Congratulations! You’ve sold your house, and now it’s time for the move. Here’s a week-by-week checklist for moving to your new home, smoothly and successfully.

8 Weeks Before Moving

  • Buy a journal or binder to collect notes about your move, including reminders, phone call notes, “to-do” lists, and pertinent receipts.
  • Sketch or obtain a floor plan of your new home and decide which household goods to keep and which to let go.
  • Decide whether you’re going to do the move yourself or hire professionals. If you’re hiring movers, now is the time to start the process by getting at least three estimates.
  • Arrange for transfer of your child’s school records
  • Start creating a list of people who need to be notified about your change of address and keep it handy so you can add to it as you think of people.
  • Use our moving box calculator and make a list of moving boxes & supplies you’ll need. If you plan to order them online, go ahead and do that. Or try to find free moving boxes.
  • Buy a lockable box for important files and documents like birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.

4 Weeks Before Moving

  • Donate furniture you don’t want to charity. Many organizations will arrange pick-up.
  • Contact insurance companies, doctors, and dentists about forwarding your records.
  • Arrange cut-off dates for utilities, including phone, gas, electricity, water, and cable.
  • Fill out a Post Office change of address kit online.
  • Start taking apart outdoor furniture and outdoor children’s equipment, like swing sets
  • Determine which things in your garage and/or storage shed need to be packed and which ones can be donated, recycled, or thrown out.
  • Designate a “moving room” to store boxes that have already been packed. Continue to pack and label boxes of things you can do without until the move.
  • Notify your pastor, rabbi, priest, or imam of your move
  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day
  • Determine how your pets will be moved on moving day.

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Drain water hoses, the propane tank from your gas grill, and oil and gas from lawn equipment.
  • Safely dispose of paints, aerosols, oils, and other flammable or toxic waste. Your city’s public works department can advise you on how to properly dispose of these items.
  • Arrange to have utilities turned on at your new home.
  • Update your online profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and any other social sites you use.
  • Remind schools when your kids’ last day will be
  • Return your library books
  • Have your car serviced to avoid a breakdown on moving day.
  • Call your homeowner’s insurance provider and arrange the date for coverage to end.
  • Start eating the items in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Buy only the minimum groceries you need for the next two weeks.
  • Continue packing, labeling, and storing boxes.

1 Week Before Moving

  • Prepare an “essentials” box for things you’ll need the day you move in, such as kitchen items you’ll need for preparing meals.
  • Prepare and label “last load” items box for moving day and pack suitcases and valuables separately
  • Fill any prescriptions needed in the time leading to your move.
  • Continue packing, labeling, and storing boxes.
  • Last Few Days Before Moving Day
  • Determine which crucial items you’ll transport in your car and make sure they’ll fit. This box should include:
  • Towels
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes / toothpaste
  • The day before moving day, clean out the refrigerator. Eat what you can and order takeout if you need to.
  • Continue packing, labeling, and storing boxes.

Moving Day

  • Take kids to the babysitter or pick up the babysitter to watch the kids while moving is in progress.
  • Take movers through the house and make sure they know which items are fragile.
  • Make sure boxes that are not going on the moving truck are clearly marked.
  • Do a final walk-through before the moving truck leaves.
  • Make sure the movers have your cell phone number.
  • Check all moving paperwork before signing the bill of lading. Keep copies of the bill of lading and the inventory list with you in a safe place.

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