Once you close on your home, the clock starts ticking for moving day. While the tasks to complete may seem daunting, our downloadable checklist will help you stay on schedule to help avoid last-minute headaches.
Two Months Before You Move:
- If you are renting, make sure you’ve given notice to your landlord within the notice period and check if you have a break clause in your contract.
- Scope out the area you’re moving into further. This can be the point at which you find out the smaller things such as restaurants, parks, supermarkets, etc.
- Start decluttering at this point; it’s a lot easier to get rid of things you don’t need at your new place before you get there.
- Start notifying your landline and internet providers about your change of address.
- Start collecting free packing boxes from friends, family members, colleagues, or marketplace websites.
One Month Before You Move:
- Hire a moving company – you may want to do this after you’ve started packing and have a better idea of how much stuff you need to transport. However, it’s always good to have a few companies in mind.
- Check how your moving van will be able to access your new home. Are there any parking restrictions at either of your addresses?
- Contact this list to change your address. Register to vote at your new address.
- Research and purchase moving insurance to cover your belongings during the move.
- Create a list of your home’s inventory and take photos of all your furniture so that you know the condition it’s in – just in case anything is damaged in the move.
- Start cleaning outside areas, such as the shed and garden.
Two Weeks Before You Move:
- Anything that isn’t absolutely necessary for the next two weeks e.g. seasonal items and spare items like duvets or towels, can be packed. Make sure you label all your boxes with their designated room.
- Make sure to cook all your frozen food – you won’t want to transport this during the move – and only buy what you absolutely need when it comes to perishable items.
- Ensure your car is serviced and checked so that you can trust it will keep you going during your move. Arrange for child or pet care for the day of the move, if necessary.
- Register and send copies of your children’s school records to their new school district.
- Contact the DMV to change your driver’s license and make sure to also change the address on your Vehicle Registration Form.
- Request time off work for your moving day if need be.
- If you don’t think all your things will fit into your new house at first, look into booking a storage unit to hold some of your belongings until there’s space for them.
What to Prepare One Week Before You Move:
- Confirm the exact date, time and location with your moving company and provide them with any directions they might need.
- Finish packing up the items that you haven’t stored yet. Make sure you also pack a bag or box that is full of your essentials, such as a change of clothes, blankets, snacks, and toiletries, so that you have things on-hand for your first night in your new place.
- Depending on the area, you may want to consider getting a locksmith organized to change the locks at your new property.
- Disassemble any furniture you can so that it’s easier to load up into your van on the day of the move. If you’re renting your property, set up a time for a final walk-through inspection with your landlord.
- Dismantle any shelving, take down any pictures, and remove any fitted items that are coming with you. Repair any scrapes, scratches, nail holes, or marks in the house you’re leaving.
It’s Moving Week! Here’s What to Prepare:
- Do your laundry so you don’t have to cart dirty clothes to your new home.
- Label any spare keys and remove all old house keys from your key ring.
- Make a list of the contact names and numbers of people and services you’ll be needing to sort out in the first few days.
- Find out when you will receive the keys to your new home.
- Pack your documents and valuables in a separate box or bag so they don’t get lost during the move. Disconnect any appliances that you’re taking with you e.g. the toaster, coffee maker, mini-fridge, etc.
- Throw away any leftover food that has an expired date. Make sure all of your long-lasting foods are packed carefully and tightly so they won’t spill.
- Take pictures of the back of your electronics before disconnecting them so you can set them up easily in your new place.
- Empty and defrost your fridge/freezer.
Congratulations! You’ve Made it to Move-In Day!
- Pack your moving van strategically – since your boxes are all labeled, you will be able to pack them into the van in sections.
- Once everything has been packed into your moving van, do one last walkthrough of your home. Go through all the drawers and cabinets in every room and check the garage if you have one.
- Make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured and make a note of all meter readings.
- Clean your home and take photos of the empty rooms to serve as proof for the condition the property was in when you moved out.
- Don’t forget your moving bag with your essentials.
- After you’ve moved into your new place, make sure to return the keys to your old property to the relevant party, check to see if your utilities are working, and make sure to check your moving van for anything that’s not been unpacked.