Moving doesn't need to feel overwhelming. Just follow our moving checklist and you'll become the ultimate Project Manager for your move! FindMeMovers breaks everything down in a helpful time-line format so you feel in control at all times. If you're getting ready to move, treat our moving checklist as your personal Bible.
4-6 Weeks Before Your Move
- Start packing non-essential items whenever you have some free time. It’s never too early to begin the packing and purging process.
- Go to your local super-market and liquor stores for free boxes or crates. Even Uhaul actually gives away their used boxes! If you or a friend, work in an office environment, the boxes that store copy paper are very durable, have nice lids, and are a good size to load items safely. There are also eco friendly green moving boxes that you can purchase online which are great for the environment.
- Categorize and color-code each moving box. Think ahead of time where you want items placed in your new house! It will take more stress out of the big moving day! Categorize by labeling what is inside each box and write which room it will go into. Color-code each box with a green and red marker. Green for downstairs and Red for upstairs. (This trick comes in handy if you are not sure of the room, but know which level you want these items placed.) Also, keep in mind that some companies charge extra for their movers going up and down flights of stairs.
- Get a lockable box and start putting in important documents as you come across them. (I can’t tell you enough how important it is to keep track of valuable personal information, especially if you are not transporting it yourself.
- Complete any obvious repairs to your existing home or apartment, such as patching holes in the walls. Getting your apartment security deposit back in full can pay for the move itself and if you own your existing place, no need to give potential buyers any excuse to low-ball you.
- Get in contact with moving companies to obtain estimates. The easiest and safest way to accomplish that critical task is to utilize our Online Moving Quotes form. All of the moving companies are pre-screened and you will instantly receive up to 6 quotes from professional movers in your area.
2-4 Weeks Before Your Move
- Contact utility companies and service providers to have your service disconnected and if necessary, reconnected in your new home. Make sure the date of moving into your new residence coincides with your new services You can compare costs and save time on your utility hookups by going to whitefence.com. Cancel other services such as newspaper delivery, gardeners and home security. Take back library books and pick up dry-cleaning.
- Stop buying frozen or perishable food as you can't take it with you Pack up your garage and any stuff that is stored in your yard, garden or sheds. Empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel. Dispose of anything that is flammable or hazardous.
1 Week Before Your Move
- Live out of one suitcase each! One week of clean clothes, just to get by. All your clothes should be packed by now. There is no time to do laundry!
- Call your mover and any other companies involved with the move (vehicle movers, storage facilities etc) and confirm all of your arrangements, times etc.
- Check in with your new home insurance company.
- Make sure all your outstanding bills are paid. It really sucks when you get a forwarded electric bill from your old residence.
1-2 Days Before Your Move
- Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer and secure major appliances such as washing machines/cookers etc.
- Finish taking apart furniture that needs to be disassembled (don’t forget to keep a large zip lock bag with all the screws and pieces to reassemble)
- Check that all the paperwork related to your house sale/rental/purchase is complete.
- Close bank accounts if necessary.
- Finish your major packing.
- Pack up your PC and other electrical equipment.
- Put together a box of essentials for the move such as tea, coffee, mugs, sugar, tools, paper and pen and cleaning materials. Mark it MY IMPORTANT THINGS! You will want to have these ready the morning after the move.
- Make sure you have all the documents related to your move to hand.
- Set up a backup alarm on your cell phone/watch for your early morning wake up call!
Moving Day at your Old Home
- Wake up early!
- Take bedding off beds and pack it.
- Clean as you go through the house.
- Be ready by the time your movers arrive. Walk your movers through the house, to show them what they need to do.
- Make sure your movers know where they are going. (Supply them with a printed out map and directions)
- Have a final walk round to check you've remembered everything - do this BEFORE the moving truck leaves!
- Make sure you have keys to your new home and drop off your current keys as you've arranged.
- Make sure you load everything you're taking yourself in the car and lock it!
- Switch everything off, lock up and leave!
Arrival at your new Home
- Check everything is working such as power, gas, etc.
- Monitor the unloading process and delegate to get everything where you want it. (Remember the color-coding idea! Red for upstairs/Green for downstairs).
- Offer the movers a beverage to keep them hydrated while they unload!
- Start unpacking essentials.
After Your Move
- Review the mover’s inventory for completeness before you sign anything. Search the entire house before the movers leave.
- Unpack logically working down from essential to non-essential items.
- Plug in lamps a.s.a.p.! Get all of your major appliances ready for use again and hook them up.
- Reassemble your furniture when you have time. (Or you may have the movers do it for you, but there may be an extra fee!)
- Unpack all electrical items as quickly as possible and check for damage - you may have a limited window for insurance claims.
- Check your mail to see if your old address has been forwarded.
- If necessary change your driver's license and car details etc. Again, you may be able to do these changes online. Go to your local DMV website.
- Change door locks!
- Keep copies of all moving transactions for tax purposes, gas, meals, lodging, transportation, etc.
- Get a head start on your home improvements by applying to be on HGTV shows!
Enjoy your new home!!!!!