, you can look at our list of movers or you can always look at the Better Business Bureau for recommendations.
  • It’s always a great idea to learn the rights you have and the different responsibilities you have when preparing to work with moving companies. Go to protectyourmove.gov to find out more.
  • Consider extra insurance coverage you may need for your move. Ask different moving companies what insurance is included and check your homeowners’ policy to see what it covers.

7 Weeks Before Move Date

  • Remember, there’s always a competitor. Get estimates in writing from 3 or more licensed moving companies. You can even request an on-site estimate. Do not rely on a quote over the phone.
  • Have these companies make you copies of your estimates and start a binder for yourself. This binder will be for moving related documents and moving estimates.
  • Make a list of businesses you will need to contact in order to change your address. Don’t forget to list your online accounts too. ( This step really helps take the stress off your shoulder for later, when you actually go to change your address )

6 Weeks Before Move Date

  • Use it or lose it! Start using up things you don’t want to move, like perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
  • Take measurements of your new rooms to make sure furniture will fit through the door.
  • Start to clean out closets, the garage, and attic.
  • Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity. Hosting a garage sale is an awesome way to help pay for your move! 
  • If you have kiddos, arrange to transfer school records.

Quick Tips 

  1. Return any borrowed items, such as library books, and collect any clothing that you may have taken to be dry-cleaned. 

5 Weeks Before Move Out Date

  • Confirm your moving company, and get written confirmation of moving date, costs, and other details.
  • Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Remember to order specialty items like dish boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress bags/boxes if your mover is not supplying them.
  • Get a box-labeling system in place. Numbered boxes, color-coding by room, and a master list with inventory.
  • Begin packing the items that are used less frequently. A great place to start is the attic or garage.
  • The easiest way to conquer your packing process is to make a room-by-room packing schedule. So grab your wine and make that schedule!
  • Get the word out to friends and family members that you’re moving. ( Maybe you can recruit helpers ) Send out an email with new contact information!

4 weeks Before Move Out Date

  • Remember that list you made? Refer back, and make sure you consult your list of businesses and services and make that address change on all your accounts.
  • Gather important paperwork, family heirlooms, and jewelry. I like to keep these separate from moving boxes. If I can I would arrange different transporting. Either by hand or via shipping where I can track the location of the package.

3 Weeks ( Your almost there! )Before Move Out Date

  • Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations, and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you mail
  • Put in for vacation time at your job for the days surrounding your move and schedule a babysitter if needed.
  • Cancel newspapers, Internet, cable TV, security, pest control, lawn maintenance, and any other services you receive.

2 Weeks Before Move Out Date

  • Have each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.
  • Clean out your safe-deposit box.
  • Schedule disconnects for utilities such as gas, electric, water and the telephone. If you have a landline, do not disconnect it until after your move. Arrange for refunds that are due, and schedule connections for your new residence.
  • Refill any prescriptions you or your family may need for the next few weeks.
  • Tie up loose ends. Confirm that you’ve changed addresses, have all the proper moving insurance in place, and are ready to make your move.
  • Reconfirm with your moving company, Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.

1 Week Before Move Out Date

  • Hire a cleaning company
  • Dispose of all flammable items. Check here for Palm Beach County’s Hazardous Waste info & procedures.
  • Make the final last memories in your home before the new home!

 

Quick Tips

  1. Think about quick & easy meals you can cook up for your family. Try and use up all of the remaining food in your refrigerator so that it does not go to waste, and also allow you to pack some kitchen items. Hip Hip Hooray!
  2. Write out a list for your movers of things they’ll need: phone numbers; exact moving address and maps.
  3. Notify the police in your town if your home will be uninhabited for a long period of time.
  4. Before you move, mow your lawn one last time, especially if your home will not be unoccupied immediately after your departure.