Cheat Sheet: Your Moving Day Checklist

Posted on May 12 2014 - 1:30pm by Brent Hardy


Hooray, you’re moving! (Aaaack, you’re moving!) Don’t fret. Organize a stress-free move by breaking it down into manageable tasks. Here’s your handy, step-by-step guide to moving day.

3 Months Before

❏     Budget moving expenses.

❏     Research moving company options.

❏     Create a moving file to keep track of everything: estimates, receipts, and an inventory of what you’re moving.


2 Months Before

❏     Compile dental, medical, shot, and prescriptions records.

❏     Ask doctors for referrals in your new area.

❏     Arrange to have school and veterinary records transferred.

❏     Contact gyms and organizations to have memberships cancelled or transferred.

❏     Decide how you will be moving your valuables (either certified mail or carry with you).

❏     Go through each room and sort what you’d like to keep and what can go.

❏     Order packing supplies: boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers.

❏     Plan a garage sale, if necessary.

❏     Take measurements in your new home.

❏     Decide on your move date.


1 Month Before

❏     Choose your mover and confirm your reservation.

❏     Begin packing items that you don’t use often. Label with each room of the home.

❏     Start using up the last of the items that can’t be moved (i.e. frozen foods and bleach).

❏     File a change of address with the Postal Service.

❏     Notify utility services: electric, water, gas, telephone, cable, internet, trash collection.

❏     Make travel arrangements for your pets.

❏     Plan how to transport your plants.

❏     Notify subscriptions services of your move.

❏     Plan meals for the last couple of weeks to use perishable food.

❏     Arrange to take off work on moving day.


1 Week Before

❏     Confirm arrangements again with your moving company.

❏     Stock up on any prescriptions you’ll need in the next few weeks.

❏     Pack your suitcases with enough clothes to wear for the next few days.

❏     Drain gas and oil from equipment and water from hoses.


1-3 Days Before

❏     Empty and defrost the refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move.

❏     Double-check details with the moving company, including arrival time and directions to your new home.

❏     Plan form of payment to the moving company.


Moving Day

❏     Verify that the moving truck that shows up is the one from the moving company you hired.

❏     Place carpet, floor, and door frame protectors throughout the home.

❏     Load your items in a predesignated order.

❏     Check every room one last time before leaving.

❏     Leave a note with your address so that future residents can forward any mail to your new home.

❏     Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.



Brent Hardy

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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