Just before you move, you should go through the following checklist and ensure you’ve taken care of everything on it.
Have you arranged new utilities for your new house?
Have you taken final meter readings and phoned them in ñ or will phone them in on the first day the utilities are open?
Have you informed your bank, mobile phone and any other companies who regularly bill you at your old address of your new address?
Do you regularly contract a gardener, milk delivery, maid service or other third party service that you need to cancel?
Have you arranged a mail redirect?
Have you turned off the gas, water and electricity, if asked?
Have you stopped all utilities, and informed any tax or local authorities of your move so that they can adjust your final bill and have it forwarded to your house?
Is everything packed, removed, binned or accounted for?
If you are leaving furniture, have you checked that there’s nothing in, underneath, behind or on top of it?
Have you fulfilled any items that will ensure the return of your deposit (if you had one?)
Is everything packed and clearly marked?
Have you paid, or do you have the means to pay for your new house, if required?
Have you clearly explained, or marked out any repairs required within your old house?
Have you left any manuals that you don’t need, for appliances or items you’re leaving behind?
Have you transferred things like your driver’s license, visa, passport or work permit to your new address?
Once you’ve ensured you’ve taken care of everything, you can move on to your new house knowing that you’re able to continue your life without fear of disruption, identity theft or needing to contact the new occupants of the house with your problems. You’ll also be able to relax and enjoy the move itself.
6-8 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Schedule movers or rental truck
Determine furniture layout for new home
Make inventory of household items
Arrange for school transfer
Ask for doctor and dental referrals; arrange for transfer of medical and dental records
Fill out change-of-address card with post office
Clean out all closets and drawers
4-6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Get packing supplies: boxes, packing paper, tape, markers
Use up or dispose of food, cleaning supplies, and hazardous materials
Have garage sale/donate unwanted items
Arrange for carpet and drapery cleaning
Arrange for house cleaning
Arrange for move of pets
Arrange for move of plants
Arrange for utilities (cancel old; start new):
Arrange for transfer of homeowner’s/renter’s insurance
Make travel arrangements
Request relocation package from chamber of commerce of new town
2-3 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Set aside critical documents and items you will keep with you
Family and friends
Health, life, and auto insurance policies
Credit card bills
1-5 DAYS BEFORE MOVE
Empty ice maker and ice cube trays in case of power shutdown
Clean refrigerator, stove, and oven
Disconnect and drain appliances for move
Drain fuel from power equipment
Close out safe deposit box
Confirm travel arrangements
Confirm arrival time of movers/pick-up time of rental truck
Have payment and snacks ready for movers
Gather and clean outdoor furniture
Return cable box, cable modem, DSL modem if necessary
Prepare food for moving day
Double-check that all cupboards, closets, dishwasher and other appliances are empty
Give movers tour and instructions for what is being moved
WITHIN 30 DAYS OF MOVE
Re-establish safe deposit box
Enjoy new home!