You’ll know the final move-in date for your new home well in advance – but it’s still a major undertaking to pack and unpack while remembering all the little things that invariably slip through the cracks. The following timeline and checklist is intended to provide you with a head start on the moving process and to help make sure you touch all your “moving” bases!
- Remove unnecessary items from storage areas
- Designate items to keep, discard and/or donate
- Get estimates from moving companies
- Check that move is covered by insurance
- Use up items such as cleaning supplies, frozen foods, etc.
- Organize important documentation, create new a file for moving paperwork
- Arrange for the transfer of children’s school records
- Collect moving materials: sturdy boxes, plastic bags, newspapers, packing tape, markers, bubble wrap, Styrofoam
- Investigate doctors, banks and other services in your new community
- Complete change of address cards for: banks, credit cards, doctors, dentists, friends and relatives, insurance, lawyer, CPA, stockbroker, magazines, etc.
- Hold a garage sale or donate unwanted items
- Select a mover and confirm insurance coverage
- Begin packing
- Contact electric, water, telephone, cable TV, newspaper and other services with disconnect dates and connect dates for new home
- Notify gardener or other regular service providers
- Gather and secure all important paperwork including car registration and licensing, birth certificates, wills, deeds and stock or loan papers
- Request refunds for unused insurance and other pre-paid services at current home
- Request security deposit refund (if renting)
- Contact insurance companies (car, homeowner’s, medical and life) to arrange coverage at new address
- Notify post office of new address
- Notify Department of Motor Vehicles of new address
- Review arrangements with moving company
- Make moving arrangements for plants, pets, china, jewelry, etc.
- Get a copy of pet records from veterinarian
- Pick up dry cleaning and return library books and other rented items
- Secure two-week supply of prescription medication
- Provide moving company with detailed directions to current and new home
A Few Days Before
- Complete packing and label all boxes
- Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer
- Disconnect major appliances not in use
- Pack first night items: sheets, towels, toiletries, alarm clock, change of clothes, pet food, flashlight, etc.
- Pack other necessary items: scissors, knife, masking/duct tape, basic tools, coffee, coffee maker, disposable cups, water, snacks, paper plates, picnic utensils, paper towels, soap, toilet paper, pen, notepad, important phone numbers, trash bags, sponges, cleaning clothes, aspirin, etc.
- Be home to supervise move and stay until finished
- Review bill of lading and inventory
- Provide movers with emergency numbers
- Make final sweep of home to make sure everything is completed
At New Home
- Be there to supervise movers
- Unpack first night items and other necessities
- Check inventory list
- Check for damaged or missing items
- Make sure important papers are safe and secure
- Enjoy your new home!
Before you begin packing, here are some important things to remember:
- Label each box as you pack it with a description of the contents and the room where it should go in your new home.
- Pack heavy items in smaller boxes.
- Carefully wrap breakable items in newspaper, bubble wrap or even towels or clothes.
- Don’t overload boxes. Always leave some open room at the top.
- Never pack prescriptions, jewelry, or important records or paperwork among other items. They become very difficult to find.
- Tape electric cords under appliances. This way they don’t become lost or dangle dangerously.
- Don’t tape furniture doors and drawers. This can seriously damage furniture finishes.