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Moving Checklist

2 Months in Advance

  • Contact and choose a moving company. Get estimates and references from multiple companies — both for moving and storage (if you’re not moving into a new home right away).
  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture placement.
  • Make a home inventory.
  • Begin to remove clutter—start with the attic and garage.
  • Start a file of moving paperwork and expenses. These costs can be taken as tax credits and deductions.
  • Gather/organize important personal, family, and financial records/documents.

2-3 Weeks in Advance

  • Dispose of items that can’t be moved (paints, cleaners. propane, flammables).
  • Recycle electronics, plastics, metals papers, etc.
  • Transfer automobile registration and drivers’ license (if new state).
  • Donate items to charity.

Let current professional support services know that you’re moving:

  • Accountant
  • Attorney
  • Doctors
  • Dentist
  • Financial Planner
  • Health Insurance Provider
  • Schools
  • Bank/Credit Union
  • Auto Finance Co.
  • Home care service providers (gardener, cleaning service)

6 Weeks in Advance

  • Schedule moving date/reserve truck.
  • Complete change of address with post office:

Notify government offices of your move:

  • City/County Tax Assessor
  • State Vehicle Registration
  • Social Security Administration
  • State/Federal Tax Bureau
  • Get antiques or valuables appraised
  • Order moving materials.
  • Start to pack: seasonal clothing and other items not in immediate use.
  • Clean out closets and drawers.
  • Hold a garage or moving sale.

1 Week in Advance

  • If using a mover: Confirm dates and time of packing and moving.
  • If moving yourself: Confirm moving truck.
  • Find a new home for items that you’re not taking with you.
  • Confirm travel arrangements.

Pack a travel it for you and your family members:

  • Financial items: credit cards, cash, etc.
  • Travel: Passports, birth certificates.
  • Children: Toys, medications, books, clothing, car seat
  • Clothing/Personal Supplies: Items needed during the move period.
  • Pay any final bills
  • Transfer safe deposit box contents to new branch.

4 Weeks in Advance

  • Send new address to friends/family members

Schedule disconnection of services old property/connection of services at new one:

  • Utilities (electricity, water, gas, trash)
  • Telephone
  • Cable/internet
  • Cancel automatic bill pay set-up for any of the above services
  • Contact insurance companies to moving coverage and to transfer policies to new location/home.
  • File Change of Address with Credit card companies and Subscriptions

Moving Day!

  • Kids/Pets: Drop off kids/pets at-pre-arrangedcaresite.
  • Confirm bill of lading and inventory before signing.
  • Do a final clean of your old home.
  • Be sure to have someone at old home during move-out
  • Make a floor plan of where all furniture is going
  • Be available to answer any questions
  • Check boxes and belongings. Note any missing items or damage
  • Supervise loading and unloading
  • Be prepared to pay the mover and have cash on hand to tip workers.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Nili Signature


  • Create a folder of important information about your house for the next homeowner.
    Be sure to include your new address so that future residents can forward any mail.
  • Install new batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Re-Key your locks
  • Register to vote