Before Move date:
- Use this helpful guide to help you stay organized and on schedule.
- One Month Before Move date
- A Couple Weeks Before Move Date
- One Week Before Move Date
- Day Before Move Date
- Day of Move-Out
- Day of Move-In
Couple Weeks Before Move Date:
- Clean out your closets, attics, cupboards, storages, and
basements to discard anything that is not of use or to give to
- Evaluate your appliances to see if they’re worth shipping.
Consider the size, age, and quality.
- Make a complete inventory of items that you will be moving.
This will help to not only get accurate moving estimates but also
to help you organize when unpacking.
- Contact your post office, publications, scheduled services,
and correspondents to notify them of change of address and move
- Check your homeowners insurance. Any prepaid balance may be
applied to your new residence. Be sure to coordinate with your
insurance carrier so your new residence is covered immediately.
- Check your savings and checking accounts; plan for transfer of
- Plan on registering your children for school; transfer
Week Before Move Date:
- Contact utility companies in your new location to start new
services. Waiting for service to begin can often be costly.
Contact current utility companies to confirm specific date of
- Coordinate the transfer of valuables. Check contents of your
safe-deposit box and do NOT ship any valuables (such as jewelry,
insurance policies, legal documents, currency, stamp and coin
- Contact your current physician and dentist for referrals for
your new location. Plan for the transfer of all records.
- Contact insurance agencies to transfer insurance records and
verify that current policies will cover your new location.
Before Move Date:
- Check to make sure that you have collected all your belongings
from services such as dry cleaning.
- Do NOT ship combustible or flammable items. Also, drain gas
and oil from mowers, snow removal equipment, kerosene heaters, gas
- Collect detailed records and receipts of your moving expenses.
(transportation, lodging, meals, packing materials, etc.)
- Take pictures of your furniture, antiques, appliances, etc.
for insurance purposes.
- Make sure to prepare an “Immediate Needs” box for last-on and
first-off the moving vehicles. (This may include: bathroom and
kitchen supplies, tools, bedroom linens, etc.)
- Prepare a readily available first aid kit.
- Clean refrigerator and defrost freezer.
- It is best to keep your telephone line connected throughout
your move date in case you need to make last minute phone calls to
your mover, etc.
- Be sure to have someone supervise the packing crew that
typically arrives the day before.
- In a container, pack any valuables that you plan to take with
- Notify a neighbor of your moving itinerary in case of an
- Clearly mark fragile items and its exact destination in the
- Turn off the water heater and any other electrical settings.
- Search every room of the house, including the garage,
basement, attic, before the moving van leaves.
- Check the mover’s inventory to make sure it is correct and
make sure you receive a copy.
- If necessary, check the Bill of Lading for accuracy before
signing. Receive a copy for your records.
- Make every attempt to be at your new location before your
movers. Avoid waiting charges.
- Contact utility companies to confirm service date and check
appliances, furnace, and heater to make sure everything is
- Check with mail carrier about any early mail arrivals.
- Check the status of each household item as it is being
unloaded. Make note of all missing or damaged items on inventory