Moving Checklist

Congratulations, you finally decided on a brand-new home! Although this is a time to rejoice and feel accomplished, you’re not out of the woods quite yet. The last step before starting your new journey is to move out of your old home and into your new one. With so much to do before your move, it’s easy to forget a thing or two. Use this moving checklist to stay organized:


  • Request time off work if you can. Having an extra day or two to prepare, move or unpack will be invaluable.
  • Clean out your home. Return any borrowed or rented items and donate or sell anything you don’t want. Use these garage sale tips to help you sell your unwanted items.
  • Create a folder for moving expenses, including receipts, bills and other records. You might be able to deduct your moving expenses on your next tax return.
  • Gather packing materials. Check out our tips on how to find moving supply deals.
  • Clean out lockers. If you’re moving out of town, clean out lockers at your gym or kids’ schools, P.O. box, safe deposit box and any other secure location where you are storing your belongings.
  • Research moving hacks to make packing and moving easier for the whole family.
  • Start packing early. Create a packing schedule so you pace yourself and don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Research new medical care. If you are moving long-distance, research new doctors, dentists, pharmacies, vets and other services.
  • Research required vaccinations. If you are moving out of country, research any vaccinations needed for humans and pets.
  • Research moving insurance options. If moving insurance is right for you, look for the best way for your family to protect your belongings during the move.
  • Make an old and new home to-do list. If you’re moving far away, make a list of things to do before you leave your old location, and a list of fun things to do in your new location.
  • Research moving trucks and companies. Communicate with moving companies about moving large or odd items like a pool table, large sectional or piano. Look for reviews and recommendations and get in-home estimates for the most accurate pricing. Read our article on how to spot a moving scam.
  • Sign up for utilities. Research curbside trash and recycling in your new city and sign up to receive those services. Sign up for water with your local utility and research gas and electricity. If your gas or electricity is , shop around for the best plan for your home and family.


  • Provide extra comfort for your kids and pets. Even if you’re staying close by, moving to a new home can be a jarring experience.
  • Notify everyone of your new address. Read our address change checklist.
  • Gather important records and keep them in a safe place while packing and moving. If you’re moving out of the city, request records from your doctor and your kids’ schools.
  • Create a private inventory of your valuables and where they are packed.
  • Clear your fridge. Plan meals that will allow you to use any remaining food in your refrigerator and pantry. Meal prep for the week of your move and a week or two after.
  • Make sure your furniture fits in your new home. If you can, measure doorways, stairways and elevators ahead of time.
  • Consider researching maid services to clean your old and/or new home. Many maid companies have special move in/move out services.
  • Confirm moving day requirements. If you’re moving to a rental, confirm any moving day requirements like outstanding payments and forms to bring from your leasing office or landlord.
  • Address any repairs that need to be made in your old home, and in your new home if you are able.
  • Have your vehicle serviced, especially if you are moving long-distance. Either way, a breakdown is the last thing you want to happen on moving day!
  • Have a goodbye party. If you’re moving out of town, have a goodbye party with your friends and family in your current location. Make sure you have everyone’s updated contact information. To ease the sadness than can come with moving, try planning a future visit.
  • Confirm logistics with the movers. If you’re moving to an apartment, find out about parking your moving truck at your new place and reserving the elevator if necessary.
  • Plan your route. If you’re moving long-distance, plan your route and a backup route in case of traffic or road construction.
  • Refill everyone’s medications. It will be one less thing to worry about for a while, especially if you have to find a new pharmacy.


  • Pack a bag with clothing and essentials for the days surrounding your move. Make sure to check the weather for those days.
  • Research plumbers, electricians, and other service providers in your new area. You’ll want to have their numbers on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Research babysitters and pet sitters or employ the help of friends and family to keep your loved ones safe and occupied while you move.
  • Inspect your home and make sure nothing is hiding on high shelves.
  • Find a new gym and organizations. If you’re moving out of the area, transfer gym memberships and find new clubs or groups like the ones you were a part of in your old location. Joining these as soon as possible will make your new location feel like home and help you make friends faster.
  • Donate your extra nonperishable food to Move for Hunger.
  • Drain water hoses on your washing machine and ice maker.
  • Show your appreciation for your helpers. Grab water for anyone helping you move. Withdraw cash to tip movers and buy treats for any friends and family helping you.
  • Clean your new place, or have it cleaned. Doing this beforehand will be a lot easier, and it gives you a chance to start fresh.
  • Empty oil and gas from grills, heaters, lawn mowers, snow blowers and other tools.
  • Unplug fridge and freezer. If you own your current home, defrost your fridge and freezer the night before you move if nobody is moving in right away. Lay a towel in front to catch any dripping water.
  • Take photos. When all of your belongings are out of your old home, take photos of your empty place to prove it’s in good condition and ready for the next residents.
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