Moving Checklist

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SIX WEEKS BEFORE

_____  Hire a mover.   Ask friends for recommendations for movers. Get quotes from at least three licensed companies.

               Be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Are on-site estimates offered? 
  • How is pricing determined?
  • Will the movers pack items? (If so, at what additional cost?)
  • Is the quote binding or nonbinding?
  • What insurance is included?
  • What additional charges may arise?
_____  Request a copy of the signed contract.

_____  Contact your insurance company for additional coverage (optional).

_____  Create a binder to hold all move-related paperwork (checklists, contracts, receipts).

FIVE WEEKS BEFORE

_____  Conduct a room-by-room survey. Sort items to keep, donate, discard, and sell.

_____  Hold a garage sale if desired.

_____  Have valuable items appraised. Photograph or videotape them. Upload images onto the computer, and save them to a CD.

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE

Gather packing supplies, including:
  • Boxes (various sizes; wardrobe boxes)
  • Box cutters
  • Tape (packing, masking, blue painters’) Tape dispensers
  • Wrapping material (bubble, plastic, tissue paper) Labels
  • Colored stickers

THREE WEEKS BEFORE

_____  Pack contents of garage, attic, and storage areas, as well as other infrequently used items (books, holiday decorations).

_____  Assign a color to each room. Mark boxes and furniture with appropriate stickers (see label template).

_____  Label and number each box. Keep a master inventory list with contents of each box.

_____  Have utilities and phone/Internet services disconnected in the old home the day after you leave and installed in the new home the day before you arrive.

_____  Call a locksmith to have your new home’s locks changed on moving day or before.

_____  Arrange to have a cleaning company prepare the new home before you arrive and tidy the old home after you leave if desired.

_____  Create a binder to hold all move-related paperwork (checklists, contracts, receipts).

TWO WEEKS BEFORE

_____  Pack the bulk of your items.

_____  Complete a change-of-address form online (usps.com) or at the post office.

_____  Notify magazines, newspapers, banks, and credit card companies of your new address.

ONE WEEK BEFORE

_____  Print an information sheet for the movers. Include the old and new addresses, directions, and your cell phone number.

_____  Get a cashier’s check made for the movers if necessary. Withdraw cash for the tip.

_____  Finish packing. Set aside enough clothing for the week ahead, plus a suitcase or two for those items.

_____  Put small valuables and important documents in a box or bag. Ask a friend to hold on to it until you’re settled, or lock it in the trunk of your car on moving day.

_____  Create a last-out, first-in box with all day-to-day necessities, including any of the following that are applicable:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tools
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Medications
  • Camera (to document items broken in transit)
  • Snacks
  • A few dishes and utensils

MOVING DAY

_____  Do a walk-through before movers arrive to make sure everything is packed.

_____  Make sure there are no items left behind.

_____  Give keys to the real estate agent or landlord.

_____  Arrange for someone to direct the movers at your new home.

_____  Check items off the inventory list as they are unloaded.

_____  Inspect for damages. Photograph relevant items before signing the release (sometimes referred to as a bill of lading).

_____  Test faucets, toilets, utilities, phones, smoke detectors, and security systems.

_____  Turn on water heater if necessary.

_____  Begin to unpack.

_____  Flatten boxes. Set them out for recycling, or store for future use

OTHER:

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(source: Martha Stuart)

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