Moving Checklist: Let Interstate Help You Plan the Perfect Move

Just thinking about moving day can send anyone packing! All the planning and hard work involved in relocating has been known to be a draining experience. Give yourself plenty of time to organize for your move by following our best moving day planning tips. You won’t need to look anywhere else for a better checklist to make your moving day a hassle-free experience.

8 Weeks Before Your Move

  •  Find a binder or journal where you can file and record everything your move involves. This is a great way to stay organized and lessen the likelihood of misplacing important documents, such as receipts, contracts, and moving contact information.
  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence. With the floor plan in hand, you can pre-determine furniture placement and the new location of your boxed items, making moving day much more efficient and stress free.  This is especially useful if you’re downsizing, because the more items you move, the more money it’ll cost you.
  • It’s important to sort through your belongings to decide which items to bring or leave behind.  The next step is to take inventory of all the things you plan on moving.
  • Now would be the ideal time to decide whether or not you want to hire a professional moving company to handle your move. We have more information on the steps you need to take to find the best professional mover to fit your needs here.
  • Find out what your moving company’s insurance policy will cover in the event of damages. It also doesn’t hurt to ask your insurance agent if your rental or homeowners policy will cover your move as well.

 6 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Keep a record of all the people who you will need to inform of your move and change of address, such as the Post Office, utility companies, government offices or any delivery services like newspapers.
  • Pick up copies of medical records for everyone in the family or ask to have them sent to your new doctors.
  • If you are moving out of state, make travel arrangements for flights and hotel stays. 
  • Many moving companies typically categorize houseplants as “non-movable” because moving conditions are not conducive in sustaining plant growth. If you own houseplants, it’s wise to find friends or family to pass them off to before you move.

 4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Begin packing your belongings. Start with items that are used infrequently like holiday decorations or items stored in the attic.
  • Don’t forget to clearly label all your moving boxes. Write down the contents of the box as well as which room it belongs in. It’s also helpful to have a couple of boxes designated as “essential,” which you will need right away.
  • Get your car serviced and look into your car insurance policy.  If you’re moving out of state, see if you can get your policy transferred. It would be a good time to look into how to ship your car if you don’t plan to drive to your new destination.
  • If you plan on doing the move yourself, determine how large of a moving truck you will need to rent. Reserve the truck for a couple of days to allow yourself more than enough time to safely load and unload the truck.

 2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • This tends to be the most stressful time during the move, so asking friends or family for help to get last minute tasks done will not only help lighten your load, but also give them an opportunity to spend some time with you before you leave.
  • If you have an especially large moving truck, look into arranging parking for it near your home. Some moving trucks are too big to park in your driveway. Be sure to speak with your neighbors about what parking arrangements will work with them during your moving day.
  • Packing up your garage or basement can take longer than a couple of days; give yourself plenty of time to complete this task. 
  • Don’t forget to return any borrowed items, such as library books. Also, don’t forget to pick-up any items you may have lent someone.
  • Reconfirm with your moving company the date and the arrangements you made for moving day. It is important to let your moving company know if you have changed the number of items on your moving inventory list.
  • Contact the Post Office and confirm with them your change of address and the date of your move to ensure your mail will be sent to your new address.
  • If you have children or pets, arrange for a caretaker for moving day. To avoid extra stress, try to make plans so the children and pets will not be home during the move.

1 Week Before Moving Day

  • Double-check all of the moving documents and details. Look to see if you have already informed the appropriate parties such as banks, government offices, and the Post Office of your new address and contact information.
  • If you haven’t already done so, prepare the mode of payment for your movers (credit card, check or cash). Check with your moving company to make sure that they accept your planned mode of payment. If you had an especially difficult or large move, you may want to consider giving each member of the moving team a tip for their hard work.
  • If you are taking your refrigerator with you, make sure it’s empty, clean and defrosted at least 24 hours before moving day.
  • If you have a bit of a drive to your new home, don’t forget to pack items like flashlights, snacks, medications, first aid kits, important papers, maps and car chargers for the ride.

It’s Finally Moving Day!

  • Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep the night before. Also if you have children or pets, take them to your friend’s house or your caretaker  the night before so it will be one less thing to worry about on moving day.
  • If you live in a gated community or condominium, notify the management office of the mover’s anticipated arrival time.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, water).
  • Before the movers arrive at your home, make sure that :
    • All walkways are clear of obstruction.
    • Have a copy of the inventory checklist to use throughout the day to make notes, etc.
    • If you have children or pets, set up a space for them in the home away from foot traffic and have toys or other items they can use to entertain themselves.
    • Dispose of any leftover trash or flammable items.
    • Have the moving truck parking space marked.
    • Have the mode of payment ready.
    • Ensure that all of your rooms are well lit.
    • Have moving tools (such as extra permanent markers and packing tape) readily available.
    • Have snacks and beverages for personal consumption on hand.
    • Paper towels, hand soap and toilet paper will be handy to have during moving day.
    • Place your valuable items, such as jewelry in a lock box or place it in a secure location.
    • If you chose to do so, have refreshments for your movers already available or arrange food deliveries, so you won’t have to leave the move unattended during the day.
  • Once the movers arrive, go over all of the paperwork and make sure to have your all your questions answered before the move begins. Lastly, before the movers leave your home, do one last quick sweep of the house just in case any items or rooms were forgotten during the move.

Our moving day checklist is here so you can better prepare for your actual moving day. The small details and things you can do in preparation for your move will make a big difference your moving day arrives. Something as simple as this checklist makes a complicated process much easier.

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