Moving Tips

Packing Tips

Moving Checklist

6 Weeks Before

Questions for the Moving Company
  • Are on-site estimates offered?

  • How is Pricing Determined?

  • Will the movers pack items? If so, at what additional cost?

  • Request a copy of your signed contract.

Go to to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as you prepare to work with a moving company.

Things to Do:

  • Get estimates and hire movers.
  • Get estimates and schedule a rental truck.
  • Make arrangements for school transfers

  • Ask for doctor & dental referrals. Arrange for transfer of medical and dental records.

  • Organize your moving binder to hold all move-related paperwork.
  • Create your property binder for your new home.
  • Have utilities and phone/internet services disconnected at old home the day after you leave and installed in your new home the day before you arrive.

5 Weeks Before


Things to Do:

  • Conduct a room-by-room survey.
  • Plan a garage sale.
  • Start using up food and cleaning supplies.

  • Schedule carpet cleaning and/ or drapery cleaning.

  • Start spring-cleaning the house or hire house cleaning.

  • Have valuable items appraised.

  • Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently.

4-6 Weeks Before

Mark boxes and furniture With appropriate labels.
Keep a Master Inventory List with the contents of each box.

Things to Do:

  • Gather packing supplies including:

    1. Boxes (Various Sizes; Wardrobe Boxes)
    2. Box Cutters
    3. Tape (Packing, Colored Tape, and Blue Painters’)
    4. Tape Dispenser
    5. Wrapping Material (Bubble, Plastic, Packing Paper)
    6. Labels
    7. Remember to order specialty items like dish boxes, wardrobe boxes and mattress bags if your movers don’t supply
  • Fill out change-of-address cards with post office
  • If you’re moving locally, put in for vacation time at your job

3 Weeks Before

Arrange to have a cleaning company prepare the new home before you arrive and tidy the old home after you leave if desired.
Scheduling Cancellation for your Utilities
  • Electricity

  • Gas

  • Telephone/Internet

  • Garbage/Recycling

  • Cable/Satellite

Things to Do:

  • Pack contents of garage, attic, and storage areas.
  • Assign a color to each room.
  • Label and number each box.
  • Make travel arrangements for the move.
  • Prepare the new home.
  • Cancel all utilities and phone/internet services disconnected in the old home the day after you leave.
  • Get the word out to friends and family that you’re moving.

2 Weeks Before

Keep your valuable items separate from your moving boxes and plan to transport them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.


  • Electricity

  • Gas

  • Telephone

  • Internet

  • Garbage/Recycling

  • Cable/Satellite

  • Water/Sewer

Address Changes

  • Newspaper

  • Magazines

  • Bank Accounts

  • Insurance Policies

  • Credit Cards

  • Employer

  • Landlord/HOA

Things to Do:

  • Get valuable paperwork. jewelry. and small family heirlooms.
  • Withdraw cash to tip the movers and make sure you have enough cash, checks, or a credit card to pay for unexpected expenses.
  • Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping or buying in bulk before the move. Pack the bulk of your items.
  • Have utilities and phone/internet services connected and installed in the new home the day before you arrive.
  • Transfer prescriptions.
  • Change address or cancel. Make a list of businesses you will need to contact in order to change your address.
  • Call a locksmith to have your new home’s locks changed on moving day or before.
  • Complete a change-of-address form online ( or at post office.
  • Request a relocation package from chamber of commerce of your new town.

1 Week Before

Check with the moving company one last time to confirm arrival time, cell phone numbers and last minute details.
Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they’re going on vacation for 2 weeks. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for Un-packing.

Keep these items accessible

  • Bedding

  • Towels

  • Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper

  • Basic Tools

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Medications

  • Camera

  • Snacks

  • Dishes & Utensils

Things to Do:

  • Print an information sheet for the movers. Include the old and new addresses, directions & your cell phone number
  • Set aside clothing for two weeks. plus a suitcase or more for those items.
  • See if you have accumulated anything else in your “donate”, “pitch” or “sell” piles for one last pickup or drop off to your chosen charity.
  • Put small valuables and important documents in a box or bag.
  • Discard all hazardous materials that can’t be moved in the moving truck.
  • Create a last-out, first-in box with all day-to-day necessities.

  • Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking email and paying bills online while your computer is in transit, if needed.
  • Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.

3-5 Days Before

  • Defrost freezer.
  • Empty ice maker and ice cube trays ( turn off ice maker).
  • Clean fridge, stove, and oven.
  • Make travel arrangements for the move.
  • Prepare the new home.
  • Close out safe deposit box.
  • Confirm arrival time of movers.
  • Confirm pick-up time of rental truck.
  • Have payment, water, and snacks ready for movers.
  • Gather and clean outdoor furniture.
  • Return cable box, cable modem, DSL, if necessary.
  • Organize keys.
  • Finish cleaning house.
  • Prepare food for moving day.
  • Finish packing.

Moving Day(s)

Leaving Your Old Home…
  • Do a walk-through before movers arrive to make sure everything is packed.
  • Disassemble beds.
  • Make sure there are no items left behind.
  • Give keys to the real estate agent or landlord.
  • Arrange for someone to direct the movers at your new home.
Arriving at Your New Home…
  • Check items off the inventory list as they are unloaded.
  • Inspect for damages.
  • Test faucets, toilets, utilities, phones. smoke detectors, and security systems.
  • Turn on water heater if necessary.
  • Begin to unpack.
  • Change Address: Drivers License/ID, Voter Registration, Auto Registration, Insurance Policies, etc.

Enjoy Making Memories in Your New Home!

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