If you are anticipating moving in your near future, creating a checklist of “to-dos” beforehand is the best way to ensure that you are prepared and will also help you stay organized. We have compiled a sample list of items to add to your moving checklist.
Phase 1 (about 2 months prior to your move)
Have a garage sale or donate old and unused items
Research moving companies
Make a folder that contains all receipts, inventory and other estimates
Organize school records, doctor records, bills, etc.
Phase 2 (about 6 weeks prior to your move)
Collect all moving supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.
Use up all disposable items such as food and cleaning supplies or throw away
Measure your new home to make sure your furniture will fit
Phase 3 (about 1 month prior to your move)
Start packing - pack the least used items first
Label each box for the room it belongs in, i.e. “kitchen supplies”
Choose your mover and schedule your moving date
Pack valuables that you want to take with you separately
Change your address at the local post office or online
Alert important parties of your move such as your employer, banks, doctors, schools, insurance, etc.
Phase 4 (about 2 weeks prior your move)
If you are driving, give your car a tune-up, especially if you are driving far
Contact the moving company to confirm the date
Clear out your safe-deposit box if you have one
Phase 5 (1 week prior to your move)
Pack the last few items in suitcases, such as clothes
Stock up on any prescriptions
Phase 6 (a few days prior to your move)
Double check details such as directions to your new home for the movers and contact information, etc.
If you are taking your refrigerator, defrost the freezer
Pack your carry-on with snacks and entertainment for the trip
Phase 7 (moving day)
Verify that the moving truck you hired is the right one to avoid scams
Take inventory of your items before the movers leave to ensure that you have everything