Stress-Less Moving Countdown Calendar


Three Months Prior to Moving

  • If possible, plan your move outside of the peak season (late spring and summer months). Most movers are booked during this time, which makes it hard to hire the mover you want.
  • Survey your house (don’t forget the garage, attic, shed and basement). Start making mental lists of items that will not be
    moving with you.
  • Have a yard sale to get rid of items you will not be moving. Donate unwanted items to organizations such as The Salvation Army.

Two Months Prior to Moving

  • Contact schools, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants to obtain copies of your personal records.
  • Start interviewing movers. Make sure the mover is an AMSA ProMover.

One Month Prior to Moving

  • Choose a mover and book your move. Order boxes and supplies to start packing if packing yourself.
  • Submit a Change of Address form to the Post Office (
  • Prepare an Inventory List of single-packed items that will be stored or moved.
  • Contact your utility, phone, newspaper, and magazine subscription companies to discontinue/re-establish service at your old and new addresses.
  • Secure insurance for your move. All movers provide a minimal level of valuation (buzzword for “insurance.”) But you’ll want to buy additional insurance from your mover to make sure you are covered.
  • Order checks from your bank with your new address.
  • Arrange for childcare or pet care on move day, if needed.
  • Start packing items that you won’t need immediately.

Two Weeks Prior to Moving

  • Dispose of items that cannot be moved. Dispose properly of hazardous waste.
  • Order refills on prescriptions and contacts. It’s a crazy time – and you want to make sure you’ll have what you need.
  • Contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators, if you live in an apartment or condo.

One Week Prior to Moving

  • Pay your bills.
  • Alert neighbors that the moving trucks are coming.
  • Drain water hoses. Drain gas from lawn mowers, leaf and snow blowers, and prepare any major appliances for the move.
  • Pack a “FIRST NIGHT” box including personal items, bedding and fun things for the kids.
  • Confirm childcare, confirm movers, truck rentals, travel arrangements, etc.
  • Obtain certified checks (if needed) for the movers.

One Day Prior to Moving

  • Pack any last minute items.
  • Write down cell phone information to give to the head of the moving crew.
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

Moving Day

  • Make sure that someone is available at your residence to receive the moving company.
  • If 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).
  • Review the bill of lading and inventory sheet one last time.

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