Use This Week-By-Week Checklist to Prepare For Your Move

1 October 2013 by


The first appartmentMoving to a new home takes a lot of planning. To make sure your upcoming move is as efficient and organized as possible, take a look at what you should be doing during the weeks leading up to the big day.

14 Days before the Move Date

Two weeks before your move, review what you have already done to prepare for your move. You should have most of these crossed of your checklist by the end of the week:

  • Have you dealt with your plants? Do they require any special moving equipment?
  • Check the basement and attic to make sure you haven’t left anything unpacked.
  • Contact a cleaning service to have your new home cleaned. If you wish to have the walls painted or floors polished, now is a good time to hire professionals to help.
  • Do you have everything you need in order to move your pets? If you think your pet will require special transportation, make sure this is arranged ahead of time.
  • Find important documents like birth records, passports, deeds, wills, and financial statements. Make copies of the original documents and pack the copies up with the rest of your items being moved. Keep the originals close to you at all time during your move to avoid losing them in the process.
  • If you or a family member is on a prescribed medication, make sure you have enough to cover the trip. If you don’t think you’ll have enough, inform your doctor. He may need to refer you to a new pharmacist.
  • Return any books, DVDs, or other belongings that you’ve borrowed.

7 Days before Move Day

With seven days to go, the days will seem to fly by. You should do the following during this week:

  • Put a label on each box marking its designation. For boxes that contain your dishware, glassware, or any other fragile items, do not forget to mark with the word “Fragile.” You may also want to include a “Load last” tag for added safety.
  • Disassemble your electronics. You will be without television for a few days. Be careful with your computer while disconnecting it. Hard drives are sensitive.
  • Call your movers again to confirm your arranged move date. If you have arranged for any special moving service, be sure to confirm this as well.
  • If you are moving items to storage, confirm the dates with the storage service.
  • Make arrangements for paying the movers. Be sure to have loose change handy for tips.
  • If you are moving machinery, check to make sure you have drained all the fuel from the machines. Get rid of the propane tank under your grill. Do not pack flammable, corrosive, toxic, or other fluids that would put your items at risk.
  • Check to make sure you have canceled or redirected any scheduled house deliveries like newspapers, magazines, and other month-to-month items.
  • Go through the house and find all the keys, garage openers, and alarm codes. Keep these grouped together in a folder. This way you will not have any difficulty handing them over your real estate agent or the new property owner.
  • Consider ordering food in for the last couple of days you’ll be in your old home. This way you do not have to worry about stocking up your fridge with grocery items that might go to waste. Ordering also saves you the hassle of cooking, which means you can pack up your pots.


  • Have a list of helpful information for your movers. It should contain everything they will need: the address of your new home, your phone number, and directions if needed.
  • Contact the moving company to verify that your information on record is correct.
  • Put aside a survival kit. It should contain all the things that you will need when you arrive at your new destination. This includes a change of clothes for the first couple of days, dishes, bottled water, and your toiletries. Just in case you don’t get enough time to make meal, pack some snacks as well.
  • If you have pets, pack some pet snacks and pet food with your survival kit.
  • Once your items are loaded, check your inventory list to make sure nothing gets left behind.
  • Clean your home before leaving.
  • Call the utility service companies to confirm that your new home is going to be on the grid by the time you arrive.
  • Have some cash on you. You may need to pay for services after the move.
  • Inform the police that you will be leaving your home and that it will be vacant.

7 Days after Your move

Settling into a new home takes time. But after the first week, you should have accomplished most of the following.

  • Unpack the majority of your boxes.
  • Handle any repairs that need to be done around your new home before fully settling in.
  • Check to make sure there are batteries in the fire detectors. Get fire extinguishers if you don’t already have them.
  • Familiarize yourself with the new rooms.
  • Change the locks of the front door and all the major entry points.
  • Update your tax forms, driver’s licenses, and bank accounts with your new address.

What other moving tips would you add to this week-by-week checklist? Leave a comment below!

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