What Needs to Be Done Before Moving Out?
Moving out can be stressful, but starting early with the process and staying organized can be quite helpful. If you cross off the items on this handy list as you go along, your advance planning may reward you with a welcome reduction in stress levels.
8 Weeks Out
- Create a folder or make a binder where you can put all of your move-related paperwork. Get a notebook for important notes and to keep an inventory of all the items you’re moving.
- Decide what you want to keep, toss, or donate.
- Research moving companies and request an on-site estimate.
- Arrange for your children’s school records to be transferred to their new school district.
6 Weeks Out
- Purchase packing supplies: boxes, tape, permanent markers, and bubble wrap.
- Figure out the things that you don’t want to move—such as perishable foods and cleaning supplies—and start using them up.
- Have a garage sale to sell items you don’t want to move or donate them.
- If necessary,contact your doctor to get copies of your family’s medical records.
4 Weeks Out
- It’s time to pick your movers. Get a written confirmation of the date, time, and details of your move.
- Start packing up the things you won’t need right away, such as a crock pot or waffle iron. Make sure to label the boxes on the tops and sides and add the items to your inventory list.
- Fill out a change-of-address form at the local post office or complete one on the USPS website. Contact your bank(s), credit card companies, insurance companies, and magazine and newspapers of your new address.
- Close out utility services at your current home and get utilities set up at your new residence.
- If necessary, make travel arrangements to your new home.
2 Weeks Out
- Take your car to a garage and have your car serviced, especially if it’s a long-distance move.
- Begin boxing up whatever else is left in your home. Sort and label all boxes to ensure seamless packing and unpacking.
- If necessary, make arrangements to have your new home thoroughly cleaned before you arrive.
- Properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved, including cleaning materials or paint.
1 Week Out
- Reconfirm with your moving company the time and date of the move.
- Pack a suitcase with essential items you’ll need right away at your new place. Refill prescriptions.
- Make sure to have all construction completed at the new house prior to move day. It’s not safe to move furniture in or out of construction zones, especially if there are contractors working while the moving is being done.
1 Day Before
- Keep important documents related to the move handy. Plan for the payment to the movers.
- Empty and clean out your fridge and freezer. Check your cupboards and pantry for any open food items.
- Be there when the movers load your items onto the truck, as you’ll be responsible for verifying that they loaded everything. Sign the bill of lading when you’re certain that everything is accounted for.
- Do a final check of your home to make sure nothing was left behind before the movers leave.