Moving your home can be stressful, so we’ve put together a Moving checklist to help you plan an organized, worry-free move.
What Stays, What Goes
Go through your home and make a list of the items you’d like to keep as well as a list of items that you can give away or get rid of. Make a note of items that will require special care to move or items that will need insurance coverage, like valuable art pieces.
Start Looking for a Moving Company
We recommend getting three in-home estimates from moving companies to get a better understanding of their pricing and service quality. Make sure you are hiring an actual moving company and not a moving broker and they are a licensed and a certified ProMover.
If you plan on moving during the summer, industry’s busy season, it’s important that you book your move with a company at least 6 weeks in advance.
It’s always a good idea to measure the room dimensions and doorways of your new home. This will help you see which pieces of furniture will fit, and where they should go.
Order Packing Supplies
Start ordering packing supplies such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, markers, and more. We supply our booked customers with free, good-condition, gently-used boxes if requested.
Change of Address
Go to your local post office and get a change-of-address form or simply do it online at usps.gov. It is recommended that you change your address at least 2 weeks before your move date.
After changing your address, make sure to notify important parties such as your bank, your employer’s HR department, credit card companies, etc.
Start packing your belongings. Make a note of items that will require special care or anything valuable you may want to insure.
When packing into boxes, clearly label each box with its contents and the room it is destined for. This will help you when unpacking and will also help your movers know where to place your boxes when unloading. A common mistake is to have the movers unload all boxes into one or two rooms or into the garage. You will find yourself moving several heavy boxes all around your new home. Do your back a favor – have the movers place boxes in the rooms where they need to be unpacked.
Pack Valuables Separately
Make sure to pack jewelry or important documents such as birth certificates and social security cards separately. You will want to personally bring that with you to your new home on moving day. Here’s a handy list of items that you should not pack to be moved by the moving company.
Pack Moving Suitcase
Make moving day easier by packing essentials for a few days. Bring a few changes of clothes, some towels and linens, and essential bathroom and kitchen supplies to have handy while you take your time to unpack.
Stop Buying Groceries
About two weeks before a move you want to start either using what is left in your refrigerator or tossing it.
If your refrigerator/freezer is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it two days before moving day.
Reconfirm Details with Your Mover
A reputable moving company will do this part for you. They will call and reconfirm all the details such as the time the truck should arrive, address, and contact information.
Before the movers leave, they will have you sign a bill of lading (or inventory list). Ask for a copy of this for your record.