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Moving Into a New Home Checklist - Everything You Need to Know

There are several things you have to think about when it comes to moving. And the one thing that will help you the most at every moving stage is having a Moving into new home checklist. You can make your own moving checklist as per your moving requirements and then tick off as you complete each process. The checklist should be arranged with different time frames which go towards the moving day. By ticking off each task as you do it in moving checklist printable form, you can be sure that you do not forget anything. You could start the checklist right from 7-8 weeks before the move and then go right down to the actual day of moving and even after your move.

7-8 Weeks Before Moving

  • Now is the time to get free moving quotes from various professional movers and begin your research by checking BBB track record history or if they are members of AMSA.
  • Start preparing an inventory of your belongings. You'll want to start making decisions on what items you will be taking with you and what you may not need any longer.
  • Anything that you have decided is no longer required, consider donating to charity or having a garage sale. Remember, your move is either going to be based on time or weight, so the more you have to move the more it's going to cost you, so why to waste time and money on things that you no longer need.
  • Contact local movers or long distance moving companies as per your requirements and ask them to conduct an in-home survey and provide you with binding estimates.
  • Designate a file or folder to keep important moving-related information and receipts. Many moving expenses may be tax-deductible. Check with the IRS to see what deductions you may be qualified for.
  • Notify your children's school. Make arrangements for records to be forwarded to your child's new school.

5-6 Weeks Before Moving

  • Get familiar with your new community. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce and request information on schools, parks and recreation, and community programs.
  • Register your children in their new school when moving to another city or state.
  • Check the requirements for driver's license and auto registration for the state that you are moving to.
  • While your long distance movers will take care of moving your belongings, what about your family. So, plan your travel arrangements (flights, hotel, car rental, etc…) for your family.
  • If you are planning on doing any of the packing yourself, start collecting suitable packing materials.
  • Start making a floorplan about where your furniture and other belongings will go in your new home. As you begin packing, mark your boxes according to your plan, this will be helpful in reducing the time and stress of making decisions as your movers are bringing your belongings into your new home. As for planning, make use of our moving hacks and tips for a safe and stress-free move.
  • Include your children in the moving process. Make it fun and exciting for them to move by allowing them to do some of their own packing.

3-4 Weeks Before Moving

  • If there are any changes in moving dates, or if you realise you will be needing extra moving services then make sure to notify your hired movers about it.
  • Obtain a change of address form from your local Post Office. You may also obtain this form online at the US Postal Service website at www.usps.com
Be sure to send change of address form or notify the following people and businesses:
  • Banks & Credit Cards
  • Doctors, Dentists, Veterinarians
  • Insurance Companies
  • Clubs or Associations
  • Magazines and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Don't forget to notify your friends and family too.
  • Contact utilities (electric, gas, telephone, cable operator, etc.,) to make arrangements for disconnection or transfer. Be sure to have them disconnected after your move-out day.
  • Consider arranging to have a babysitter, friend or family member to watch your kids on the moving day. This will help keep your children occupied and safe during the loading process.
  • Make sure to make any necessary arrangements with building management for your move date. If you are moving into a building there may be restrictions as to when moving can be done, as well as it may be necessary to have an elevator ready for your use. This is the most important part of your moving checklist for apartment.

2 Weeks Before Moving Checklist

  • Finish packing all the items that you don't usually use. Clear and clean your home including closets, basement and attic.
  • Plan meals that will use up the food in your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Properly dispose of flammable or hazardous materials such as fireworks, cleaning fluid, acids, aerosol cans, paint, and car batteries.
  • Drain all the oil and gasoline from your lawn mower and power tools.
  • Make arrangements for transporting your pets.
  • If you are planning to travel by car, have your car serviced. And if moving with auto transport movers there are preparations to make before transporting your vehicles.

1 Week Before Moving Checklist

  • Separate the items that you will be taking with you and mark them with "Do Not Load" labels.
  • Any items that you will need first at your new location should be marked with "Load Last" labels. Specially your beds, make sure the bedding goes into "Load Last".
  • Take a look around the house to be sure you haven't missed anything including any minor repairs.
  • Confirm all travel arrangements (flights, hotel, car rentals).
  • Make sure your mover has the address and phone number where you can be reached.
  • At least 24 hours before you move be sure to empty, clean, and defrost your refrigerator and freezer so that they can properly air out. If you are not sure what to do, check out our guide on safety tips to move your refrigerator.
  • Prepare a "Travel Kit" for moving day. Include items such as snacks, beverages, and games to keep the kids occupied. Be sure to include any toiletries if you are stopping overnight.

Moving Day Checklist

  • Make sure you are available when the movers arrive. Carefully read and review all the details and paperwork when the movers arrive. Accompany the driver as he or she inspects each piece of furniture with tags of identifying number. These numbers along with a detailed description of your goods at the time of loading will appear on the inventory.
  • Provide the driver with clear directions to your new home, provide any new phone numbers, and include any numbers where you can be reached in transit.
  • It is your responsibility to see that all of your belongings are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is completed. To ensure that nothing is left behind always do a final inspection of the premises. Do not sign any releases without completing this inspection.

Moving In Checklist

  • If you are moving long-distance, your interstate mover's driver will contact you at least 24 hours prior to expected arrival time. This allows enough time to locate you and begin preparation for unloading.
  • Be sure you're there when the movers arrive. Plan to stay around while they unload in case they have any questions. If you cannot be there personally, be sure to authorize another person to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.
  • If you are moving into an apartment, add reserving elevators for the move in your apartment moving in checklist.
  • Have payment on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements were made in advance, payment is required upon delivery in cash, traveller's checks, money order or cashier's check. Most of the time Personal checks are not accepted.
  • By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging the receipt of all items listed. Document any loss or damage on the inventory sheet and report this to the moving company representative at the destination, immediately. Make sure you have your reference number when calling the moving company representatives for questions or concerns. You will also be asked to sign the bill of lading and pack/unpack certificate.
  • Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and follow up on any delays.
  • Make sure your phone is connected. Ideally, you should have the Phone Company hook it up the day before "Move-In Day."
  • Confine your pets to an out-of-the-way room to help keep them from running away or becoming agitated by all of the activity.

After Move Checklist

  • Locate your local post office, police station, fire station and hospitals as well as gas stations near your home.
  • Start becoming familiar with your neighbourhood shopping areas. You may require housewares, tools or other items for your new home unexpectedly.
  • Call the department of sanitation in your new home to find out which day the trash is collected and what type of recycling programs are available in your community.
  • Contact your local DMV if you have moved to a different state to exchange your driver's license and register your vehicle.
  • Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history.
  • Contact your new insurance agent to transfer your policies. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value, and your coverage.
  • Get information on schools, libraries, community activities and emergency calling services from your local Chamber of Commerce.

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