Moving Check List

If you are moving from out of state, reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. Buy packing material and boxes and start packing everything. Or, you can have your moving company pack up your house, apartment, or condo for you. If you decide to pack yourself, label all moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home. If you’re pressed for time, or overwhelmed with packing, your moving company will do this for you at an additional cost.


Packing can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been in your home for a long time. Putting your belongings into boxes can be both an emotionally taxing and physically exhausting project. With the right tools you can make it easier. The best way to make sure you have gotten everything is to open up all of the doors and crack open all of the drawers. Once you have packed up all the items in that area, make sure you close it to signal that it has been completely packed. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. Number your boxes and write and inventory of what is in each box. Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack (you can leave your clothes on their hangers!). Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases. You can never use enough packing materials to ensure items stay protected. Always stack dishes upwards when packing, and avoid breakage by using custom-designed boxes. It’s also a good idea to avoid wrapping china in newsprint; the ink can stain your dishes. Save time for the kitchen. It takes the longest to pack up because you have to make sure everything is individually wrapped. Try to pack all electronic equipment, like TVs and stereos, in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap to protect these items. Place any items you wish to take with you off to the side and inform all workers to not pack them. These items could include things such as cable boxes, medication, or any other personal items you may want to be readily accessible once you are in your new home. Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible—children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums. Remember to label your boxes for where you want them to go and not where they came from. For example, if something came from your basement, but you want it to go in the playroom, make sure you label "playroom" on the box so it ends up in the correct area. Don’t pack with used boxes or boxes from the supermarket. You never know what little critter is hiding or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions. Most animal kennels break down. They’re much easier to transport if they’ve been taken apart. Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface. Never tip stand mixers on their side when packing into boxes. The lubricating oil inside the mixer will pour out of it. Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.


Set dates to turn utilities on and off at the new and old house. Water Gas Internet Garbage Electricity Cable LandLine, etc.

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Hire renters/Rent Moving Van Create Binder to Track Move Create Home Inventory List Request Time off at Work Pack Throw away and Donate Items Arange Plans for Pets and Plants Make plans for Children’s School Eat what’s in the Refrigerator and pantry Schedule Cleaning Service Schedule Appliance / Furniture Delivery Clean old House
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