Moving yourself or a loved one can be a stressful experience. Here is a checklist that can help ease the stress of moving and ensure you tie up all of your lose ends when moving from one place to another.

2 Months Prior to Moving

  • Send in New home deposit
    • Inquire about move in days/times
  • Contact insurance agent to see if a change in policy is necessary
  • Get price quotes on moving/shipping services
    • Purchase moving insurance
  • Determine what of your belongings will/will not fit in your new home
  • Begin sorting your items into: Keep, Donate, Trash
    • hold a garage sale
    • make a trip to Salvation Army or Goodwill
  • Reserve storage space if necessary
  • Order moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and other supplies
  • Fill out USPS change of address paperwork

1 Month Prior to Moving

  • Notify physicians of your relocation. If moving out the area, ask for referrals in new area
  • Schedule the disconnection of utilities in the old home
    • phone
    • internet
    • cable
    • water
    • garbage
    • gas
    • electric
  • Begin packing non-essentials
    • towels
    • linens
    • extra dishware
  • Label packed boxes by room and contents
  • Separate valuable items to transport yourself
  • Notify services about change of address
    • Insurance
    • Credit Card Companies
    • Social Security Administration
    • State Vehicle Registration
    • State/Federal Tax Bureau
    • Pharmacy/Prescription Delivery Program
    • Banks
  • Cancel magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
  • Print new checks with new address

1-2 Weeks Prior to Move

  • Confirm movers (date, time, pricing, number of personnel on hand, etc.)
    •  Continue packing
    •  Pack suitcases with clothes and personal items
    •  Separate daily necessities for quick, easy access to them in the new home
    • Make sure all prescriptions are filled
    • Take pictures of furniture and note any damages on an inventory sheet
    • Dispose of hazardous waste—paint, propane, gasoline, etc.

2-4 Days Prior to Move

  • Begin packing necessities
  • Create a schedule for moving day
  •  Have a screwdriver, wrench, pliers, tape, etc. handy
  •  Set aside boxes you’re moving yourself

Moving Day

  • Remove bedding and take beds apart
  • Take movers through the house & inform them of what to do
  •  Check each room for things left behind
  •  Verify utilities work at new home
  • Assemble bedding & important personal spaces first
  • Begin unpacking essentials for kitchen, bathroom, living room

Moving yourself or a loved on can be a very long and stressful process. Remember to practice self care through the stress and stay well so you can enjoy your new home.


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