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Planning checklist

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6 weeks before: Hire your mover
  • Hire a local mover
  • Discuss your packing and storage needs
  • Discuss any fragile items you might have
  • Discuss the size of your move (it's usually helpful to compile an inventory list)
  • Discuss payment (some movers require a deposit, some only take cash)
4 weeks before: Get organized
  • Complete your change-of-address form
  • Create a floorplan for the furniture in your new home
  • Decide which items you want to sell or donate
  • Notify your mover of any special needs (e.g., special packing materials for delicate items)
2 weeks before: Clean your home
  • Hire a move-out cleaner to ensure your home is sparkling (e.g., clean stove, refrigerator, freezer)
  • Donate items or have a yard sale if you are getting rid of stuff
  • Discard perishable food and any food items you're not taking
  • Collect boxes and packing materials if you plan to pack yourself
1 week before: Finalize the details
  • Call your utilities company to ensure utilities at your old home will be disconnected
  • Call the moving company to confirm your move date, time, and any special needs
  • Start packing items and be sure to clearly label all boxes
  • Set aside any boxes of special or fragile items you want to transport yourself
The day of the move
  • Greet your movers upon arrival and brief them on your unique needs
  • Make sure everything is loaded on the truck
  • Do a final walk-through before leaving to ensure all your boxes are out
  • Turn off all lights and ensure all other utilities are off (e.g., HVAC, water)
  • Close all blinds and lock windows and doors
  • Leave any special keys or garage door openers for the new owner
  • Meet your movers at your new home
  • Check that your items are intact and that there are no dents or scrapes.
  • Pay your movers for a job well done

Tips for success

Discover tips from our pros, helpful articles, and insider information.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Ask about fuel fees and road tolls

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Book your mover before they get too busy

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving
  1. 1. Don't try to do it all yourself

    It's tempting to rent a truck and round up some friends to help you move. However, if you’re moving more than a dorm room, it’s time to hire a real professional.

  2. 2. Don't forget to read reviews

    It’s easy to pick the mover with the lowest price. However, when selecting your mover you should carefully consider reviews to ensure you’ll be satisfied.

  3. 3. Don't forget to clean out

    It’s tempting to throw all your stuff in boxes and move it all to the new location. However, you can significantly lighten your load by cleaning out.

  4. 4. Don't try to move last minute

    Moving is a long process that requires planning in advance. Oftentimes, moving companies will get booked in advance - especially for moves at the end of the month.

  5. 5. Don't forget to ask about additional services

    Moving companies may be able to offer additional services like storage services or appliance installation.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Ask your mover for packing suggestions

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Know what is included in your estimate.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Create detailed labels for your boxes

Top 5 Moving Day Problems
  1. 1. The movers arrive late

    Make sure you have your mover's cell phone number so you can get in touch if they aren't showing up.

  2. 2. Something breaks

    If you see something that is broken, take a photo of the damage and file a claim with the moving company.

  3. 3. The weather is bad

    Torrential rain or blizzard conditions may force you to reschedule your move for the safety of your movers.

  4. 4. Your furniture doesn't fit through the door

    You can avoid this problem by measuring in advance or by disassembling your furniture.

  5. 5. Someone gets hurt

    To avoid injuries, tell your movers about any obstacles in your home, such as tight corners, slippery stairs, or wobbly furniture.

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