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Moving Checklist


6-8 Weeks Before the move
  • Read and sign all the documents carefully that are related to moving, including the extent of your carrier's liability and the estimate/order for service.
  • Prioritize items in your home. Decide what to move, what to throw or give away and what needs to stay out until moving day.
  • Decide if you'd like to complete any of the packing at this time and let your move counselor know about it. Keep your move counselor's number handy; they're always happy to help.
  • Set goals and deadliness for your move to ensure all the staging/packing get completed by moving day.

4-6 Weeks Before the move
  • Don't forget the pantry! Begin using up canned goods and frozen food; buy only those items that will be used before the move. Ask your move coordinator if you can donate pantry items to charity.
  • Create a notification list of personal accounts in your current town, including utility services, mail carriers, doctors/pharmaceies and any subscriptions your may have.
  • If there are items that you aren't planning to move, use this time to plan a yard sale or prepare any donation drop-offs.

2-3 Weeks Before the move
  • Notify your move counselor of any changes to your move, like additions/subtractions to your pre-move survey or if there are any extra stops required in the move.
  • Have some fun! Host a going-away party for you and your friends. Also, make sure to visit local landmarks that have sentimental memories for you and your family.
  • Prep your household items. Have rugs and draperies cleaned and wrapped, however do not clean upholstered furniture (hidden moisture could grow mold in the move). Also, get written appraisals of any antiques to verify their value.

The Week of the move
  • Create a box of go-to items that you may need firstly at your new home. Pack cleaning supplies, bathroom toiletries, snacks and miscellaneous tools. This way, you don't have to dig for the things you'll need right away.
  • Empty your regrigerator, freezer and defrost the water pan at least 24 hours in advance of your move to prevent mildew, mold and odor.

The Day Before the move
  • Resist the temptation to stage items like dishes, mirrors, pictures and beds. Make sure dishes are clean and beds have been stripped of sheets - the packers will take care of the rest.
  • Mark anything, that you are planning to take along with you personally, with a label stating, "DO NOT PACK & DO NOT LOAD".

The Day of Move
  • Leave your phone connected in your home or keep your cell phone on charge throughout moving day. Once the carrier leaves, don't forget to unplug and pack.
  • Create a floor plan of your home and have signage up, so that, your movers can easily see where boxes need to be placed.
  • Take a final look around, make sure your movers grabbed everything and check that all your faucets and lights are shut off, locked and/or disconnected.
  • Take some time and relax. Welcome to your new home!
  • Make sure you call your utility companies to ensure your house is ready to use once you get there. Refer to resources tab to hookup all utilities for your new home.
  • Check your household goods as they are unloaded, any damages and/or missing items should be noted on the carrier operator's copy of the inventory sheet.
  • Approve and sign the bill of lading which states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved. This will act as the receipt for your shipment.