Moving Day Checklist: What to do After the Movers Arrive
8 weeks before your move
- Get Organized.
- Start researching reputable movers.
- The best way to keep your move on track is to stay prepared, buy a binder or folder to keep all of your moving info in one place.
- Identify all of your appointments such as: getting your old utilities turned off and your new utilities turned on scheduling inspections, and enrolling your kids in a new school.
- Keep track of furniture measurements. This ensures all of your furniture will fit into your new home.
- Start packing your first box. This is for things you won’t be using until after your move, make sure to start with non-essential items.
- Create a room-by-room inventory. This will prevent headaches with loss and damages along with helping you know you’ve packed everything.
6 weeks before the move
- This is the time to narrow your move down to 2 or 3 moving companies.
- Schedule in-home estimates with a reputable moving company.
- Continue the packing process. Make sure you are labeling your boxes with what room they go in to.
- Reserve your movers & or storage if needed. Truck and i offers packing, moving and storage solutions.
4 weeks before the move
- Make sure to give yourself time to pack and don’t wait until the few days right before the movers come! A handy service Truck and i offers is packing for you!
- Request time off work for moving day. If you can, plan to take off and move on a Friday. That gives you the rest of the weekend to get yourself organized. Nice tip, right?
- Arrange for your kids and pets to be taken care of the day of the move.
- Plan a garage sale and donate what you don’t sell.
- Make sure you’re keeping on track with packing. You don’t want to be scrambling to finish packing the last few days before your move.
- Fill out an official change-of-address form with the U.S. Post Office.
- Make sure you are have changed your address for all relevant accounts.
2 weeks before
- If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re clean and ready to go. Remember: Freezers need to be defrosted and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.
- Work on finishing up the groceries you have and try not to buy too much food that will still be around while you move.
- Fill prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase.
- Withdraw cash to tip the movers and make sure you have enough money on hand for any unexpected expenses.
The week before your move
- Start disassembling big furniture items.
- Being cleaning empty rooms.
- Pack suitcases for everyone in your family. Make a bag with essential items everyone can live out of for a few days after the move.
- Collect all keys and garage door openers. You’ll need to hand these over to the real estate agent, new owner, or next tenant when you move out.
- Take pictures of your empty home to prove it was in good condition when you move out.
- Make a list of all of the things you have left to pack. Make sure you empty out all drawers in dressers.