Moving Check List For Buyers

1-2 Months Before MovePDF print version

❏ Create binder/folder for moving records (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.)
❏ Plan your moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc) and get cost estimates
❏ See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits
❏ Research storage facilities if needed
❏ Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new place
❏ Phone ❏ Internet ❏ Cable ❏ Water ❏ Garbage ❏ Gas ❏ Electric

❏ Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables
❏ Plan how you will arrange furniture in the new place – use a floor plan or sketch
❏ Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or trash unnecessary items
❏ Schedule transfer of records (medical, children in school, etc.)
❏ Get copies of any records needed (medical, dental, etc.)
❏ Acquire packing materials (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)
❏ Make any home repairs that you have committed to making
❏ Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items
❏ Get things back that you have lent out
❏ Start using up food you have stored so there is less to move

3-4 Weeks Before Move

❏ Finalize moving method and make necessary arrangements
❏ Begin packing non-essential items
❏ Label boxes by room and contents
❏ Separate valuable items to transport yourself – label as DO NOT MOVE
❏ Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts and essential tools that you will want
to keep with you on move day – label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE
❏ Create an inventory list of items and box contents, including serial numbers
of major items – use this as an opportunity to update your home inventory
❏ Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online

Provide important contacts with your new address:
❏ Employers ❏ Family & Friends ❏ Attorney ❏ Accountant ❏ Others

❏ Notify your insurance and credit card companies about change of address
❏ Cancel automated payment plans and local accounts/memberships if necessary
❏ Take your vehicle(s) in for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling very far

1-2 Weeks Before Move

❏ Continue packing and clean as you go
❏ Pack items separately that you will need right away at your new place
❏ Plan to take the day off for moving day
❏ Find useful things for your children to do – involve them as much as possible
❏ Find someone to help watch small children on move day
❏ Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip
❏ Reconfirm your method of moving with those involved
❏ Make sure your prescriptions are filled
❏ Empty out your safe deposit box, secure those items for safe travel

Schedule cancellation of services for your old place
❏ Newspaper ❏ Housecleaning ❏ Lawn ❏ Pool ❏ Water Delivery

❏ Check your furniture for damages – note damages on your inventory
❏ Take furniture apart if necessary (desks, shelves, etc.)
❏ Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete
❏ If traveling far, notify credit card company to prevent automated deactivation
❏ Get rid of flammables such as paint, propane, and gasoline
❏ Try and use up perishable food

2-4 Days Before Move

❏ Confirm all moving details and that you have necessary paperwork
❏ Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move
❏ Plan when/how to pick up the truck (if rented)
❏ Prepare for the moving expenses (moving, food, lodging)
❏ Continue cleaning the house as you are packing
❏ Defrost your freezer and clean the fridge
❏ Make sure essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc)
❏ Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and essentials
❏ Set aside boxes/items that you are moving yourself (make sure you’ll have room)

Moving Day

❏ Remove bedding and take apart beds
❏ Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one
❏ Take movers/helpers through the house to inform them of what to do
❏ Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind – look behind doors
❏ Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail
❏ Take inventory before movers leave, sign bill of lading
❏ Make sure your movers have the correct new address
❏ Lock the windows and doors, turn off the lights
❏ Use a padlock to lock up a rented truck
  At your new place …
❏ Verify utilities are working – especially power, water, heating, and cooling
❏ Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed
❏ Clean the kitchen and vacuum as needed (especially where furniture will be going)
❏ Direct movers/helpers where to put things
❏ Offer drinks and snacks, especially if the helpers are volunteers
❏ Assemble beds with bedding
❏ Begin unpacking, starting with kitchen, bathroom and other essentials

Moving In – Weeks 1-2

❏ Check for damages while unpacking – be aware of deadline for insurance claims
❏ Replace locks if necessary and make at least 2 copies of your new keys
❏ Confirm that mail is now arriving at your new address
❏ Make sure your previous utilities have been paid for and canceled
Complete your change of address checklist
❏ Bank(s) ❏ Credit Cards ❏ IRS ❏ Loans ❏ Insurance ❏ Pension plans
❏ Attorney ❏ Accountant ❏ Physicians ❏ Family support
❏ Newspapers ❏ Magazines ❏ Licenses ❏ Memberships

❏ Schedule a time to get a local driving license and update vehicle registration
❏ Get local phonebooks and maps
❏ Find new doctors, dentists, etc, depending on your needs & insurance
❏ After you are moved in, update your home inventory, including photos of rooms
❏ Update your renters insurance or homeowners insurance if needed