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Your Ultimate Moving Checklist

2 Months Before Moving Day

  • Call Smooth Move People to schedule your move.
  • Create a Moving Binder. This is where you can keep track of important documents close by like our handy printable checklist.
  • Sort Through Your Stuff. Take a look at what your stuff, assess what you need, donate anything you no longer use.
  • School Records Transfer. If you have kids and they will be changing schools, set up their school records to be sent to their new school district.
  • Request time off work. If you’re moving to a new neighborhood or even down the street, consider taking a Friday off of work, so you have the entire weekend to get settled in your new place.

6 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Take inventory. Start a list of everything that will be coming with you to your new home.
  • Order packing supplies.
  • Complete touch-ups. Perform minor repairs and paint touch-ups to your current place.
  • Measure doorways, elevators, and stairs at both locations so you and your movers will know ahead of time if you need to plan for any disassembly and reassembly.

One Month Before Moving Day

  • Start to Pack. Begin with items you use less frequently, like clothing that isn’t currently in season.
  • Label Your Boxes. Choose a system that works best for you, but putting the name of the room you want the box to go in on the box makes things easier for you and your movers.
  • Gather Valuables. Put all of your important documents and valuables aside so that you know where they are, and can personally move them on moving day.
  • Change of Address. Head to your post office or and fill out a change of address form.
  • Notify Important Parties. Let your bank, credit card and insurance companies, your employer’s HR department, and any magazine or newspaper you subscribe to, know about move and ensure they have your new address.
  • Medical Records. Request your medical records be forwarded if you have a new doctor and dentist picked out, or request a copy for yourself and ask for a referral.

Two Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Fill and transfer your prescriptions.
  • Set up a babysitter or playdate for children during moving day.
  • Set up a sitter or doggy daycare for pets during moving day.
  • Tune up car. If you’re moving a long distance, getting your car serviced beforehand is essential.
  • Transfer utilities. If you’re moving in town, you can have your services be transferred ready to go when you reach your new place, or if you’re moving to a new town, you can cancel your current utilities and set up with the new one. (Don’t forget Cable and Internet services too!)

Week of the Move

  • Finish packing. Make sure your inventory list is up to date and all of your boxes are labeled.
  • Clean your home or apartment before moveout.
  • Empty out your fridge, and defrost it if it’s coming with you.
  • Pack a suitcase with everything you’ll need the night of the move and day after. Things like a pajamas, toothbrushes, and chargers. It will take time to unpack and find everything, so ensure you have what you’ll need immediately, close by and easy to access.

Moving Day

Your months of planning have led to this day! Yay! Just a few more things and you can start your life in your new home.

  • Do one last run-through of your place after your movers have loaded the truck.
  • Put your valuables and financial documents in your car and head over to your new home.
  • Tell your movers where you’d like everything placed and let them do the heavy lifting for you.
  • Double check your inventory list to ensure everything made it with you.
  • Unpack your bedding and toiletries and make your bed, so you’re ready for a shower and good night’s sleep.

The Days After the Move

  • Confirm all of your records and utilities have been forwarded and transferred.
  • Go grocery shopping. Having food in the house will make it feel a bit more like home, and provide snacks for the unpacking process.
  • Explore your new neighborhood.
  • Throw a housewarming party and enjoy your new home!

Download the pdf version of this moving checklist here: moving-checklist-smooth-move-people

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