This list of moving tips is not fully inclusive. There will of course be items not on this list that may apply to you. I encourage you to look online for more ideas, or talk with your Realtor to brainstorm additional to-do’s.
Six to Eight Weeks Before
- Use up things that may be difficult to move, such as frozen food.
- Get estimates from professional movers or from truck rental companies if you are moving yourself
- Once you’ve selected a mover, discuss insurance, packing, loading, and delivery, and the claims procedure.
- Sort through your possessions. Decide what you want to keep, what you want to sell and what you wish to donate to charity.
- Record serial numbers on electronic equipment, take photos (or video) of all your belongings are create an inventory list.
- Obtain a change of address packet from the post office and send to creditors, magazine subscription offices and catalog vendors.
- Discuss tax-deductible moving expenses with your accountant and begin keeping accurate records.
Two to Four Weeks Before
- If you’re moving to a new community, contact the Chamber of Commerce and school district and request information about services.
- Make reservations with airlines, hotels and car rental agencies, if needed.
- If you are moving yourself, use your inventory list to determine how many boxes you will need.
- Begin packing nonessential items.
- Arrange for storage, if needed.
- If you have items you don’t want to pack and move, hold a yard sale.
- Get car license, registration and insurance in order.
- Transfer your bank accounts to new branch locations if needed. Cancel any direct deposit or automatic payments from accounts at your current bank or city utility bills.
- Make special arrangements to move pets, and consult your veterinarian about ways to make travel comfortable for them (or google some ideas).
- Have your car checked and serviced before the trip.
- Collect items from safe-deposit box.
Two to Three Days Prior
- Change your utilities, including, phone, power and water, from your old address to your new address.
- Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
- Have movers pack your belongings.
- Label each box with contents and the room where you want it to be delivered.
- Arrange to have payment ready for moving company.
- Set aside legal documents and valuables that you do not want packed.
- Pack clothing and toiletries, along with extra clothes in case moving company is delayed.
- Give your travel itinerary to a close friend or relative so they can reach you as needed.
Moving Day: Old Home
- Pick up the truck as early as possible if you are moving yourself.
- Make a list of every item and box loaded on the truck.
- Let the mover know how to reach you.
- Double-check closets, cupboards, attic, basement and garage for any left-behind items.
Moving Day: New Home
- Be on hand at the new home to answer questions and give instructions to mover.
- Check off boxes and items as they come off the truck.
- Install new locks.
- Confirm that the utilities have been turned on and are ready for use.
- Unpack for “first day” box (see below for suggested contents)
- Unpack children’s toys and find a safe place for them to play.
- Examine your goods for damage.
Essential Packing Materials
- Furniture pads
- Handtruck or dolly
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Newspaper or packing paper
- Utility knife
- Felt-tip markers
- Cornstarch packing “peanuts”
- Plenty of boxes
Handy Items Include
Pack a “first day” box with items you will need right away. Now that’s a moving tip!
- Utility knife
- Coffee cups
- Instant coffee or tea, soft drinks
- Pencil and paper
- Bath towels
- Trash bags
- Shelf liner
- Paper plates
- Toilet paper
- Children’s toys and books
I hope this list of moving tips was helpful! Good luck.