Home moving checklist

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Estee Soto

Date Published: 2021-09-08

Finally ready to start packing? Does the moving date approach? My home moving checklist can help you make your move much easier.
Home Moving Checklist

6 to 8 weeks prior:

• Purchase or rent moving supplies: tape, markers, scissors, pocketknife, newspaper, blankets, moving pads, plastic storage bins, rope, and a hand truck. Free boxes can usually be obtained at a local supermarket, but consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for clothes.
• Have a garage sale to clear out unwanted items and plan accordingly. Consider donating unwanted items.
• Keep a detailed record of all moving expenses. Your costs (and donations) may be tax deductible depending on the reasons for your move.

2 weeks prior:

• Hire a reputable mover or rent a moving truck. Be sure to get referrals or references, check with the Better Business Bureau, get estimates and purchase moving insurance.
• Two weeks before moving day, contact your telephone, electric, gas, cable/satellite, refuse and water companies to set a specific date when service will be discontinued. Contact utility companies in your new town about service start dates, including Internet and telephone services.
• Notify healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) of your move and ask for referrals and record transfers.
• Register children for school and ask for school records to be transferred.
• Notify lawn service, cleaning and security companies when service should be terminated.
• Advise the post office, publications, and correspondents of change of address and date of the move. 
• Check your homeowners’ insurance and make arrangements for new coverage.

Moving day:

• Have tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.
• Give every room a final once over. Don't forget to check the basement, yards, attic, garage, and closets.
• Have the final payment for the movers and money for a tip.
• Don't forget to check in with your local Agent – he or she may be able to provide useful local advice and/or referrals.

**TIP: Move valuables (jewelry, legal documents, family photos, and collections) yourself – don't send them with the moving company. Make sure you have a complete home inventory of all your possessions.

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