Ultimate Moving Checklist 2020

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Changing Your Address Before You Move

Whether you are moving around the corner, across town, across the country, or around the world; you need to let key people know your new address. This includes moving your utilities, updating your credit cards, etc.

It can also include having to find a new doctor, dentist, or school and making sure you transfer all appropriate records.

And you want to do this enough in advance so that you don’t miss any important mail or don’t forget to set up new utility accounts before you move in.

As a catch all, you should also submit a US change of address request or a Canadian change of address request at the Post Office to catch anything you might have missed.

Utilities To set up/close/move your accounts
Change of address cardsA handy way to let people know that you’ve moved
Subscriptions Magazines, catalogs, newspapers you want to receive
Recurring orders Any auto-fill orders should be updated
Online stores Add your new address to your favorite checkouts
Post Office Put in a change of address request to forward mail
DMV By law, you need to update this after you move
Insurance Update your Life, home, auto, etc. insurance companies
Government / Tax Contact the various service agencies to update
Family & friends Keep those close to you aware of your new location
Employer Let your HR department know your new address
School(s) Even if you are staying in the same school district
Banks & financial institutions And order new checks with your new address
Doctors & Dentists If you are changing doctors, get a medical transcript
Sports & club memberships To stay informed
Current house / landlord Provide a forwarding address for mail that slips through
Voter registration Protect your right to vote!

QUICK TIP: Make a running list of all mail that comes in over a 30 – 60 day period. This will help you remember the important places that will need your new address.  After the fact, your “forwarded” mail from the old address will let you know who you might have forgotten. 

Moving Day!!!

The BIG day has officially arrived, and it’s time to move into your new home. If you’ve handled the earlier stages of this moving checklist, today should still be incredibly exhausting but – hopefully – far less stressful.

Make sure to do a quick walk-through before they close up the truck, looking for large or heavy items that will be difficult to move without the truck around.

You can (and should) do a more thorough walk-through before giving up the keys.

Set an alarm Get up early to handle last minute stuff
Remind friends/family/helpers Text everyone who volunteered to help to remind them
Protect your floors Put down mats (movers will do this for you)
Help but don’t hinder Hired movers? Help guide but don’t get in their way
Valuable / important items Keep these in the car or the rental truck cab
“I Will Move This” items Use your helpers to put these into personal vehicles
Fill the shelf If your box truck has a ledge, fill it with boxes
Load heaviest items Appliances should go in the front of the box truck
Load mattresses & box springs Strap mattresses to the left side of the truck
Open furniture Desks & tables in the middle with heavy boxes under
Sofas / couches Load on the opposite side of your mattresses
Heavy boxes Load in the center of the back of the truck
Small boxes, etc. Place smaller items behind and around your other items
Strap it all down Use straps and moving pads to keep things from shifting
Take pictures of your new home Before you move in, create a record of how it looked
Take food / beverage breaks Between the move out and the move in
Protect your new floors Put down mats (movers will do this for you)
Assign a guide To direct what goes where in your new home
Keep paths clear Do not put boxes in high traffic areas
Double-check placement Make sure large items are in the right room/area
Tip your movers $4-$5/hour per mover, if they did an awesome job
Order food / beverages To thank your helpers
Check your connections Make sure your utilities, Internet, etc. are working
Set up beds So that there is a place to sleep after a long, hard day
Unpack the coffee maker You’re going to need this!
Unpack main bathroom essentials Get shower & toiletries ready so you can feel human
Change the locks You never know who has keys to your new home
Make copies of your keys Do this IMMEDIATELY before you lose your only set

QUICK TIP: Take your existing locks (and the keys) to the local hardware or home improvement store and they can change the locks for FAR less than it would cost to hire a locksmith.

Last Check of Your Old Home

Once the move-out is complete, it is always a good idea to do one more, final walk through of your old home and look in every nook and cranny.

This will help make sure that you didn’t leave anything behind, plus give you a chance to do a final and thorough cleaning before the new owners take possession.

Depending on your move distance and when you are giving up possession of your old place, you can do this immediately after the move truck has been fully packed or you can come back to the old house after the move is over.

