Getting Ready to Move? Don't forget this Handy Checklist!

Mortgage and Lending with Luminate Home Loans, Inc. - NMLS# 150953 NMLS# 274125


If you are in the process of moving, you know that it is a stressful time and there are a lot of things that will need to be accomplished before the Moving Day actually arrives.  Don’t be stuck without a plan.  Use the checklist below to make sure you haven’t forgotten a thing.


Getting Ready to Move Checklist


Moving Tips - 8 Weeks Before

  • Get estimates from Moving Companies and/or Truck Rentals.
  • Draw up a floor plan of your new home to help decide which furniture will stay and what will go.
  • Use up things that can't be easily moved (frozen foods, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • If moving to a new city, contact the Chamber of Commerce for information about your new town - your "Welcome Packet"

Moving Tips - 6 Weeks Before

  • Inventory all of your possessions.
  • Determine what can be sold or donated for a charitable tax donation.
  • If moving to a new city, get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, vets, etc...
  • If changing school districts, make arrangements to transfer your child's school records.

Moving Tips - 4 Weeks Before

  • If necessary, arrange for temporary storage of your belongings.
  • Clean or repair any furniture, curtains, or carpets that need it.
  • Hold a Garage Sale.  Use the extra money to splurge a little on your new place.

Moving Tips - 3 Weeks Before

  • Start collecting packing materials.
  • Start packing your less used items (Holiday or Seasonal Items).  Don't put too much weight in boxes.
  • Make travel and hotel reservations if necessary.
  • Make sure your mortgage company has all necessary paperwork and information before you pack it away.

 Moving Tips - 2 Weeks Before

  • Notify any creditors of your move.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family.
  • Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.
  • Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home. 

Moving Tips - 1 Week Before

  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number.
  • Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box. Designate several moving boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbed.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day. Prepare all appliances for loading.
  • Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks.
  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day.
  • Schedule with utility companies to have utilities turned on at your new home.

Moving-Out Checklist

  • Check every room, closet and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded. 
  • Take note of utility meter readings.
  • Prepare a letter including your new address in the house so that the new residents can forward any left over mail.
  • Make sure you notify a friend or family member of your itinerary in case of an emergency or unforseen event.

Moving-In Checklist

  • Before you start unloading, take this time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected.
  • Check to make sure all appliances and systems are working properly, and determine if there is a need to arrange for repairs.
  • Pick up any mail being held at the post office and verify that your new mail is being forwarded to your new address.
  • Place all boxes in or near the room they belong to when unloading into your new home.  
  • Begin unpacking your necessities first and then move on to your other items.
Finally.....enjoy your new home and congratulate yourself on a job well done.  

Angie Gerhardson

Comments (4)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I will use this check list to assist my clients with the sales of their homes.

Jul 11, 2012 01:45 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Excellent checklist...have bookmarked.    Thank you!

Jul 11, 2012 02:33 AM
Dan & Linda Tublitz
RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL - Boca Raton, FL

Fantastic list, thanks for the post!!

Jul 11, 2012 04:28 AM
Angie Gerhardson
Luminate Home Loans, Inc. - NMLS# 150953 - Isanti, MN
Helping YOU Realize your Dream of Homeownership!

Thank you all.... :)  I figured I'd compile all of my lists into one very easy to do list.  I hope this helps many of your clients.

Jul 11, 2012 04:38 AM