Moving Tips

Before Moving Checklist

Get Moving Quotes
Here you can find a list of the most recommended movers in your area. Simply check the company that suits your needs best. Then schedule an appointment to get a free estimate.

Sort your belongings: Move, sell, donate, trash/junk
Get tips for how to delcutter your home before moving. Decide which of your belongings inevitably need to get the boot. From there choose if you want to sell, donate or trash the items.

Decide how you plan to move
Are you debating whether or not to hire professional movers? That all depends on weight, how much and how far you’re moving. Avoid doing it yourself if the stress is too much.

Research new community
It can be hard moving to an entirely new city. Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings by researching the community prior to moving. You may find out some fun history, entertainment options or ways to get involved in the town.

Organize school records
Gather all the paperwork you need for your child or children to move schools. This includes school contact information, transcripts and state testing scores. Consider collecting recommendation letters, awards or sample work as well to give to future coaches, employers or administrators.

Make a list of key documents
Locate all of your vital paperwork. Organize your records by categories such as medical, financial, personal, home, etc. Make copies of your documents. Keep your paperwork organized even after the move.

Make a moving binder
Keep all of your paperwork associated with the move in a binder. Track what has been completed and still needs to get done. How you organize your binder is entirely up to you. Consider keeping signed documents in separate sectionsand make copies.

Start using perishables, aersols, frozen food
Preparing the kitchen for your move can be one of the most difficult rooms to tackle. Choose between which food can be preserved and which food is better to trash instead. Make a necessities box that will include all the food and utensils you will want on hand during your move.

Select a Mover
After debating between quotes and ratings it’s time to choose a moving company. You may book your movers via online or phone depending on the company. Ask them about their preferred preparation and storing methods.

Put together a packing schedule by room

Give yourself proper amount of time to pack. Select a space to be the “dumping grounds” of your move and begin by clearing this room first. From there, pack your rooms of least importance to most important spaces.

Order packing supplies
Make a list of all the supplies you will need for moving. If you haven’t collected enough materials in time, order them. You can order items individually or in kits.

Decide on storage
Use our storage search engine to find warehouses near you. Select a storage company and read about their pricing, sizing and key features. Then book a unit directly through our website.

Begin packing items you don’t use regularly

Take pictures of complicated setups before packing them. Any items you won’t need for the move or don’t use daily can be packed first. Get tips for how to properly package your belongings.

Complete insurance rates

First round of donations and sales

Hold a garage sale or donate belongings you no longer need. Give yourself proper time to plan a yard sale. Donate your belongings if a garage sale will cause too much stress. Decide on an organization and research their most desired donations as well as preferred style of preparation.

Check with insurance agent about change in policy
Check to see if your insurance policy needs any adjustments due to your move. Even if you are moving within the same town, there might be a need to make modifications to your current plan. Every company and state has different requirements.

Compare cable/internet rates
Look up what cable and Internet providers are available in your area. Compare rates and select the option you desire. Schedule a day for installation.

Forward School Records
Send the school records you previously collected to the new district. Most schools are respectful of only sending information you wish to forward. Contact the new district to ensure they have received all the paperwork.

Get your pet’s health certificate (no apostrophe in the actual title if that matters for grammatical purposes)
When traveling across state-lines with a pet, you are required to have their health certificate on you at all times. Prior to moving, make sure your pet is up-to-date with all vaccinations. Also confirm with your vet that they are in fact healthy enough to travel.

Get recommendations for new vet

Ask your current vet if they have any recommendations for your new location. Research online and call any clinics you may interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk about potential concerns. Come prepared with all of your pet’s past reports. Schedule a wellness checkup with the vet to gage whether they’re a right fit or not.

Get Renter’s insurance
Update current renter’s insurance. If you are a first time mover, research companies to start a policy. Ask for quotes to compare prices and ratings.

Get Auto insurance
If you are looking to completely change your auto insurance prior to moving, use the provided search engine. Compare different companies and get estimates in minutes. Buy a policy via online.

Cancel existing utilities
Contact your current utility providers. Make them aware of your move in date and the last day you will need your utilities. Keep an eye on your billing statements to make sure they were cancelled properly.

Inform property management/landlord about move dates
If you belong to a private neighborhood, condominium or apartments, make the current managementaware of your move. Find out what steps you need to take to leave on good terms. For example, you may need to sign documents, turn in your key, or repaint walls.

Get info about restrictions

Your neighborhood or new complex may have restrictions regarding your move. Find out if there are specific dates, times, or even elevators you are required to use for moving. Don’t be afraid to ask your new neighbors questions like parking advice.

Make Travel arrangements for pets
Have all of your required paperwork for your pet(s) on hand. Plan rest stops for them while traveling. Help them adjust to their new home.

Get a car quote
A long distance move may require a vehicle to be relocated by moving truck. Get a free quote from potential moving companies. Book the company that best suits your needs.

Get Home insurance

Update current home insurance policy. If you are a first time mover, research companies to start a policy. Ask for quotes to compare prices and ratings.

Update new utilities
Look at our list of utilities available in your area. Compare rates and select accordingly. Contact providers about your move in date and when you would like utilities to be connected.

Purchase new furniture
Measure your new home and see if your current furniture will fit physically and visually into the new space. If not, consider purchasing new pieces. Check out a variety of styles and order online.

Set up cleaners
Book cleaning services for your old and new home. Ensure everything in your old home is in pristine condition before the new owners take over. Also schedule cleaners for your new home at the chance the previous owners did not leave it in quality condition.

Purchase new appliances for your home
Measure your new home and see if your current appliances will fit physically and visually into the new space. If not, consider purchasing new ones. Check out a variety of styles and order online.

