Moving can be a stressing and overwhelming process. However, if you approach it with a plan, it can go smoothly. Here’s a moving checklist that will help organize all the steps in preparing for your move:
Before Listing your Home
- Get organized: Set aside a folder or file where you can put all your move-related paperwork. Dedicate a notebook as your moving notebook for all your notes.
- Start sorting & decluttering: Decide what to keep, discard or donate. If you’re moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision making.
- Research moving companies: Look for moving companies with positive reviews or ask family and friends for moving companies they have had a positive experience with. If you are a Loop 303 Homes client, ask us for recommendations. Ask prospective companies if they have discounts on certain days of the week and keep that in mind when making the final decision.
Once the contract is accepted
- Get supplies: Buy packing materials: boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap.
- Plan a garage sale if your community allows: As you go through your possessions, you’ll find things you don’t want to move. It’s a perfect time to lighten your load. If you cannot have a garage sale, consider donating. Organizations like Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul all except household and clothing items. They may also be able to pick up items from your home.
- Notify schools: If you have children, tell the staff at their schools of the impending move. Get copies of their school records and check into the enrollment process at the schools near your new residence.
- Medical records: If you are moving out of the area, check with your doctor to get copies of your family’s medical records.
Once you are past the Inspection Period
- Book a moving company: Thanks to your research, you are ready to pick your movers. Pick a company you feel confident with and confirm the date, time, and details of your move.
- Start packing non-essentials: Begin boxing up the things you won’t need right away ( for example; decorative items, clothing you can live without, garage items). Make sure to label all boxes with the new room it should go to as well as the type of items includes in the box. (We suggest you label a couple of sides so that you can more easily see this information.) When stacking your packed boxes, make sure you can see the labels so you can keep rooms together as best as possible.
3 Weeks Out
- Notify utilities: Start the process of closing out utility services at your current place and getting utilities set up at your new residence. You will need a new address for your final bill.
- Strategize your food situation: Use up food items that you don’t want to move. Plan ahead to have nothing left in your freezer and pantry by your move date. Plan to consume anything that’s already open.
- Pets and plants: Make arrangements to get your animals and plants to your new home. Pets get stressed during moves and can sense impending changes. Try to make it as stress-free as possible for your pets.
- Change your address: Complete a change of address form on the USPS website. Notify banks and credit cards of your new address.
- Transfer insurance policies: If your current home is insured, check with your agent to transfer the policy to your new home. If you are a Loop 303 Homes client and would like additional quotes, ask us for recommendations.
- Take care of your car: Have your car serviced, especially if you’re embarking on a long-distance move. Check with your car insurance company about transferring your policy.
2 Weeks Out
Pack with a vengeance: Now’s the time to start boxing up most everything left in your home. Reserve 1 box for small parts/special tools from furniture that will be needed to put everything back together in your new home. Packing one room at a time will make you feel like you are making progress. Again, make sure to label everything to ensure a smooth transition at your new place.
- Coordinate your valuables: If you have jewelry, heirlooms or other valuable items, sequester them from the main move. You don’t want valuable items mixed up with your other packed items. Keep them in a safe place so you can transport them yourself.
- Make a clean move: If your new home needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to have it scrubbed before you arrive. We also suggest that you have the home you are selling professionally cleaned also. If you are a Loop 303 Homes client, ask us for recommendations.
- At your disposal: Properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as cleaning materials, propane, or paint.
1 Week Out
- Confirm and confirm again: Check in with your mover to confirm the time and date of the move.
- Pack an essential kit: Prepare a suitcase with items you will need right away at your new place. Take it with you. Don’t load it on the truck.
1 Day Before
- Keep important documents handy: Make sure to have any documents related to the move at the ready.
- Defrost and clear: Clean out your empty fridge and freezer. Check your cupboards and pantry for any open food items.
- Work with your movers: Help your movers by identifying fragile or large items right away. Be there when the movers load your items onto the truck. You’ll be responsible for verifying that they loaded everything, so it’s vital that you’re there to coordinate and answer questions. Sign the bill of lading when you’re satisfied that everything is accounted for.
- One final sweep: Before the movers pull away, do a final check of your home to make sure nothing was left behind.
- Have Home Professionally Cleaned and Ready for the New Owner