Congratulations on your new home!
Moving to a new space is a significant milestone. Dealing with this change can be quite confusing and overwhelming, especially if this is your first time. Having a checklist of things to do can help make this move much easier. This is why moving experts at Independent Real Estate have prepared a simple checklist of things you should do during the days leading up to moving day!
One Month before the Move
- Make a list of things you want to take to your new home, and start packing things you don’t need for the next four weeks.
- Move all the things you want to throw away into a specific location, and get rid of them responsibly.
- Make a list of things you want to donate, and drive to the nearest charity to give them away. You can host a yard sale.
- Plan your move by hiring a moving company and book tickets, a hotel, and rental cars if applicable.
- While getting quotes from moving companies, consider getting moving insurance for your furniture and other appliances.
- Buy packing cartons in advance.
- Clear out your fridge and start using the frozen food and pantry staples. Do not stock up on pantry essentials until absolutely necessary. You can stock up once you move to the new space.
- Book a storage space in case you need a place to temporarily stash some items during the move.
- Call your children’s school, your doctor, your lawyer, and local administration to have important documents and records moved to your new location.
- Get a physical copy of your entire family and pets’ medical records.
- Notify your post office and subscription services about your new location with change-of-address cards.
- Speak to your utility providers about cutting off service once you leave.
- Clear out the attic, closets, and garage.
- Reach out to service providers to repair any appliances if necessary.
Two weeks before the move
- Pick up any appliances that were scheduled for repair.
- If you have any plants, give them away to neighbors and family or prepare them for the move.
- Reserve a place for your pet to be boarded in case you need a place for them to stay during the relocation.
- Arrange a babysitter so that someone can watch your kids on moving day.
- Start packing one room at a time. Label each box diligently so that you know what each box contains.
- Return items borrowed from friends, family, neighbors, and the library.
- Cancel services like newspaper and magazine subscriptions, and local club memberships.
- Reach out to your bank to arrange the transfer of your account to the new location.
- Throw away flammable items like aerosol cans, fuel for your lawnmower, and cleaning fluids.
- Hire services to take care of things in your new home like mowing the lawn, cleaning the carpet, and painting the walls.
- Since you’ve sold your property, create a folder of important documents that the new homeowner should have.
One Week before moving
- Make sure most of your luggage is packed, except daily essentials.
- Unfreeze the freezer and clean it.
- Remove curtain rods, mirrors, and light fixtures so that you can carry them with you.
- Pack large power tools.
- Take your car to the garage to have it checked before you move.
One Day before moving
- Wipe down the stovetop and oven.
- Pack a small suitcase for each family member with clothes and toiletries to last the first few days in the new home.
- Check your folder of important documents to make sure that everything is ready.
- Make sure you have packed all your electronics and chargers.
- Have a first-aid kit ready with prescription medication, bandaids, and common medicine.
Moving out day
- Hand over the keys to your old home to your real estate agent.
- Check each cabinet and closet in the old home to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
- Check the locks on the doors and windows to make sure that everything is secure.
- Walk around the home to make sure that all lights are switched off and utilities are off.
- Make sure that the driver of the moving van has the right address.
- Dispose of all trash to leave the home clean.
- Leave a forwarding address so that the new homeowners can forward any mail that you might receive.
Moving in day
- Reach the new home before the moving van gets there.
- Collect your new keys from the rental agent.
- Check if all the furniture has arrived and take photos to claim damages if necessary.
- Check if utilities have been turned on.
- Set up a WiFi connection.
- Hire a handyman to install appliances.
Once you print out this list, add any additional items that apply to you. Don’t forget to check each item off when you’re done. Happy moving!