Take time off on moving day
Notify your employers if you need time off for your move. This should be done a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the move. Plan the adequate amount of days to make sure you get it done within this period.

Get a new bank account
Research if your current bank is available at your new location. If the closest one isn’t within a 25-mile radius, consider switching banks. Speak with your current banker about properly closing and transferring your accounts.

Transfer Medical Records
Contact your new medical provider and see what paperwork they need. Ask your current physicians for copies of your medial records. You can legally obtain these documents with the proper forms. Not only get copies from your previous provider, but also see if they are capable of forwarding your records to your new office.

Take Home inventories
Unfortunately accidents happen during moves or natural disasters like flooding could damage your belongings. Keep receipts, insurance policies and photos of your valuable items in a safe place. This will avoid major insurance hassles in the future.

Tune your vehicle
Confirm that you car is safe to move. Schedule an appointment with a nearby car service. Ask for a full inspection and update things like tire alignment or oil change.

Remove Valuables from your Safe Deposit current link isn’t working
Transfer any valuables you may have in your current safe deposit. Move them to your new bank.

Make a list of orgs to notify
Create a list of people and organizations you need to notify about your move that you haven’t told yet. For example, your employer and state may have a time restraint on when you need to make them aware. Also update things like magazine subscriptions to forward your mail properly.

Pack Suitcases
Begin packing more important items the closer you get to move-in date. Make sure your stuff is stored safely to avoid any breaks or scratches. Use light items like suitcases or plastic organizers to pack things instead of all boxes.

Make repairs to old home
Repaint or touch up any scratches/dents in the walls. Buff out any marks on flooring or countertops. Leave your house in quality condition for the new owners, much like you would want from the previous owners of your new home.

Update your Pet ID
Update tags for your pet(s). Simply go to a local pet store and purchase a tag with a your new address impressed into the metal. You don’t want your pet getting loose and being returned to the wrong address!

Update Pet License
Make sure your pet(s) tag is on at all times during the move. If it gets loose and brought into a shelter, they may have no way of contacting you. Also update all paperwork with your new address.

Changing Mailing Address
Use our platform to change your mailing address. You will receive a confirmation email of your completed change about 15 days prior to your move. If a family member that is moving does not have the same last name as you, repeat the steps separately for the family member.

Refill Prescriptions
Refill prescriptions prior to move so you don’t run out during the move. Call your new pharmacy or medial providers to change the location of your current pharmacy. Follow up with them to ensure the address has been switched.

Reconfirm with your moving company
Contact your moving company and confirm dates and times of move. Again, ask about the services they provide, they may store items for you if needed. Also check with them about their preferred style of preparation.

Plan to transport plants (Katie wrote an article about this on our blog)
Research plants individually for their moving needs. Gather materials needed to properly move them. Plants should be one of the last things you pack up and one of the first boxes you open at the new place.

Inspect with Landlord
Make sure you are leaving your current residence up to par with your landlord’s expectations. They have the potential to take legal action if you leave a place in poor condition. Schedule an appointment with them to make sure your space is up to code.

Inform Security Company about move
If you live in a gated community, make sure the security is aware of your move. They will need to let movers in and keep all future guests out. Also, if your home has an alarm system, let the security company know so they can properly disconnect it and install in your new home.

Arrange daycare or babysitters
If you have little ones that need to be watched during the move, now is the time to make arrangements. If there is no personal knowledge of any caretakers in your new location, research sitters online. Make a bag filled with necessities to take with them separate from the move.

Provide forwarding address to landlord/managers
Not only make your property managers aware of your move but provide them with your new address. This way they can forward any mail to your new residence.

Plan a traveling kit
Create a list of things you will absolutely need during the move. This will include items like: clothes, toothbrush, makeup, etc. Pack these things separately so you can easily access them at any point.

Plan for cash payment for movers
Research if your moving company accepts check or credit prior to paying. Also be aware that moving is considered a service and in the states we believe quality services deserved to be tipped. Read up about how much to tip movers. Withdrawal any cash you may need to tip movers adequately.

Drain gas and oil
Drain and store any gas or oils in machinery that may leak during the move. Do your best to keep these items together when you move so you can easily refill them at your new location.

Place alarm codes and keys in pack for new buyer
Double check with your property managers about how to properly pass down your key and codes to the next resident. Most places change the locks before a new owner moves in. Perhaps they are moving in early and the locks can’t be changed in time. Write down all the information they may need to get into their new space along with codes and keys. Keep it in one safe spot for them.

Junk Removal
Walk around your home as more space clears up and trash any scraps or things of no importance. If you will not be present for the next trash day, dispose of the junk in a nearby dumpster. If that isn’t possible let a neighbor or property manager know of the situation so they can remove junk properly.

Disconnect Appliances
Unplug all appliances. Switch things like water to off or vacation mode. Call your utility providers to confirm your cancelation.

Disassemble furniture
Take pictures of your furniture prior to disassembling so you have examples when putting it back together. Place little objects like screws and nails in a separate bag that is safely secured to the specific piece it goes to. Safely package the pieces so they do not get banded up or scratched.

Defrost Fridge
Check that all food and ice is out of the refrigerator. Defrost it a day prior to moving to make sure there is no left behind smells. Clean out any left behind residue.

Utility Readings
Record your water pump number. Get final approximations from your utility providers and write down. This is to avoid any headaches later and have proper documentation if anything is to go askew.

Water and food for movers
It is thoughtful to provide snacks and water for your professional movers, especially on hot days. Pack items that are easy to store and eat. Also include snacks for you and your family to munch on during the move.

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