Organize Your Move to Reduce the Stress!

Step 9   Organize Your Move

A completely  stress-free move may be unrealistic, but there are definitely steps you can take to keep the process organized so you sleep better at night. This list breaks the huge job of moving down into timely, manageable steps.

Moving Check List

8 Weeks Out

Research moving services, get estimates and budget accordingly

Know exactly how movers will be handling your items: will the delivery be  door to door with no other stops, or are they offloading items to a storage unit or another truck? (Note: door to door leaves less room or error, lost items, and added expenses)

Know the delivery time frame

Get a copy of their contract and review it carefully before signing

Verify there is adequate insurance and avenues for claims

Check out authentic reviews on the moving company, confirm they are licensed and insured, verify their DOT (department of transportation) number

Get an in-home bid to avoid surprise charges

Plan how you’ll move special items like pets, valuables, grandfather clocks, pianos, pool tables, Tiffany lamps, plants, etc. Don't rely on regular movers or friend to move special items. You’ll need to line up qualified help.

Request transcripts from your kids school, notify schools of your move

If you have a landlord, give them notice and negotiate a refund of time left on your lease.

Order packing supplies

6 Weeks Out

Research schools and get the kids enrolled

Book a truck rental or schedule the moving service

Line up friends/family that will help with the move, kids, pets, and/or guiding the movers

Reserve a storage unit if needed

Keep notes of Tax Deductible moving expenses

Contact Health Insurance Provider on coverage Out of State

Check into health, auto, and homeowners insurance for new area

Start using up refrigerated food and pantry items

Make personal travel arrangements for long distance moves


5 Weeks Out

Strategize your packing process, have a plan for big, bulky, items as well as valuables and/or delicate items

Pack non-essential items. Keep an inventory list of what is in each box as you pack. Write the inventory number and what room the box belongs in on the top and one side of each box. This will be handy if you accidentally pack something your need or an item turns up missing on the other side.

Sale or donate what you don’t want/need

Decide whether to take appliance or get new ones

Cancel memberships that cannot forward

Properly dispose of hazardous items

Figure out temporary housing

Schedule a shipping service for your extra vehicles, boat, etc

Notify your contacts, financial institutes, credit companies, and others of your new address

Find new healthcare providers, transfer scripts & records. Or have your current provide supply scripts to get you by for a couple months and possibly agree to phone consults until you find someone new

Confirm the pool/spa/yard/home you are moving to is safe for yourself, children and/or pets, make arrangements to have them watched during the move and until the area can be made suitable

Request time off work for the move


2-4 Weeks Out

Continue packing, reserving essential items for last

Confirm date and time with the truck rental, movers/friends/family etc

Create an “Essential Moving Box” of items you’ll need handy while unpacking at your new home. Include paper, pens, scissors, a box-cutter, TP, cleaning supplies, paper towels, old rags, a few cooking items, plates, cups, utensils, a can opener, a spare phone cord, etc

Notify service providers and associations on both sides of your move: HOAs, gas, water, electric, cable & internet providers, phone service, your pool guy, insurance company, landscaper, etc

Put hold and/or forwarding orders in for your mail and start service at the new address for the day of closing

Change your address with the DMV, Social Security, Medicare, banks, and other agencies

Secure a parking location for the moving truck and provide movers instructions

Schedule painters/cleaners/work crews for the new home


1 Week Out

Clean old home

Inspect old home with landlord, take photos, request refund of deposits

Finish last minute errands

Pack suitcases with clothes to get you through the move

Take care of trash removal and recycling

Know how you’ll receive keys to your new place


Day Before the Move

Pack remaining toiletries and essentials

Get cash for tips

Take photos bulk items that will be loaded on the moving truck


Moving Day

Have water bottles on hand

Keep your inventory with box count handy to compare to the movers inventory

Do a final sweep of the house, check the refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, laundry room, garage, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, the attic, storage sheds, etc.

Lockup and hand over the keys


After the Move

Check on the return of security deposits

Discontinue unused homeowners or renters insurance policies for old home and request prorated refunds

Change the locks on new home

Check the smoke alarms and CO2 monitors

Figure out the trash pickup days

Change your IRS address

Establish domicile if in a new State

Update your Driver’s License and car registration

Register to vote

Baby and pet proof your new home

Meet the neighbors

Find a good doctor and vet

Register your pet and change their chip address

Locate the fuse box, sewer clean outs, sprinkler & water shut-off valves (when you need these is not the best time to hunt for them)

Enjoy your new space!

Step 10: Closing the Deal


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