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Moving Checklist for a 2 Bedroom Home

2 Months from Moving day:

  • Collect free moving boxes from craigslist, or call us about or free moving box program.
  • Get estimates and hire a moving company early.
  • Donate or sell everything you don’t need
  • Choose a school for your children and get them enrolled.
  • Order transcripts for your kids for their new school.
  • Create a digital or hard-copy moving file to organize your moving-related receipts and bills. It’ll come in handy when doing your taxes.
  • Compile medical, dental, and optical records for everyone in your home.
  • Request copies of vet records for your pets and obtain any necessary pet medication.
  • Make sure pets have ID tags on their collars. If they are out in the new home, they may get lost and need their new address.
  • Install a new home security system.
  • Change your address with the post office.
  • Create a *realistic* budget for moving expenses.
  • Create a “moving” file/folder to store quotes, receipts, records, & other info.


3 weeks before

  • Thoroughly read over documents from your movers before signing anything.
  • Have your vehicles serviced if you’re moving cross country.
  • Plan your route and book hotels if you’re moving long distance.
  • Schedule in-home estimate.
  • Purchase moving insurance to cover all your belongings during the move.
  • Transfer your prescriptions to a new pharmacy, if necessary.
  • Gather blankets, linens to use as free wrapping supplies
  • Find a new doctor, dentist, and vet in your new neighborhood.
  • Recycle or dispose of corrosives, flammables, and poisons that can’t go in the trash or on the moving truck.
  • Transfer your newspaper and magazine subscriptions with an Updater invite.
  • Request time off work for moving day.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and fountains.
  • Make sure you know how to move your fish and aquarium.
  • Make a moving-day playlist to enjoy while unpacking.
  • Spend time with your friends and relatives before moving day.
  • Find out laws concerning moving yard plants, or find a new home for them.
  • Return borrowed items from friends, family, and relatives.

2 weeks before moving day: Start packing if you haven’t already.

  • Clean out your safe deposit box and any lockers you have at the gym, country club, etc
  • Take photos of all electronics before disassembling them.
  • Put all your hardware in labeled baggies for easy furniture reassembly.
  • Change address for Social Security benefits within 10 days of moving.
  • Donate unused food by choosing a moving company that works with our partner Move for Hunger!
  • If you’re moving into an apartment, find out if there are any moving day requirements for the elevator access or for the moving truck
  • Shop around for a cable, internet and phone bundle.
  • Take down posters and paintings so you can fill the nail holes.
  • Label your moving boxes using different color stickers/tape for each room.
  • Plan meals two weeks in advanceto use everything in the freezer.
  • Find somewhere safe for pets to go during your move.
  • Line up a babysitter or arrange a play date to keep little ones somewhere safe during the move.
  • Address minor home repairs before move-out.
  • Return your library books.
  • Find a new landscaper and snow removal service in your new neighborhood.
  • Get appropriate vaccinations for your pets if you’re flying or moving out of the country.

A week before

  • Transfer your homeowners or renters insurance to your new home.
  • Fill your prescriptions so you have enough on hand.
  • Research activities for the kids in your new community.
  • Gather all financial/legal records in one place.

Plan how to move valuables.

  • Use up (or donate) items that can’t be moved (frozen foods, bleach, aerosols).
  • Make a worst-case-scenario plan (if the movers run late, etc).
  • Make sure scheduled deliveries (groceries, etc) have been cancelled and/or redirected.
  • Send out moving announcement to your friends and Christmas card list..
  • Clean your current home, including carpets, for the next resident.
  • Fill nail holes with a soap bar before conducting a final walkthrough with your landlord.
  • Pack an essentials box with everything you’ll need 24 hours after your move.
  • Create an inventory sheet of all your valuables before they go on the moving truck.
  • Transfer your utilities including water, electric, and natural gas.
  • Set up trash removal and recycling for your new home, and cancel your current service.
  • Thoroughly clean your new place.
  • Clean your carpets at your new residence.
  • Return movie or video game rentals.
  • Make copies of your new keys for the babysitter, nanny, dog walker, etc.
  • Pick up clothes from the dry cleaner.
  • Empty oil and gas from grills, heaters, lawn mowers, and snowblowers, etc.
  • Cancel or transfer membership at your gym, yoga studio, Crossfit facility, etc.
  • Plan a garage sale.
  • Drain water hoses to the washing machine and automatic ice maker.
  • Change your address with your loan providers, credit cards, and the payroll department at work. Request an Updater invite here.
  • Find your way to work by car or public transportation.
  • Change your address for auto insurance and car registration.
  • Hire a special mover to move your piano, pool table, or safe.
  • Watch the weather channel and be prepared for undesirable weather.
  • Mark moving boxes that are fragile.
  • Back up your computer.
  • Gather birth certificates, passports, etc. for everyone in your home and carry important documents close to you on moving day.
  • Research packing hacks to make moving day easier.
  • Measure doorways, stairways, and elevators to make sure all your furniture will fit. Measure twice – move once!
  • Verify that your moving truck has a US DOT number to ensure they’re a legitimate mover.
  • Transfer your monthly services, such as Netflix.
  • Notify government offices, including the social security administration, veteran’s administration, and the IRS

Night Before:

  • Confirm parking options for your moving truck – you may need a permit on moving day.
  • Withdraw cash to tip your movers and for same day expenses.
  • Unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost the night before.
  • Remove lightbulbs from all lamps you plan to move.
  • If your move requires transporting your car, don’t leave anything in your car! Spare tires and jacks have been known to go missing.
  • Set up an alarm, and get up early on moving day.
  • Put down carpet protection to protect your carpets during the move.

Moving Day:

  • Take photographs of your empty place to prove its move-out condition.
  • Drain water hoses to the washing machine and automatic ice maker.
  • Leave a note or small gift for new residents.
  • Create a packet for new residents with owner’s manuals and warranties for appliances.
  • Conduct a final walkthrough to make sure nothing is hiding on shelves or dark corners of closets.

After moving day:

  • Make your bed and unpack your shower curtain and toiletries as soon as your movers leave.
  • Leave a review of your moving company.
  • Register to vote.
  • Update your driver’s license.
  • Get to know your new neighbors!
  • Explore your new neighborhood.
  • Aim to unpack all your stuff within two weeks of moving day.
  • Post leftover moving boxes or unwanted furniture on Craigslist, upcycle them, or give them to someone else who’s moving.
  • Change your address with the bank, and order new checks.
  • Thank your real estate agent or broker.
  • Make sure your new home has a visible address.
  • Tip your movers.
  • Send a thank you note to any friends or family who helped you move.
  • Cover your windows with sheets for privacy on your first night.
  • Find the nearest library, café, grocery store, takeout restaurant, or any area you’ll visit frequently.
  • Sweep your chimney before you use it for the first time