Moving To Do List [Printable]
It’s never too early to start planning and this 8-week timeline and moving to do list is filled with the best tips for a smooth move.
Keep this handy and check back often to make sure you are keeping up with your deadlines.
Eight Weeks Until Moving Day
❑ Do your moving research. Request a quote from BigSteelBox. Ask friends for packing and moving tips.
❑ Create a moving binder. This will be the home for all your receipts, records, inventory list, and of course a copy of your moving house checklist!
❑ Create a moving budget for moving expenses.
❑ Sort and Purge! Go through all your belongings and sort items to keep, donate, sell, and throw away.
❑ Donate to a local charity or hold a garage sale. Take items you are throwing out to a recycler or dump
❑ Research your new community before you move your home and life.
❑ Check with your employer about moving expense benefits. Some of your moving expenses may be covered or may be tax exempt.
❑ Get a floor plan of your new home. Take detailed measurements.
❑ Make any repairs you have committed to finishing before your move.
Six Weeks Until Moving Day
❑ Get packing supplies (boxes, tape, stuffing, padding, permanent markers, etc.) Start cooking with any stored food.
❑ Schedule disconnection of utilities (phone, internet, cable, water, garbage, gas, and electric).
❑ Inform your children’s school of the move and gather school records.
❑ Contact your insurance agent to see about any changes to your policies.
❑ Contact any clubs or health clubs or organizations to cancel or transfer memberships.
❑ Compile records (medical, dental, prescription, legal, and financial) and ask for referrals.
❑ Return rented or borrowed items to their owners.
❑ Inventory all valuable items. Keep your list in your moving binder.
❑ Remove items in a storage shed or attic.
❑ List everyone you need to notify about your move (creditors, subscriptions, family, professional contacts, friends, etc.)
❑ Will you need more than a few hours to move? Need the flexibility of a few days or weeks to move? Be sure to look into moving and storage solutions that can be delivered, picked up and unpacked at your convenience.
One Month Until Moving Day
❑ Choose your method of moving and confirm timelines and arrangements for your move.
❑ Start packing belongings into moving boxes. Begin with items you use infrequently. Note valuable items that may need insurance from the moving company.
❑ Label moving boxes. Clearly write on the box which room it is destined for and its contents.
❑ Separate valuables to be moved personally and label the boxes DO NOT MOVE.
❑ Visit your local post office and complete a “Change of Address” form.
❑ Make any special travel arrangements for pets.
❑ Have your car serviced.
❑ Create a box for tools or parts you may need on moving day.
❑ Create a list of serial numbers for electronics or other valuable items.
2 Weeks Until Moving Day
❑ Continue packing and cleaning as you go.
❑ Arrange to be off work on your moving day. No need to miss work if you have rented a portable storage container. If the placement instructions are clear, your driver can pickup and deliver your BigSteelBox without you having to be on location.
❑ Clean out any safe-deposit boxes.
❑ If you hired a moving company, contact and re-confirm your arrangements in case of double bookings. It happens more than you think.
❑ Plan your meals for the last two weeks and use up leftover food.
❑ Assemble a folder of important info for the next homeowner.
❑ Arrange someone to watch any small children on moving day.
❑ Pack suitcases with personal items.
❑ Fill any prescriptions.
❑ Note any current damages to your furniture. Keep in your moving binder.
❑ If travelling far, notify your credit card company of the relocation.
❑ Get rid of flammables (paint, propane, gasoline, etc.) and drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, heaters, etc.
A Few Days Until Moving Day
❑ Wake up with a smile.
❑ Make an action plan for moving day.
❑ Set aside boxes you will be moving yourself.
❑ Clean rugs and carpets and have them ready.
❑ Measure doorways and furniture.
❑ Disassemble furniture if possible.
❑ Defrost freezer and clean fridge.
❑ Pack an essentials box to keep with you for the move.
❑ Plan for payment: have your cheque, money order, or credit card ready and in your essentials box so it doesn’t get misplaced.
❑ Prepare specific directions to new home if you hired a moving company.
❑ Put aside clothes and personal belongings for Moving day.
❑ Verify! Make sure the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired. Unfortunately, moving companies hire contractors when they are busy or double book you.
❑ Place carpet, floor, and door frame protectors throughout the home.
❑ Personally supervise any hired labour. Some possessions can be priceless!
❑ Do a walkthrough. Check every room and closet one more time.
❑ Leave a forwarding address for the new owner for any stray mail.
❑ Lock windows and doors, turn off lights, turn the air conditioner off, or lower the heat.
❑ Wave goodbye!
After Your Move
❑ Use your damage list to confirm your furniture wasn’t broken in the move unless of course you decided on a residential moving container!
❑ Confirm that mail is arriving at your new home.
❑ Make sure previous utilities have been paid for and cancelled.
❑ Schedule time to update your vehicle registration and driver’s licence.
❑ Keep all documents in your moving binder and keep it in an easy-to-remember place.
❑ Enjoy your new home!
You should now feel a sense of accomplishment as you check items off on your moving checklist and it will give you peace of mind as you progress through the timeline. This way nothing will be overlooked and you won’t feel rushed as the big day comes closer.
Now get your binder ready and include this timeline. That’s why we made this printable moving checklist! Have a happy move!
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