Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

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Meet my new friend Taylor! She is an avid Interior Stylist and Travel Writer at flourishmentary.com. She is an avid European traveler and adores vintage interiors and architecture. She met her husband in Italy, while traveling during her study abroad, and now they are planning their second cross-country move together! Be sure to follow her for your daily dose of anti-minimalist inspiration on her Instagram; @flourishmentary.

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Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up and moving across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move!

Since I have a big cross country move coming up, I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place!

You can get your find your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist” at the bottom of this post!

Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

8 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

  • Organize Items Into Keep/Toss/Sell/Donate Piles: Go through each room and divide items into one these categories. Try to use the layout of your new home to figure out which pieces you’ll wanna keep, and which won’t make the cut!

Tip: Don’t toss old towels and sheets! They’re great for wrapping fragile items and cleaning after move in

  • Make Moving Inventory List: If you’re planning to hire movers to load and unload, they’ll need an estimated inventory of all your stuff, to give you the most accurate quote.
  • Get Moving Quotes: There are so many options now, so decide if you need the white glove treatment, or if you just need a moving truck. Storage pods are a great pick when you wanna go at your own pace. Now is the time to narrow down which company you’ll pick.

Tip: Ask movers if they can match a lower quote, and find out if the company provides insurance in case anything gets damaged during the move.

  • Organizing Personal Documents: This one is lengthy so start ASAP. Make a list of all utilities/services you’re making changes to. If moving out-of-state, you may even need to get quotes for new car & health insurance, Find out when you need to give any notices, especially to your current landlord.  
  • List Address Changes: Write down every place that needs your updated address: think banking, subscriptions, insurance companies, medical providers, schools, family, etc.

Tip: Check out your banking statements for an easy list of places you make regular payments.

6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

  • Create Meal Plan For Groceries: Take a little time to take inventory in your pantry. Use up what you have, and try to buy less at the grocery from here on out.
  • Gather Packing Supplies: Contact a local bookstore or COSTCO to get free boxes. Gather other moving essentials such as tape, markers, and bubble wrap.
  • Start “Moving Documents” Folder: Keep important documents close by during the move like your lease, moving contracts, emergency phone number etc. Also, keep a list of all the boxes you’re packing and their contents, so you can find things more easily!
  • Begin Packing Non-Essentials: Start with seasonal items, photos, decor, etc, Anything you won’t NEED to use before you move should get boxed first, before you start on everything else.
  • Schedule Cleaning/Repair Work: Per your lease or new tenants, you may have to do things like fill holes from wall hangings, clean carpets, or paint. Now is the time to do these things, or hire someone who can.

Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

  • Store Valuables: Choose a designated place, like a fire/waterproof safe to store valuables like jewelry, passports! You’ll keep this on hand with you during the move, so it doesn’t go missing.
  • Book Moving Company: If you haven’t already booked your movers, make sure you do it now. Also, find out if you’ll need a special permit to park your moving truck/pods.
  • Make Day Of Move Arrangements: If you need time off work or care for kiddos/pets, get this set up. If moving cross country, book any flights/hotels/etc.
  • File Change Of Address: You should always file an official change of address with the post office, but also double-check that companies, friends, and family, have your new address.

3  WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

  • Service Your Car:  You don’t want to deal with a breakdown while moving, especially if it’s far! Have it checked over, and try to clean the car out for before moving.
  • Schedule Your Utilities To End/Begin: You don’t want to arrive at your new place with no lights, so be sure you have all utilities set up upon move in and transferred out of your name for move out.
  • See Friends and Family: If you are moving far, make it a point to see loved ones before you are buried in moving boxes!
  • Make “First 24 Hrs” Bag: List out EVERYTHING you think you’ll need in the first 24 hours after your move, or your entire travel time if moving cross country. You’ll also wanna add your valuables and moving folder to this bag, to keep with you at all times during the move.

Tip: Random things like a first aid kit, or a shower curtain are often needed early on in the move. For a comprehensive list of everything you should keep in your first 24 hr. bag check here!

2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

  • Backup Computer Files: Make sure you’ve backed up all important files, and check out easy cloud storage options. When packing electronics, be sure to use plenty of padding and label “fragile”.
  • Dispose Of Any Hazardous Materials: You actually can’t bring aerosol cans, some paints, batteries, and some types of cleaners in a moving truck. Check the rules, and toss anything you can’t bring!
  • Launder Remaining Items: Things like drapes, linens, and clothes should be cleaned and stored. Everything except what you’ll need just before the move can be packed now.
  • Make Plan For Packing Remaining Items: Make a plan for cleaning and packing away everything else in your home. Larger items might need an unconventional box, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute.

Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

1 WEEK BEFORE MOVING

  • Clean And Pack Kitchen/Bathrooms: Start to pack up things like spices, and non-perishables. Make a plan to use up or donate anything you’re not taking. Also, be sure to clean out and wipe down your fridge and cabinets.
  • Confirm All Moving Details: Confirm every detail like the movers, utilities, travel. Double check anything that needs to be ready for moving day! If you’ve got to do a final walk-through with landlord/ new residents, schedule time for that now!
  • Arrange Meals During Move: Get a cooler filled with water bottles, snacks to munch on during the move. Find out about local grocery stores and take out options since you’ll be super tired after moving. Also, make sure to separate food for pets!
  • Gather Keys/Garage Openers:  Get keys and garage openers back from anyone, to leave for new residents/landlords. Keep them out in an open space so you’re not looking for them at the last minute.
  • Clean Old Place: You want your old place in perfect move out condition especially if you want to get back a security deposit!

WEEK OF MOVE

  • Seal/Organize Boxes: Start to organize boxes/items that will need to be loaded first. Label all boxes with the name of the room they go to, and the contents in detail so you know what to unpack first when you’re tired from moving.
  • Get Cash To Tip Movers: Get an envelope to store cash to tip your movers. You should always tip, but don’t be afraid to remind them politely about fragile items and important details!
  • Review First 24 hr. Bag + Valuables + Moving Folder: Go ahead and make sure everything you need is in your first 24 bag, and in your “Moving Folder”.  Keep these things + your valuables all together, and in a safe place with you during the move.
  • Disassemble Any Furniture: Take apart any furniture that needs to be disassembled for the move, and keep small pieces labeled so that it’s easy to put back together.

DAY OF MOVE- OLD PLACE

  • Strip Remaining Linens: Remove any recently used linens and pack away.
  • Double Check All Boxes: Make sure all boxes are sealed and everything is ready to be picked up the moment the movers arrive.
  • Final Cleaning: You’ll need to do one last clean of the surfaces and floors after everything is out as a courtesy to the next residents.
  • Shut Off Lights/Thermostats: Lock all windows and doors, and check water, lights, thermostats. If you haven’t yet, hand off your old keys!
  • Last Walk Through: If required, do this with the landlord. Check that nothing gets left behind, and take a picture to show it’s done correctly. Double check storage spaces, (we all forget stuff there) and dispose of any trash.

DAY OF MOVE – NEW PLACE:

  • Light Cleaning Of All Surfaces: If you can, arrive before the movers so you can clean your new place. It may have been vacant for some time, and you’ll want to clean surfaces ready for unpacking.
  • Check Lights/HVAC/Faucets: Make sure all your keys work, check locks, windows, faucets to make sure it’s all in working order. Also check meters, breaker box, water heater, HVAC, and security system etc, so you can report anything wrong ASAP.
  • Check Items For Damage: As things come into the house, make sure things aren’t damaged. Cross-reference with your packing list to make sure nothing is missing.
  • Assemble Important Furniture: It’s the hardest part, but you’ll probably need your bed and kitchen table, straight away. Go ahead and get these out of the way!

Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

AFTER MOVING:

  • Check On Mail From Old Place: Have someone check your old place for missed mail. If you were renting, be sure the leasing office or landlord has your new address so you can get your deposit back.
  • Update Drivers License/ Important Documents: In certain states, you’re required to update your Driver’s license and insurance within few days of changing your address. Check the rules and get it done in time!
  • Research Community Aactivities: Get out in your new neighborhood! Try new restaurants, grocery stores, and get to know your neighbors!
  • RELAX!: Try to get essentials put away but give yourself a break with everything else. Moving is tough, so let yourself get settled with a bottle of bubbly! Cheers!

And there you have it, the Ultimate Moving Checklist! Print out a copy to help you keep your sanity during this transitionary phase! Moving is always easier when you do your homework, and have some helpful resources to guide you.

Ultimate Moving Checklist

Thanks again to Lisa, and hope you are ready to get things moving!
Ciao for now,
Taylor

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Ultimate Moving Checklist. Planning a move?  Whether you are packing up to go across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move! I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place! Click to read the post, be sure to grab your free printable copy of the “Ultimate Moving Checklist!"

Posted October 2, 2017 by Lisa in Organize / 75 Comments

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75 responses to “Free Ultimate Moving Checklist

  1. Oh wow! You have got it down to a science! I love your tips. As a child, we moved A LOT, so now, the thought of moving just does something to me. lol You’d think I’d know how to handle another move but I will keep in mind a few of your ideas. Great post!

    • Hi Mikki. It sounds like Taylor has moved a few times as she has some great tips here for us. Throughout my married life I have moved too many times to count, so I hear you, and I do not want to move anytime soon!