Check all closets Don’t leave things hanging
Check all cupboards Use a step ladder to check the top shelf
Check storage room Make sure it was thoroughly emptied
Check the furnace room Check around the furnace for dropped items
Check the shed Make sure you grab your yard tools
Check the fridge & freezer Unless you moved them with you
Check the oven Make sure you didn’t forget something in there
Check under the stairs You’d be amazed what can hide beneath the stairs
Check in the attic If you have a storage attic, check it again
Sweep & clean Don’t leave garbage or dirty surfaces behind
Do a full walk through One last look, and a chance to say goodbye!
Close & lock all windowsAnd close the blinds or drapes (if they are left behind)
Take pictures For proof that you left the place clean and tidy
Leave a goodbye gift A small token to welcome the new family
Change security codesConsider something simple (1-2-3-4-5-6)
Leave all openersShed keys, inside locks, garage door openers, etc.
Lock the doors So that nobody can do damage after you’re gone
Return / leave the keys Make sure to get your key deposit back (if applicable)
Contact utilitiesConfirm that you have moved & final reading is done

QUICK TIP: Keep one or two open but unpacked “last minute boxes” so that you can easily pack up anything you find during your final check. 

Some Final Moving Checklist Tips

Even if you have possession of both properties for a period of overlap time, try to avoid the “I will deal with that later” mentality, as that can create what is known as “The move that never ends!”

Also, if you are moving for work, make sure that you keep your receipts for Tax Time!

Last, but not least, flatten boxes as you unpack them and collect them in one place. You can post them on Craigslist or a local classified site for free pickup by another mover. It helps you dispose of them, keeps them out of landfills, and helps another mover save some money. A win-win-win!!

Your Moving Checklist is COMPLETE!

And that’s it… you are officially moved. Now comes the fun(????) part. Unpacking!!!!

Hopefully, this moving checklist helped you avoid some common moving pitfalls that I have experienced in the past. If so, we’re glad we could help. If not, we’re sorry. Really, really sorry!

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10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Moving Checklist”

  1. Great checklist to keep you organized for your move! It’s definitely not about just shoving everything into boxes, you also have to think about transferring your utilities over to your new home and forwarding your mail. It’s also super important to make sure you get a reliable moving company that knows what they’re doing. it saves so much headache!

  2. Very helpful and informative. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. This idea would make you think about what to do next, although I am all in favor of hiring professional movers!

  3. Thanks to the author for sharing such a great post. The article was very well written and the checklist is really great for people like me who are looking for more information.

  4. Moving is always a hassle 😉 But it is definitely worth the effort. Recently, I helped to move my friend to a suburb of New York City from downtown. He had his own checklist to make sure he didn’t forget anything, as well as many different tips that helped a lot, some of which I think he may gave gotten from you! 🙂 My friend was madly happy to move, because the proximity of nature and the lack of noise made his life better and calmer.

  5. We really like this article. As a moving company providing a furniture removal services, we can tell that you know what you’re talking about!

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  7. Robertsons Removals

    This kind of job really needs appreciation and yes thanks for sharing this with us. Your blogs are always great and I love reading them. I am about to move to my new place and this checklist will be very helpful for me… thanks!

  8. This article is incredibly helpful. I am familiar with the rigorous task moving can be, I recently moved this past summer and wish I had this article as a resource at that time. A couple buddies and I had to move our piano ourselves and in order to bring it into our basement it would not fit down the stair so we had to take it around the house by our lake and it was frankly terrifying. Moving our upright is the one thing I would say with 100% certainty I will never do again. If you’re going to do the moving work yourself, you’ll definitely want to look into a piano moving service in your area. Its worth paying someone else do for you. Thanks for writing this article, I’m sure anyone in the middle of this process will greatly appreciate it!

  9. Thank you for sharing this. This is so helpful and informative. It will really made sorting and packing stuff a whole lot easier. Saving this for future reference.

    1. I’m so glad you found our Moving Checklist helpful! Hopefully it makes your next move super easy! (Well, as easy as moving can possibly be…)

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