Moving Timeline: Your Week by Week Moving Checklist
Moving to a new home requires good planning and organization. It’s a process that can seem overwhelming at times with so much to do. That’s why we want to provide a moving timeline to help you prioritize tasks and start on things as early as possible to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
8 Weeks Prior to Moving Day
- Get organized. Create a folder or file where you can put all your move-related paperwork and dedicate a notebook for all your moving notes.
- Decide if you will hire a moving company like 1st Choice Movers or move on your own. If hiring, contact moving companies for estimates and reserve your space as soon as you have a firm moving date.
- Start sorting. Decide what to keep, discard or donate. Remember the more things you keep means the more things you’ll have to move!
6 Weeks Prior to Moving Day
- Get supplies. Collect or buy boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap. If you are using our services, you can consider our Moving Box Program.
- Start packing – this is the most time-consuming part, so start early!
- Notify schools if moving to a new school district. Get copies of your children’s records and check into the enrollment process at the schools near your new residence.
- Gather medical records if moving far away. Get these together for yourself and your children. Also get vet records for any pets.
- Start looking for a health care provider in your new location.
- Book a moving company if you haven’t yet.
4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day
- Continue packing – make sure you label all boxes so unpacking will be easier.
- Start the process of closing out utility service at your current place and getting them set up at your new residence.
- If you are currently renting, inform your landlord that you are moving.
- Change your address. You can do this through the USPS website. Notify banks, creditors, magazine subscriptions, doctors, dentists, friends and family of your new address.
- Transfer insurance. If your current home is covered, check with your agent to transfer the policy to your new home.
- Use up your food. Plan ahead to have as little food left in your freezer and pantry when moving day arrives.
2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day
- Pack with a vengeance! This is the time to start boxing up most everything left in your home, other than daily essentials. Again, remember to label all boxes!
- Keep valuables such as jewelry or heirlooms in a special place so you can transport them yourself, rather than have them mixed in with other packed items.
- If your new place needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to get this done before you arrive.
- Properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as gasoline, paint and solvents.
- Arrange to discontinue your telephone service as well as satellite or cable TV. Get these set up at your new home.
- Pack an essentials box or two – all the things you’ll need immediately after you unload at your new location such as toiletries, towels, sheets, blankets, a change of clothes and cleaning supplies.
- Open a bank account in your new location or order checks with your new address.
1 Week Prior to Moving Day
- Check in with your mover to confirm the date and time of your move.
- Clean each room thoroughly as you finish packing.
- Clean and defrost your fridge and freezer.
- Make sure you have all documents related to the move handy.
- Work with your movers. Help your movers identify fragile or large items right away. Be there when the movers load your items onto the truck. You’ll be responsible to verify that everything is loaded.
- Before the movers pull away, do a final check of your home to be sure nothing was left behind.
- Keep your kids and pets away from the moving epicenter, preferably in a safe room in the house or somewhere far from the chaos.
- Make sure your moving company has the accurate destination address and your cell phone number in case something unexpected comes up.
- Make sure you have the key to your new place.
- Supervise the unloading at your new place and make sure boxes and other items get placed in the right rooms.
- Watch for damaged items or boxes. Note anything on the mover’s bill of lading.
- Unpack your essentials then try to relax a little before beginning the job of unpacking.