Moving Checklist

Planning ahead can remove much of the stress involved in moving home. We have prepared a handy moving check list to assist you in preparing for your move.

One Month before Moving

Pick up a Change-of-Address Kit from the Post Office and fill it out:

  • Friends and family
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Credit card companies
  • Magazines and newspapers – cancel local newspaper delivery
  • Doctors, dentists and other providers – transfer drug prescriptions

Take a look around the house. Start to think about what you don’t want to take with you.

  • Use up perishable foods
  • Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items

Prepare a list of what you want to move.

  • Large appliances?
  • Outdoor furniture?

Order packing supplies:

  • Boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Markers
  • Packing paper

Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly as to contents and room to be placed in. Mark “Open First” clearly on boxes containing important items to be unpacked first:

  • Dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding
  • Special toys
  • Towels
  • Light bulbs
  • Plates
  • Tools – hammer, pliers, wrench

Make arrangements for picking up your important records:

  • Birth
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Legal
  • Optician, optometrist
  • School
  • Veterinarian

Contact your child’s new school and notify them of your upcoming move to their area.

Two Weeks before Moving

Pack your vital documents in one place:

  • Passports
  • Military records
  • Mortgage records
  • Marriage license
  • Birth certificates
  • Vehicle titles
  • Stock certificates
  • Insurance papers
  • Bank records
  • School records
  • Medical records
  • Tax records

Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds for any deposits made. Have meters read. Give new address for them to send their final bill:

  • Cable
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Water

Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new residence.

Make arrangements for cleaning

Check with your insurance company about transferring coverage to your new home.

Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house on moving day.

One Week before Moving

Plan what goes in the car with you:

  • Toys and games for kids
  • Special breakable items or collections
  • Important documents and records
  • Change of clothes and toiletries for your first day
  • Vacuum cleaner – if you want to clean right away
  • Toilet paper
  • First aid kit
  • Food kit with bottled water, cereal, bananas

Make travel arrangements for your pets and plants.

Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable antiques and collections.

Have your car tuned up.

Moving Day!

  • Strip your beds.
  • Show movers around. Make sure your possessions to be moved are inventorised with them.
  • Get all keys together. Put in a safe spot.
  • Make sure moving van driver has correct address, phone number and directions.
  • Check all rooms one last time. Remember closets and cupboards, and garage!
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked.