Home Buying Tools

Time to Move to Your New Home!


Moving to a New Home Checklist

Two months before the move

    ·Start sorting belongs into “what to keep” and “what to donate” piles.

    ·Research moving companies. Request on-site estimates from at least three companies.

    ·Create a “moving” binder that will be a one-stop source for estimates, receipts and a moving inventory.

    ·If switching school districts, arrange for records to be transferred to the new school(s).

Six weeks before the move

    ·Order the boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other needed supplies.

    ·Start using up frozen foods, cleaning supplies and other items that might not be able to be moved, especially on a long-distance relocation.

    ·Arrange for temporary storage of items, if needed.

One month before the move

    ·Choose the mover and confirm arrangements.

    ·Start packing infrequently used items and clearly label and number each box with its contents and the intended room.

    ·Put jewelry and important files in a “safe box” that will be personally moved. Include the mover’s estimate in this box; it will be needed on moving day.

    ·Set a box aside that will be filled with items needed on moving day, such as tools, small parts from furniture, etc.

    ·Fill out a change of address form either online at usps.gov, at the post office or request one from your postman.

    ·Alert magazines, newspapers, employers, banks, credit card companies, utility companies and insurers about the move.

    ·If necessary, forward medical and dental records to new health care providers or pick up copies.

    ·Return borrowed items and collect things that have been loaned out.

Two weeks before the move

    ·Request time off from work.

    ·Close out safety deposit boxes if changing banks.

    ·Reconfirm arrangements with the moving company.

    ·Discard any flammables such as paint, propane, gas, etc.

    ·Arrange a babysitter or move assistant to help with the kids (if you have them).

One week before the move

    ·Refill prescriptions or switch to a pharmacy close to your new home.

    ·Finish general packing a few days before the moving date and then pack suitcases with enough clothes to wear for several days.

A few days before the move

    ·Empty and clean the refrigerator.

    ·Again reconfirm with the moving company, providing exact, written directions for the new home. Include contact information.

    ·Plan for payment to the moving company. Remember to have cash on hand for tips.

Moving day

    ·Remove bedding and take beds apart.

    ·Walk the movers through the home to show them everything that needs to be moved.

    ·Write a note for the new residents leaving a forwarding address and other contact information.

    ·Before the moving truck pulls out, do one last walk-through of the home to make sure everything has been loaded.

    ·Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy for your records.

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