Moving Checklist

Let’s get you moving!

We have comprised a checklist to help you throughout the next phase of your move.

Two Months Before

  • Sort and purge
  • Research moving companies. Many of my clients have had great luck with Thompson Movers (708) 687-4446 so I have included their number. Whichever service you use make sure to get at least an on-site estimate (I like an exact amount so no surprises) and check their past performances. Better Business Bureau 1-219-227-8400
  • Create a moving binder (estimates, receipts & inventory of items you’re moving)
  • Create a folder of appliance warranties etc. that can be shared with the new owners.
  • Organize school, dental, & medical records to easily transfer to new district.
  • Gather supplies (boxes, tape, bubble wrap, & permanents markers. Tip: Costco boxes are a nice size for all to carry, some come with handles and best of all are free! You can use different colored boxing tape for each room. Red – kitchen, etc. Put tape on door of room as well.

Six Weeks Before

  • Use it – start using up frozen and perishable foods and cleaning supplies
  • Make travel arrangements for pets and plants. Tip: check with moving company on what you can and can’t move. Often, they have a do not ship list.

One Month Before

  • Ensure that your moving company has been selected and confirm date, cost & other details. It is best to get a set price not an estimate.
  • Begin packing. Clearly label each box with the room it is coming from, a number & a brief description of contents.
  • Tip: Make one box marked “Essentials” that you will carry with you and need right away such as medications, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products/utensils, pajamas, & even light bulbs, small tool kit, scissors, tape, a few rags & trash bags.
  • A separate box with valuables is a good idea as well. You may even give to a relative or friend prior to move to ensure safe keeping.
  • Tape a pillow to front of TV make sure not to lay on its side. Can also tape cords to the back so they don’t get lost. Tape an “x” on mirrors to help as well.
  • Protect knives in oven mitt. 
  • Spread some white bar soap to fix nail holes.
  • Saran Wrap or zip lock over bottles and then recap to prevent spills. Cover glasses with socks for protection.
  • Group clothes in garbage bag and leave on hanger. Transfer groupings to shower rod and hang across your hand grabs in the backseat.
  • Put a paper plate between plates instead of newspaper. Save the ink mess and you can use them for easy cleanup of eating while unpacking.
  • Good time for a garage sale.
  • Do a change of address at the local post office or online at

Notify important parties: banks, brokerage firms, employer’s human resource department, magazines & newspapers, credit card, insurance and utility companies. 

  • Electric        
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Cell Phone
  • Sewer
  • Trash Collection
  • Cable/satellite, internet and landline phone

Update address

  • Fill out a change of address with Postal Service. Have mail held if necessary. Notify friends and family of your new address so you can stay in touch. Tip: If you wish to provide a mailing list of friends and family we will update them of your move.

Notify other businesses. These service accounts should be aware that your address is changing. Tip: Keep track of incoming mail as a reminder of who utilizes your address.

  • Auto Finance Company
  • Insurance Company
  • Bank/Credit Union
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Health Club
  • Home Care Service Providers (lawn, exterminator, snow removal, Home Owners Association, etc.)
  • Laundry Service
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Monthly Memberships (Netflix, Book of the Month, etc.)
  • Pharmacy
  • Any other service that would need an updated billing address
  • Notify government offices
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Administration
  • Veterans Administration

Arrange Parking. Make sure you know where your moving equipment will go and where any moving help will park. Obtain parking permits if needed.

Plan meals. Prepare meals that use up any perishable food during last weeks of move.

Prepare the House. Assemble the folder you created of important house information for the next home owner and complete any necessary repairs. Leave a note with your address so future residents can forward stray mail.

1 Week Before

  • Review moving plans. Call moving company to confirm moving plans and arrival time. Remind friends and family if you are seeking help.
  • Make sure current home is prepared for final walk-thru of new owners.
  • Prepare for payment. Contact bank or credit card company and mention move to avoid fraud alerts or declines from travel activity.
  • Check how mover’s plan to be paid and plan accordingly. Make sure they have your contact information on moving day.
  • Pack essentials box. Finalize your essentials box with things you will need when you arrive at new house. Tip: Load essentials box last so that you can access immediately.
  • Pack for travel. Bring enough clothes and toiletries to cover the days of travel. Tip: Refill prescriptions and bring with as well.
  • Prepare appliances. Drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, eaters, etc. Empty and defrost refrigerator and freezer at least 24 hours before move.
  • Measure furniture and doorways. Measure large items to determine if they will fit through the door or plan an alternate route.

 Moving Day

  • Clear a path. Make sure nothing blocking walkway Protect carpet, floor and door frames from damage.
  • Do final walkthrough. Check every room & closet one last time to ensure nothing is left behind. Make sure any appliances left are off.
  • Leave key and garage door openers for new owners. You may choose to leave a prepaid envelope for future mail that may come to you.
  • Arrange for pick-up of any items not being moved by movers (dog, plants, etc.

Moving In

  • Unpack. Load your items and begin organizing new home.
  • Get settled. Pick up any mail being held, get a new driver’s license and automobile tags, register to vote, locate places such as gas stations, doctor’s offices & grocery stores.