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The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Anyone Planning a Move

Looking to move? Read our comprehensive moving checklist below.

From choosing your moving company to settling into your new home, the following moving checklist is here to make sure you don’t overlook anything, and everything goes smoothly. Starting early is helpful and will make the whole process easier. However, if you started late, don't worry, we have provided many resources here to help you get through it quickly.

Six to Eight Weeks Before Your Move

• Create a folder to keep track of all your moving details and any receipts for moving-related expenses.

• Begin using up things you can't move, such perishable food and liquids that can spill.

• If you're moving at an employer's request, verify your moving budget and your responsibilities.

• Obtain information about what moving expenses may be tax-deductible.

• Organize your belongings to determine which items you are keeping, donating or trashing.

• Make a list of everyone you need to notify about your move: friends, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.

• Locate all motor vehicle registration and licensing documents.

• If you will need to store some of your belongings, make the necessary arrangements now. Our full-service moving company offers storage facilities.

• Collect all your personal records (school, medical, legal, and accounting).

Five Weeks Before Your Move

• Submit a Change of Address form to the post office.

• Arrange special transportation for your pets and plants.

• Plan to Disconnect/Connect all utilities (gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV, and trash collection) at your old and new addresses. Keep phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout your moving day.

• Plan a garage sale to sell unwanted items or donate them to charity.

• If necessary, make travel arrangements and reservations for your upcoming move.

• Collect important papers (insurance, will, deeds, stock, etc.)

Four Weeks Before Your Move

• Create a floor plan of your new home and begin thinking about where you'll want to place the furniture.

• If you're moving out of or into a building with elevators, contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators and inquire about any other guidelines that must be followed.

Three Weeks Before Your Move

• If you're packing by yourself, ask your moving company to deliver an assortment of boxes. All My Sons Moving & Storage offers a wide variety of packing supplies.

• Start packing items you will not need to use until after your move.

• Service your automobile if you're traveling by car.

Two Weeks Before Your Move

• Contact your moving consultant to review and confirm all arrangements for your move.

• If you're doing your own packing, label the contents of all boxes. Box essential items together and write "open first/load last" on these boxes. When you move into your new home, you'll be able to identify these boxes and find essential items easily.

• Close accounts at your local bank and open accounts in your new area.

• Don't forget to withdraw the contents of your safety deposit box.

• Drain gas and oil from power equipment, lawnmowers, snowblowers, etc.

•Some state laws prohibit the transfer of certain houseplants across state lines. Consider gifting your plants to a friend or local charity.

One Week Before Your Move

• Check back through your moving checklist to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

• Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.

• Have your major appliances disconnected and prepared for the move.

• Prepare a survival kit for moving day. This kit should contain the things you'll need while your belongings are in transit.

• Pack a box of personal items such as all your jewelry and small valuables. Take this box in the car with you.

• Call ahead to confirm the utilities are connected at your new home.

• Contact your moving consultant to confirm the arrival time of the moving van as well as to notify them of any last-minute details.

Moving Day

• Strip your beds and make sure the bedding goes into a labeled box.

• Accompany the van foreman as he or she inspects and tags each piece of furniture with an identifying number. These numbers, along with a detailed description of your goods and their condition at the time of loading, will appear on the inventory. Read your Bill of Lading and Inventory carefully before you sign them. Keep these and all related papers in a safe location until all charges have been paid and all claims, if any, have been settled.

• It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete.

Move-In Day

• Review your floor plan to refresh your memory about where you want furniture and appliances.

• Plan to be present when the moving van arrives. Be prepared to pay the mover before unloading. Have payment on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements were made in advance, payment is required upon delivery in cash, traveler's check, money order or cashier's check. Moving companies do not accept personal checks.

• One person should check the inventory sheets as items are unloaded. A second person should direct the movers as to where to place items.

• Once all items are unloaded, unpack only what you need for the first day or two. Focus on creating a sense of home for your family. Give yourself at least two weeks to unpack and organize your belongings.

• Contact your moving consultant and inform them of the level of quality and service you received during the moving process.