Moving Checklist

  • Dispose of anything you won’t be bringing
  • Find out how to dispose of any household chemicals such as paint
  • Make a list of anything you’ll be bringing to the new home
  • Find out the replacement value of your possessions for insurance reasons
  • Fill out a change of address card at the post office
  • Fill out the IRS address change form
  • Obtain dental and medical records if needed
  • Obtain a copy of veterinary records if needed
  • When moving out of state, get automobile licensing information
  • When moving in state, find out where to change your driver’s license
  • Notify your children’s school and have all records transferred
  • Return cable television and Internet equipment
  • Schedule airline and hotel reservations if necessary

One or Two Weeks before Moving

  • Return any outstanding library books and other borrowed items
  • Collect any item you’ve loaned out
  • Make necessary arrangements for disconnecting all utilities
  • Have major appliances ready for your move

One Week Prior to Moving

  • Dispose of all flammable materials
  • Decide items you’ll be bringing in the car as you travel
  • Arrange for the removal of all installed items you’re taking with you
  • Pack your suitcase with toiletries and clothes you’ll need on the way
  • Pack a box with any other essentials you might need while traveling

Day before Moving

  • Take down your draperies and rods
  • Empty and completely clean your refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean out your stove or oven
  • Plan breakfast time including paper plates and cups
  • Pack all personal items except an alarm clock
  • Go to bed early — you’ll appreciate it in the morning

Day of the Move

  • Gather all your keys and place them in a safe location
  • Completely strip the beds but leave intact, you can dismantle them later
  • Make certain you are home when the moving company arrives
  • Assist the crew chief as he is performing household inventory
  • Make sure you have everything ready for your move
  • Keep the bill of lading plus inventory list in a safe location
  • Make certain the driver possesses correct delivery address information
  • Confirm expected delivery time to your moving driver
  • Before departing, perform a final walk-through and check of each room