Peter Colls


Moving Checklist

30 Days Before Your Move


  • Call a mover early for an estimate
  • Call and inform your insurance agent
  • Notify Post Office of new address
  • Mail change-of-address cards
  • Obtain medical, dental records
  • Notify schools
  • List any questions about your move
  • Ask about cleaning services


2 Weeks Before


  • Arrange to disconnect utilities  
  • Arrange to connect at new home
  • Collect dry cleaning and items sent out for repair
  • Return things borrowed and collect those loaned
  • Create a packing table or area
  • Hold a garage sale to dispose of items


1 Week Before

  • Set items aside to pack in your car
  • Take down the curtains/rods, shelves
  • Arrange for sitter and/or pet care on moving day
  • Make up "Do not move" cartons for articles to be taken in your car

Day Before Moving

  • Empty refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean and air your range
  • Finish packing personal items
  • Get a good night's sleep


Moving Day


  • Be sure that someone is there to answer the mover's questions
  • Inspect all appliances to be sure that they have been serviced
  • Sign/Save copies of bills of lading. Verify delivery address with mover. Advise where you can be reached
  • Strip beds, but leave fitted bottom sheets on mattresses
  • Keep your vacuum ready. Movers will give you ample time to clean hard-to-get areas, like bed rails and the back of your piano
  • Make a final inspection of the house before leaving. Check all rooms and closets. Turn off lights/Lock up tight
  • Provide driver with accurate directions to your new home

Smile... You've done great! Just relax and leave the rest to the movers!


For a printable vertion of this checklist CLICK HERE

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