Preparing for House Moving Checklist

  • If you're selling your home, make sure all of the paperwork is either completed or in the process.
  • Get two or three estimates from moving companies and make reservations as soon as possible.
  • Make a place for items you're going to donate and yard sale items.
  • Start a floor plan for your new home and start deciding how you're going to use each room. This is also a good time to start pricing any appliances or furniture you'll need for the new house.
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer your medical, property and auto insurance.
  • Make arrangements for your family and your pets. If you're moving a long distance you may need airline reservations or hotel rooms.
  • Contact a pet relocation service for advice and assistance on moving your pets long distances.
  • Fill out change of address forms at the post office.
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and moving date.
  • Notify your church, magazine subscriptions, etc. The bank only forwards your mail to your new address. They don't actually take care of changing your address with everyone.
  • Have copies of school records transferred to the new school.
  • Make sure they have your new address to avoid delaying your mail which could end up costing you late fees.
  • Include the records of all family members and pets. This is also a good time to take care of any appointment that might be coming due in the near future. That way you won't have to rush around to find doctors in the new city.
  • What goes, what gets donated and what's going into a yard sale.
  • Contact a professional appraisal service and make sure all of your valuables are included on your insurance.
  • You'll want to carry as many of your valuables with you as you can. If you're traveling by plane, that may mean you can only carry whatever you can get into a suitcase.
  • Either have your medical prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy in your new location or get new prescriptions now so you won't have to rush around trying to find a doctor when you get to your new home.
  • You should have all clutter out of the house by now. If you're packing yourself, set aside a place close to the door to stack boxes as you pack. Keep valuables and items you'll need right away at the new home separate so you can get to them quickly.
  • Schedule disconnection and start dates for all utility companies and service providers. Have utilities at the new home turned on the day before you arrive.
  • If you're going to be traveling a long distance by car, have your car serviced now.
  • Start using up frozen and perishable items in your cupboards and hazardous materials like aerosol cans and chemicals that won't travel well.
  • Make sure they know the address of your current home and the new home and give them contact numbers so they can reach you at any time.
  • If you're moving yourself clean as you pack so you won't have it all to do at once. If you've hired a moving company, contact a cleaning service to come in after you're gone.
  • Pack toiletries, a change of clothes, medications, etc. and take these with you either in your car or on the plane.
  • Label all boxes with fragile or valuable and label everything according to what room you want it to go into at the new house so the movers will know where to put everything.

When you're moving the contents of an entire house, a moving checklist is an absolute must.  Actually, anytime you move you need a good checklist but when you're talking about moving a house there are a lot of little things that need to be done before you can even think about the bigger things like loading that giant sofa and king size bed into the back of a moving van.  Having a house moving checklist will help you remember all the little things you need to do in the middle of that giant whirlwind of activity that's going on around you. The earlier you start and the more organized you are the smoother your transition will be so we've created this house moving checklist to help you stay on top of things.

Tips

If you're moving to the other side of town, your checklist might not be so involved, so you probably won't need to worry about finding new doctors and transferring medical records and your utility companies and other service providers will probably stay the same.You still remember to transfer those services to your new address as well as changing you mailing address with credit card providers, insurance companies and banks.

If you're moving a long distance then you're going to need to do even more planning. Get information about all the different service providers in your new city and find new doctors and banks. You may have to pay deposits for utilities since you've never dealt with them before. You're going to have to find new schools for your kids, and on top of all of that, you're going to have to find a moving company who can not only transport your household but load it up at your current home and unload it at the new one.