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.
❏ 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.