Buyer Basics

Moving Checklist

Use my Moving Checklist to stay on schedule throughout the moving process, organize your essential items, and pack a first-day box for your new home.

Twelve weeks before:

❱ Get estimates from professional movers or truck rental companies if needed.


❱ Once you've selected a mover, discuss insurance, packing, loading and delivery, and the claims procedure.

Six to eight weeks before:

❱ Use up things that may be difficult to move, such as frozen food.


❱ 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 and create an inventory list.


❱ If you are moving yourself, use your inventory list to determine how many boxes you will need. Stock up on the items you'll need from our "Moving Essentials" list on the right.


❱ Obtain a change of address packet from the post office and send it to creditors, magazine subscription offices, and catalog vendors.


❱ Discuss tax-deductible moving expenses with your accountant and begin keeping accurate records.


❱ 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.


❱ Begin packing nonessential items.

Two to four weeks before:

❱ Arrange for storage, if needed.


❱ If you have items you don’t want to pack and move, hold a yard sale.


❱ Update the address listed on your car registration, license, and insurance.


❱ Transfer your bank accounts and safe-deposit box items to new branch locations if needed. Cancel or redirect any direct deposit or automatic payments from your accounts.


❱ Make special arrangements to move your pets and consult your veterinarian about ways to make travel comfortable for them.


❱ Have your car checked and serviced if you'll need to drive it a long distance.


❱ Change your utilities, including phone, power, and water, from your old address to your new address.

Week of moving day:

❱ Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.


❱ Have movers pack your belongings.


❱ Label each box with the contents and the room where you want it to be delivered.


❱ If you're using a moving company, arrange to pay for their services in full, or the remainder of what you owe, upon delivery.


❱ Set aside legal documents and valuables that you do not want packed.


❱ Pack clothing and toiletries, along with extra clothes in case the moving company is delayed.


❱ Give your travel itinerary to a close friend or relative so they can reach you as needed.


❱ Pack a first-day box with items that you'll want accessible before other boxes are unpacked. See our list of suggested items on the right and add any others you'll want to include.

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