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.
|Utilities||To set up/close/move your accounts|
|Change of address cards||A 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.
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 windows||And 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 codes||Consider something simple (1-2-3-4-5-6)|
|Leave all openers||Shed 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 utilities||Confirm 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.
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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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!!