Moving Home Checklist (PDF) by hedongchenchen



Moving Home Checklist
Two Months Before Moving
    Create a "move file" to keep this Move Check list and estimates, receipts and other important

   Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates

   Using a Mover? Start getting estimates from moving companies. At we can
provide you with three quotes. Ensure you get an itemise quote list all the charges.

   Self Move? Select the rental truck you want to use. Be sure to reserve it well in advance as they
can be booked up at certain times of the year.

    Check on insurance during your move. Your homeowner's insurance does not cover off-premise
items if stolen, lost or damaged. You can take out transit insurance at

     Start pulling together medical and dental records - including prescriptions and shot records. Ask
your existing doctor and dentist if they can refer you to a care provider if you are moving to a new

    Arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district and/or daycare.

   Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies. Ask if moving is covered
and arrange for insurance for your new home.

   Start working your way through each room deciding throwing out unwanted or unneeded items.
Plan to donate these or sell them on TradeMe or have a garage sale

   Gather important documents (birth certificates, immunization records, insurance documents,
etc.) and place them in a briefcase, strongbox, or other secure place to insure that they do not get
misplaced during the move. You should carry these documents with you.

   Forward or cancel any monthly services, subscriptions or memberships.

   Pets: Make certain you have transportation arrangements for your pet. Buy a carrier.

   Pets: Notify your veterinarian of your move. Obtain any records for your pet, and ask for a
One Month Before Moving
  Self Move: Buy boxes and packing material. Use large boxes for lighter items, like bedding and
smaller boxes for heavier items like books.

   Start Packing: Begin with rooms of the house you don't use as much and finish with the kitchen.
Choose a room of the house to serve as a temporary storage area for packed boxes.

   Make an inventory of important and/or expensive items in your home as you pack. Try to take
photographs of these items if possible.

   Check into storage options for those items you cannot move immediately and may need to store
temporarily – visit for storage options at

   Children: Start involving your children in the move. Make it exciting by having your children pack
some of their own things, and letting them figure out new layouts for their rooms.

   Children: If you have young children, arrange for a babysitter on moving day. You can
concentrate on the move knowing your children are watched and safely out of the way.

   Make backup copies of important files on your computer before packing it. Take your computer
with you. Do not put it on the moving truck.

Three weeks before you move
   Visit and move you energy, telephone, internet and Pay TV to your new

  Start to advise your business contacts of your new address. Use MoveEzy’s free Change of
Address tool at

   Remember to notify Insurance Companies: Life, Health, Fire and Vehicle.

   Notify your home services providers including lawn services, garden waste collection

    Arrange forwarding of mail to your new address, this is done at a local Post shop, there is a fee
for this service.

   If you're moving out of a building with elevators, arrange with management for use of
elevators on move day.

   Service your car, especially if you're travelling to your new place by car.

   Confirm any travel plans or reservations you may have made for moving day (flights, hotel, rental
cars, etc.)

   Confirm arrangements with your moving company or your truck hire company

   Check that you have returned all borrowed items including video rentals and library books.                                                              is easy moving: utilities and contacts
   Refill Prescriptions need for the next two weeks

Last two days before you move
   Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.

   Prepare all appliances for loading.

   Pets: Pack a travel case for your pet including their food.

   Prepare any specific directions for your moving company (drivers) to your new home,
including your travel itinerary and contact/emergency numbers.

   Be certain to have some cash on hand for the day of the move.

   Begin cleaning your house. Make certain to defrost your refrigerator and freezer if it is not self-

   Do a final walk-through of your old residence, checking closets, drawers, etc. Turn off all lights,
lock all doors and windows, and leave keys with your old property manager or Real Estate agent if
you sold your home. Leave old keys, garage door openers, landscape/house plans and instructional
manuals needed by the new owner in a kitchen drawer.

   Self Move: Pick up your rental truck and any moving equipment you may need (dollies, cars,
furniture pads, etc.)

   Pets: Keep your pet confined on the day of the move. Make certain they are in a safe place away
from the hubbub of the move with plenty of food and water. Consider taking a dog or cat to the
kennel for the day. But don't forget to pick them up on time.

   Pets: Introduce your pet to your new home slowly. Be certain they will not be able to run back to
the old house for the first few days.

   Register children into their school or day care.

   Check to see if your Will or Trust needs updating

   Leave a forwarding address with the next tenants or owners of your home if possible.

You’re now on your way to your new home!                                                          is easy moving: utilities and contacts

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