Moving to a new home can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Whether you’re upgrading to a larger space, downsizing, or relocating to a new city, the process of moving can be made significantly smoother with proper planning and organization. We have put together the ultimate moving checklist to help ensure that your moving day is as stress-free and efficient as possible.
TIP: Print this page and check off items as they’re completed.
Before Moving Day
Create a Moving Binder: Start by organizing all essential documents, such as leases, contracts, and receipts, in a dedicated binder or digital folder.
Inventory Your Belongings: Make a detailed list of all your possessions, noting their condition. This will be invaluable for insurance purposes and helps you keep track of everything.
Declutter: Take this opportunity to downsize by donating or selling items you no longer need. This will make your move more manageable and cost-effective.
Hire Movers or Rent a Truck: Decide whether you’ll hire professional movers or rent a truck for a DIY move. Make reservations well in advance.
Gather Packing Supplies: Stock up on boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and markers for labeling.
Notify Important Parties: Inform your current and future utility providers, post office, and relevant institutions of your upcoming move.
Pack Room by Room: Start packing early, one room at a time. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to.
Use Wardrobe Boxes: Invest in wardrobe boxes to make transporting your clothes more convenient.
Pack Essentials Separately: Pack a “first-night” box with essentials like toiletries, clothes, and important documents to avoid rummaging through boxes on the first night in your new home.
Take Inventory: Double-check your inventory list before loading items onto the truck.
Protect Floors and Walls: Use floor runners and padding to protect your floors and walls during the move.
Supervise the Loading: If using professional movers, supervise the loading process to ensure your items are handled with care.
Lock Up Your Old Home: Make sure all doors and windows are locked before leaving your old residence.
Inspect for Damage: As your items are unloaded, inspect them for any damage or missing items. Document any issues.
Unpack Essentials First: Start with your “first-night” box and essentials like bedding and kitchen items.
Utilities and Services: Arrange for utilities and services like internet and cable to be set up in your new home.
After Moving In
Update Your Address: Notify banks, employers, friends, and family of your new address.
Explore Your New Neighborhood: Take some time to explore your new neighborhood and locate essential services like grocery stores, medical facilities, and schools.
By following this comprehensive moving checklist, you can reduce the stress associated with moving and ensure a smoother transition into your new home. Whether you’re moving into one of our rental properties or elsewhere, we hope this guide helps make your moving day as easy and enjoyable as possible. Good luck with your move!