Moving Checklist

Six to Eight Weeks Before Move Date:

  • Review your relocation package (if you have one) to determine your moving and moving company benefits.
  • Contact a reputable mover. Check with the Better Business Bureau should you need assistance choosing the right mover.
  • Decide whether you will do some packing or if you will have the moving company handle the packing for you.
  • Set your date for the move to occur.
  • Arrange for storage unit if needed.
  • Begin making an inventory list and/or take pictures, room by room of all items to be packed and moved.
  • Start a log and keep receits of all moving expenses as they may be tax deductible.
  • Give Schools and Day Care Centers notice of move.
  • Arange for school records to be transferred.
  • Arrange for copies of medical records and possible referrals to new physicians.
  • Notify insurance companies of changes and new policies needed.
  • As you begin to pack your items, label each box with destination room.
  • Put all important papers in a fire safe box and keep in a safe place for the move.

Four to Six Weeks Before Move Date:

  • Notify the post office that you are moving. Forms can be picked up at any post office, from your mail carrier or online at
  • Begin useing items in the pantry and freezer and only buy what you will need prior to the move.
  • Prepair a list of friends, relatives and vendors you do business with that will need to know of your move. Below is a possible list of people to notify.


  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Sewer District
  • Trash
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Fuel (Oil/Propane)
  • Sewer District

Professional Services

  • Doctor(s)
  • Dentist
  • Accountant
  • Lawyer
  • Broker
  • Insurance Agency

Personal Accounts

  • Pharmacy
  • Dry Cleaner
  • Lawn Service
  • Bank/Finance Companies
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Laundry Service
  • Auto Finance Companies
  • Health Club


  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Professional Journals

Government Offices

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Administration
  • State/Federal Tax Bureaus
  • City/County tax Assessor
  • Veterans Administration

Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Date

  • Notify your mover of any changes to items being moved, move dates, etc.
  • Have a going away party for children and friends.
  • Make family travel plans hotel rooms, car rental, airline tickets, etc).
  • If driving, have your car serviced.

One to Two Weeks Before Moving Date

  • Have Draperies & Rugs cleaned.
  • Leave them in the plastic wrap they are returned in for the move.
  • Empty any lockers at the health club, bowling alley, etc.
  • Return library books, videos, etc.
  • Make a list of items you plan to keep with you during the move inclding important papersm jewelry, etc.
  • Arrange for disconnection of transfers of utilities.Make sure to keep utilities in your name for the move date.
  • Arrange to have utilties turned on at your new address.

One to Two Days Before Moving Day

  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer.
  • Purchase Travelers Checks if needed.
  • Reconcile and close bank accounts.
  • Complete packing.

Moving Day

  • Remain on the premises while movers are packing and loading the truck.
  • Make sure the mover has the correct delivery address.
  • Prior to leaving, make sure there are no items left behind, water is shut off, furnace and a/c are shut off, light switches turned off, utilities arranged for disconnection, windows shut and locked, old house keys surrendered.
  • Clean the house.

Delivery Day

  • Remain on the premises while movers are moving items into your new home.
  • Check all items as the are unloaded for damage.
  • if you notice damage, let the mover know asap and make a note on movers paperwork (bill of lading) of damage.

After Move (Settling In)

  • Check with post office to make sure mail is being forwarded.
  • Register to Vote with your County Clerks Office.
  • Register your vehicle with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles.
  • Get a new driver's license at the local Dept. of Motor Vehicles.
  • Have your new veterinarian register your pets.