Relocation Checklist: 8 Things Most People Forget to Add

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Relocation Checklist: 8 Things Most People Forget to Add


Are you moving house soon? No doubt moving is a traumatic experience. In most cases, people forget at least one important thing.


Relocation companies recommend that people create moving checklists as soon as they find out they will be moving home. Why? Because with so much to do around this time of change, it is easy to forget some seemingly silly, but undeniably important aspects that can play a major part in your move. So, in this post, we will address some of the things people tend to forget.


Creating a relocation checklist


Whether you’ve moved once or many times, experience seems to fly out the door when it comes to another house move. Many people think that just because they have moved before, they don’t need to make another relocation checklist - they will remember everything. Not so fast! Without a clear plan and structure, you are guaranteed to forget or mismanage certain tasks related to your move.


Collecting personal records and documents


During a move, your attention is not just focused on the task of moving, but the many different little (and big) things associated with moving. When your focus is divided, it’s easy to forget things that seem impossible to forget.


If you’re moving more than twenty minutes away from your daily commute, you will probably decide to let your kids attend a different school and you may find a new doctor and dentist. That means that you need to collect school and medical documents and any other important records:


Employment records

Identity documents

Marriage, divorce and custody records

Financial documents

Motor vehicle records

Moving invoices and receipts

Medical insurance cards and prescriptions


Scan all these documents and save them onto a USB stick. Keep the originals in a confidential file and on your person during the move.


Cancelling subscriptions and services


We don’t always think about the collections, deliveries and other connections to our community until we receive the bill. Be sure to cancel or change the forwarding address for the following:


Gym membership

Garden and pool service

Magazine or of-the-month club deliveries

Mail delivery

Online shopping delivery address


Packing an essentials box


An essentials box should contain all those important things you will need during the last phase of your move, while you’re between the old and new houses. If you forget to pack an essentials box, you will be frustrated as you dig through boxes to find things to get you through the last night in the old house and the first day in the new home. Be sure to include:


Cleaning materials

Kettle, toaster, microwave

Plate, cup, utensils for each family member

Bread, cereal, beverages

Bedding for each family member



Items left at repairs shops or dry cleaners


One of the main things people forget during a house move, is to pick up items they have sent in for repairs or cleaning, such as dry cleaning, electronic repairs stores. This is most likely to happen when the clothes or items are out of season, or used only for special occasions.


Items in the attic or basement


It may not come as a surprise, but we tend to forget to clear out storage areas in and around the home, such as in tool-sheds, walk-in closets, attics, basements and garages.


The best way to avoid missing the important things in storage areas, is to include them all on your relocation checklist.


Switching on and off utilities


Because utilities make life so much easier, it is easy to take them for granted and forget to have the utilities turned on at your new home before you move in, and to turn off the utilities at the old home when you leave. Therefore it is important to check with your landlord before you move and arrange for your utilities to be taken care off.


Planning auto transportation


If you are moving across a significant distance, or if you have more than one car, it can be easy to forget to plan how it will be moved to the new home. You may take for granted the fact that you will take one car and your spouse will take another, but that is often easier said than done, especially when you have young children. Driving cars across distances of further than three hundred miles also add wear and tear on the vehicle, which is unnecessary. Instead, consider flying to your destination and shipping your vehicles with a company that offers nationwide auto transportation.




Moving is hard work and it is easy to forget important things. Using all the tools and services available to you can help alleviate a lot of stress and problems. Consider hiring a moving company instead of doing everything yourself, and make use of pet relocation and auto shipping services to make your job easier. Most importantly, make a relocation checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything important during your move and be sure to include the 8 memory joggers above.






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John Pusa
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 Kate Steven very valuable list of relocation tips to remember.

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