The Ultimate Moving Checklist

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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. 

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!!

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