Moving Checklist For a Smooth Move

When it comes time to move, people often forget about putting together a moving checklist. Your move can be made even easier by simply planning out your preparation. To help you with your move, we’ve provided this printable moving checklist as a simple moving preparation guideline.

Four Weeks Before Your Move

Here’s a printable moving checklist for things to do four weeks before moving.

☐ You should keep a moving binder to keep tabs on everything that is happening during the move. This includes all of your estimates, your various receipts and a detailed inventory of every single item that you’re moving. Your binder is also where you can organize school records and warranties for household items that you’ll be moving to the new house.

☐ You’ll need to go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

☐ Place an order for moving supplies. You’ll want to order boxes and other supplies such as tape, sharpie markers, bubble wrap and heavy-duty scissors. Oversized boxes like wardrobe boxes and appliance boxes might also be necessary.

☐ Go through your house and decide what gets tossed and what goes to charity. If you have trouble deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, consider whether you still use the items any longer.

☐ Get referrals for new doctors close to your new residence. This is also a good time to look into local daycare options, local gyms and to look for other healthcare professionals like dentists.

Two Weeks Before Your Move

Here are our top moving tips that you need to do about two weeks before moving.

☐ If you are moving to an area where you need permit parking, then get those parking permits. You should get this all done so you can park with peace of mind the first night you reach your new house. You want to make sure your car is registered with the city and that you are not subject to any tickets.

☐ Start packing the things that you use most infrequently. Affix a label to each box with notes on what’s inside the box.

☐ Separate out any items that will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.

☐ Start sorting your items according to size. You want to use larger cardboard packing boxes for lighter items so that you can pack them full while still leaving them light enough to carry. Heavier items go in smaller boxes to make them easier to carry.

☐ Bundle your fragile items and pack them together. If you want to save on bubble wrap, you can use older clothes (which you can later donate) to wrap your fragile items. And don’t forget to label those boxes as fragile so that the movers use more care when handling them.

☐ Use garbage bags instead of garment bags to pack your clothes. Articles of the same type of clothing can often be packed together to save space. For example, ten pairs of pants can be laid inside a garbage bag and folded over for easy packing.

☐ Start sorting and packing your items according to what room they belong to. You want your bathroom stuff together separate from your bedroom. If you have more than one bathroom, bedroom or family room, you’ll need to give each one a number or descriptor (like second bathroom or basement family room.)

☐ Leave your forwarding address with your post office. You’ll want to fill out a change of address form so that your mail reaches your new address.

☐ Notify important parties of your new address. This could be your banks, brokerage firms, your credit card issuers, insurance companies, your employer, utility companies and any magazines and newspapers that you currently subscribe to.

☐ Arrange for disconnection of your utilities at your existing residence.

☐ Arrange for the connection of utilities at your new residence.

☐ Schedule your utility installers for your new house. You’ll want to schedule electricity and cable people to come in about a day after you move in. You don’t want to be without internet and cable for too long, so make sure you schedule it as a priority.

☐ Get a refill for all of your prescriptions. If you get your prescription refilled within two weeks of moving, you won’t have to bother filling the prescription for the first couple of weeks at your new location.

☐ Find a new local pharmacy that’s within your insurance network to fill your prescriptions at your new residence.

☐ Get your car tuned up at a garage and ask what car adjustments might be needed if you’re moving to a different climate.

One Week Before Your Move

Here is the final moving checklist as you wind down the week before your move.

☐ Pack your suitcases with personal belongings and clothing a few days before moving. Pack your family’s suitcases with enough clothes for everyone to wear for at least two weeks.

☐ Defrost your freezer and empty your refrigerator. You can time it such that you eat all the food in your refrigerator just as you’re ready to leave.

☐ Make a final check of the house to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.