Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. It’s not unusual for movers who aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the process to forget a few things. That’s why we’re sharing these handy moving tips with you. Make your move easier by planning ahead. If a move is in your future, take a look at our checklist so you’ll be fully prepared!

Moving Tips – 8 Weeks Before

   Create a “move file” to keep track of estimates, receipts, and other important information.

   Check with the IRS or your accountant for possible tax deductions – including moving expenses.

   Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates.

   Check for moving companies’ rules and schedules and add them to your list.

   Draw out a floor plan of your new home to decide the function and layout of each room.

   Begin packing rarely used items such as holiday decorations, extra toys, and some kitchen items.


Moving Tips – 7 Weeks Before

   Arrange to have school records transferred to your children’s new school district and/or daycare.

   Get copies of any legal and financial records you need.

   Call your insurance agent to learn about policy changes, moving coverage and insuring a new home.


Moving Tips – 6 Weeks Before

   List valuable/difficult to replace items. Plan to carry them with you.

   Make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses to notify of your move.

   Work your way through each room and decide what to donate or throw away.

   Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities.

   Begin using things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners.


Moving Tips – 5 Weeks Before

   Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies.

   Begin packing away more items you don’t use often.

   Start separating or disposing of the items designated for a yard sale, donation or the trash.

   Plan for short-term or long-term storage at your new destination if needed.


Moving Tips – 4 Weeks Before

   Create a change of address log by writing down who you receive important mail from. If necessary let them know of your change of address, and/or change it with the USPS online at Some of the people or services who might need your change of address include:  

  • Accountant/tax preparer
  • Alumni associations
  • Attorneys
  • Babysitter/childcare providers
  • Banks
  • Brokers
  • Business cards (order new ones)
  • Cell phone provider
  • Chiropractor
  • Courts, especially for traffic tickets
  • Credit bureaus
  • Credit card issuers
  • Dentist or Orthodontist
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Diaper service
  • Doctor
  • Family members
  • Fuel (oil/propane)
  • Health clubs
  • House cleaning service
  • House of worship
  • Insurance providers
  • IRS (form 8822)
  • Lawn care
  • Luggage tags
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • New employer
  • Newspaper subscriptions
  • Old employer
  • Parent-teacher association
  • Passport
  • Pet sitter/dog walker/pet day care
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapist
  • Professional organizations
  • Retirement plan holders
  • Return address labels (order new ones)
  • Schools
  • Snow removal service
  • Security System
  • Social Security Administration
  • Swimming pool maintenance
  • Veterinarian
  • Water delivery service

   Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive.

   If you have deposits with services, such as the water or gas company, request your refund.

   Advertise and host your garage sale.


Moving Tips – 3 Weeks Before

   Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away. Plants cannot be loaded in a moving van.

   Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons with your local hazardous waste disposal.

   If you are moving to or from a condo/apartment, arrange to use the freight elevator on moving day.


Moving Tips – 2 Weeks Before

   Notify any creditors of your move.

   Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.

   Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home.


Moving Tips – 1 Week Before

   Notify friends and family of your new address.

   Finish packing and prepare an “essentials” box. Pack must-have items in boxes marked as “last load”.

   Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.

   Drain water hoses.

   Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.

   Prepare all appliances for loading.

   Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks.

   Make childcare arrangements for moving day.

   Be sure have a payment method ready for the movers, and cash for tipping if you desire.


Moving-Out Checklist

   Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.

   Be familiar with packing and loading tips and personally supervise hired labor. You are ultimately responsible for how your goods are packed and loaded.

   Load your goods in a pre-designated order, saving “last load” items for the rear of your shipment. This might include your vacuum cleaner or bed sheets.

   Check every room, closet, and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded.

   Verify the destination address and your contact information is correct with your movers.

   Take note of utility meter readings.

   Shut off your water main.

   Set your thermostat to the desired temperature.

   Double-check that all lights are off.

   Make sure all windows are shut and locked.

   Surrender all old house keys.

   Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any stray mail.

   Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and whereabouts in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.


Moving-In Checklist

   You are likely to arrive at your new home ahead of your shipment. Take this time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected.

   Check appliances and systems to ensure all are working properly and arrange for repairs if necessary.

   Pick up any mail being held.

   Consider drawing out your new floor plan and decide where you want furniture placed.

After-the-Move Checklist

   Keep all receipts and documentation in your move file and store the file in a safe place. Be sure to include your delivery receipt. You’ll be glad to have everything in one place at tax time.

   Get a new driver’s license.

   If you crossed state lines in the move, register to vote and get new tags for your automobile.