  2. Great list! We moved last year across three provinces, and checked off a number of items on this checklist. One thing you can’t control however, is for the moving companies to do what they say they will. It all came out all right in the end, but there were some harrowing moments one week before move day with finding a new moving company!

    • HI Christine, glad it all worked out in the end for you. The last time we moved, the company we had hired called us just one week before the move and reported that they got a bigger job so couldn’t do our move. That left us in quite a bind but also turned out for the best, we found a company that did an amazing job, were super sweet and charged us less money!

  3. Scheduling a time to visit your favorite places/people before you leave is a great way to celebrate your location before your next adventure begins 🙂

  4. This list will definitely come in handy as I am moving in a few months to a place of my own. I’m going to save this list for reference. This was very helpful

  5. Lauren

    thanks for this! we have been trying to move all summer and after three failed offers – we are having to possibly go unpack things! this is a good checklist for when we eventually move!

    • Hi Lauren, sorry to hear about the failed offers. That can be disheartening. There must be a reason, I think something better is in the works for you and your family, something beyond what you are even expecting!

  6. This is amazing! i’m actually saving this list as I might be moving soon and have no idea where to start… thank so much for being so organized!! 🙂

  7. Ana

    Wow this list is THE BEST! You thought of every single detail. Love the thorough explanation and extra tips. I moved to a new house a year ago and I still have a few moving boxes laying around…It’s been a mess! Wish I could read this back then 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. When I moved across the country, I had nothing planned – like for real. With all this, it was not chaos at all and I’m very surprised how everything fall into place.

  9. These are great tips! I’ll probably be moving in about a year or two, so I am definitely saving your checklist and coming back to it for when that time comes. There’s always so much going through your head during a move, so any extra bit of organization is super helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do this! I especially love your tip about keeping old towels & sheets and using them for wrapping fragiles with – I’m always worried about my stuff breaking, so that’s an awesome idea!

  10. This is so helpful! My family is planning on moving early next year, so this is seriously what I needed! I’ve pinned this to come back to when we’re a little closer to moving time!

  11. Moving is undeniably a hard occasion and if you’re disorganized it can be even more taxing. Thank for sharing them tips on making the process a little bit smoother.

  12. Sian

    Just moved house and wish I’d read this post first. It’s never as organised as you hope it will be, but we’ll get there. Have pinned this so I’ve got it for next time 🙂

  13. Sahra

    Yesss! I have a big cross-country move coming up as well and this has totally inspired me to get the ball rolling and start taking stock of my belongings and organizing things.

    Best of luck with your move!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  14. I’ve moved at least 13 times and I’ve got to say that this list is quite comprehensive. Hopefully we’ll be staying at this place for a long time.

    • Hi Kristen, we have moved too many times to count. We do not want to move anytime soon! I wish I had a list like this before but I am definitely saving it just in case.

  15. I just moved and it was absolutely crazy! We had three weeks got get all moved in and decorated before having everyone over to our wedding. Unfortunately I had to skip the most important part, relaxing! I’m making up time now though. 🙂 Great list!

    • Hi Kari, glad that move is over with hey! I wish you all the best in your new home and many good times relaxing with your feet up!

  16. What a great list! This is so helpful. We’re already talking about possibly moving next summer, to wherever my husband ends up getting a job, and while we’ve moved apartments once during our marriage, this next move will be bigger! Thanks for such a useful list!

  17. Zim

    I haven’t move for 13 years. The idea is dreadng for me (thinking of the clutter in our garage and all). A checklist seems to be a good way to go in order to make the move less daunting.

  18. Wow! This really is the ultimate list. I love that you started 2 months in advance. I wish I would have done with with our last army move.

    Xx Tatyanna

  19. This is a very well thought out plan. I appreciate the simple itemized ‘things to do’ in manageable chunks. I have moved several times growing up and 4 times as an adult – I hope I never have to use this personally BUT this is also a great tool that can be leveraged for your University students and soon-to-be empty nesters. Great read.

  20. This is my second visit to this page – using this now to support my daughter as she preps for University move – smaller scale but definitely leverageable.

  21. Moving house is one of the most stressful situations ever! There is so much to think about and you always forget something. But not any more! Fabulous list of tips and suggestions. Thanks Lisa!

  22. Oh this is really a good way of reminding those people who are moving from one home to another. I can really relate cause sinse I was a child we moved a lot and even changed schools and everything it was indeed a struggle.

  23. This is so well thought out ! Definitely an ultimate plan! I plan on moving next year so this came right on time. I need to organize my documents and throw some things out. Those areas are where I tend to get lazy!
    Thank you for sharing!

  24. Great article! I re-read it again and shared it with one of my friend who will move next month. Thank you for gathering all of your knowledge and ideas.

  25. I love your tips. Very detailed and organized. I remember when we move a couple of years ago, it was very stressful. I wish I had your list!