Moving Checklist

Six to Eight Weeks Prior to Move In:

Purchase or rent moving supplies: tape, markers, scissors, pocket knife, newspaper, blankets, moving pads, plastic storage bins, rope and a hand truck. Free boxes can usually be obtained at a local supermarket, but consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for clothes.

Have a garage sale to clear out unwanted items and plan accordingly.

Consider donating unwanted items.

Keep a detailed record of all moving expenses. Your costs (and donations) may be tax deductible depending on the reasons for your move.

Two Weeks Prior to Move In:

Hire a reputable mover or rent a moving truck. Be sure to get referrals or references, check with the Better Business Bureau, get estimates and purchase moving insurance.

Two weeks before moving day, contact your telephone, electric, gas, cable/satellite, refuse and water companies to set a specific date when service will be discontinued. Contact utilities companies in your new town about service start dates, including Internet and telephone services.

Notify healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) of your move and ask for referrals and record transfers.

Register children for school and ask for school records to be transferred.

Notify lawn service, cleaning and security companies when service should be terminated.

Advise the post office, publications and correspondents of change of address and date of move.

Check your homeowners’ insurance and make arrangements for new coverage.

Moving Day:

Have tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.

Give every room a final once over. Don't forget to check the basement, yards, attic, garage and closets.

Have the final payment for the movers and money for a tip.

Visit for local service providers from plumbing and electrical to foundation and carpet cleaning.

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