8 Week Moving Checklist

Week 8

  • create a "moving file" to keep track of estimates, receipts, and other important information
  • collect moving quotes if you choose to use a moving company
  • contact chamber of commerce of new community and request a new resident packet
  • draw out a floor plan of your new home and determine which function each room will serve

Week 7

  • start compiling medical and dental records including prescriptions and shot records
  • arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district
  • get copies of any legal/financial records you need
  • call insurance agents to let them know  you’re moving and possibly obtain insurance for your new home
  • contact organizations and health clubs you've joined to move, sell, or terminate your membership

Week 6

  • make a list of hard to replace or valuable items and make accommodations for the move
  • make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses to notify of your move
  • work your way through each room and take inventory of what you would want to donate or sell during a yard sale - save your charitable receipts for tax purposes
  • begin using up things that are difficult to move, such as frozen foods, bleach, or aerosol cleaners

Week 5

  • start collecting boxes and other packing supplies
  • begin packing items you don't use often
  • plan ahead for possible short-term or long-term storage at new destination if needed

Week 4

  • file a “change of address” at postal service
  • schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home and connection at your new residence
  • host your yard sale

Week 3

  • prepare auto registration to be transferred
  • dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons

Week 2

  • contact your bank to transfer or close accounts and clear out safety deposit boxes
  • confirm travel arrangements for pets and family
  • notify any creditors of move
  • assemble a file of important information about the house for the new owner

Week before

  • notify friends and family of your new address and phone number
  • finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box
  • designate several boxes and items as "last load" items
  • empty and defrost refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day
  • fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks

Moving out

  • supervise hired movers if used
  • take inventory of boxes being loaded
  • check every room, closet, and cabinet one last time before deciding if everything is loaded

Moving in

  • check appliances to make sure all are in proper working order
  • verify mail is being delivered to new address
  • take inventory of incoming boxes to new residence

After moving tips

  • get a new drivers license
  • register to vote
  • contact local paper for a new subscription