The Ultimate Moving Checklist
Moving can be a hugely stressful event. In addition to going to a new location, there is so much to think about! So many things to do, so many people to contact, so many items to be packed.
One thing that can massively simplify the process is making a list. Lists bring everything together in a simple, easy to follow process.
To save you time, we created the ultimate moving checklist for you. Each of the items below is a question you need to answer. Once you’ve answered the question, you can move on to the next one. We’ve arranged it by descending order, starting with the things you need to do 2 months prior to your move and ending 1 week after your move.
60 Days Prior To Move
- Have you gotten quotes from at least three moving companies?
- Will they come to your home and estimate so that your quote is accurate?
- Have you talked to family and friends to ensure that these companies are reliable?
- Have you read reviews of the companies online?
- Have you determined how much packing supplies you need? Do you have a specified spot to store all your packing materials so that you don’t need to hunt for them?
- Have you researched your new community to prepare you for the move?
- Do you know which schools are the best?
- Do you know what restaurants there are?
- Do you know what grocery stores are close to your new home?
- Do you have people to drive your cars to your new home?
- Have you had all your expensive items appraised so that they can be properly insured prior to your move?
- Is your move related to your job? If so, have you researched your company’s moving policy? Are any subsidies available for moving costs?
- Have you gotten rid of all unnecessary items either by a yard sale, recycling, or simple purge?
- Do you have a record of all the items in your household (your phone makes it easy to record a video or snap photos)?
- Have you transferred all your insurance policies to your new address (this includes your medical, property, auto and fire insurance)?
- Do you have a designated folder where all expenses related to the move can be recorded and stored (moving expenses are tax-deductible, which means you’ll want to keep all the records in a single location)?
- Have you notified old schools regarding your move?
- Have you transferred records to the new schools?
- Have you registered at new schools?
- Have you alerted all your doctors and dentists regarding here move?
- Do you have medical referrals for your new community?
- Have you obtained all necessary medical records that you’ll need in your new location?
- Have you transferred all necessary membership associations to your new community?
- Have you arranged for family members and pets to be transported to your new location?
- If flying, have you purchased tickets?
- Have you reserved hotel rooms (if necessary)?
- Do you have referrals for veterinarians in your new community?