Moving? Get a free moving quote from Allconnect and use this handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything!
- Schedule the mover or reserve a moving truck or pods early. This gives you time to research companies and ensures you are not stuck with a truck that is too small for your needs.
- If you’re moving across country, find out how long it will take for your belongings to be delivered. And, ask if there are any discounts. For example, it may be cheaper to ship two or three storage pods at the same time rather than separately.
- Consider costs early. Find out how much it will cost to move large items, like washers and dryers. It may make more sense to sell them and buy new ones when you arrive at your new home.
- Go through closets and storage spaces — as well as each room in your home. Sell or donate items that you don’t need.
- Go green with your packing materials — request boxes from local retailers or www.usedcardboardboxes.com.
- Make notes on each box about what is in each box. (Kitchen: blender, plates, mixing bowls.) Otherwise you’ll be searching all 5 “kitchen” boxes to find a spoon.
- Pack one box with the essentials for surviving the first night: clean bed linens and towels, soap, toilet tissue, and paper towels. Include essential toiletries in the box or in a suitcase for easy access.
- Pack cleaning supplies to clean your new home in a box that you can find quickly. Include items for cleaning bathrooms, as well as the kitchen. You should also pack trash bags, scissors, brooms, and mops for easy access.
- Put these important boxes in the moving truck last so that you can access them first.
- Pack a box of snacks and drinks. If you’ll need coffee the first morning, pack the coffee and coffee pot in this box as well. Aspirin and a first aid kit might come in handy, as well.
Good to Know
- If you’re moving a freezer, you need to defrost it before the move.
- You need to drain the oil and gas from lawn mowers, blowers, other lawn equipment, and recreational vehicles before you can ship them
Before Move Details
- Notify the Post Office of your change of address.
- Email friends and business associates your new contact information.
- Set up a bank account in the new town and transfer your safe deposit box.
- Contact the new utility providers and specify the date you want the water, gas, and electricity turned on.
- Check with your insurance company to ensure your possessions are covered while in transit. Find out what the moving company covers. Get it in writing.
- If you are moving too far away, close memberships at your local gym. Many require 30 days’ notice — in writing.
- Arrange to have prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy — and fill any prescriptions you’ll need during the move.
Last Minute Details
- Contact utility companies to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at your old address.
- Ask a neighbor or the new homebuyer to mark mail “Forward to [new address]” in case the Post Office does not forward everything.
- Real Simple’s “12 Steps to Hiring a Mover” includes tips to save money and avoid scams.
- HGTV offers advice for moving delicate plants.
- If you need to store your possessions for a while, read How to Choose a Self-Storage Unit and How to Pack Everything in Your Self-Storage Unit
Allconnect can assist with your move by offering free mover quotes, an online change of address form, and help transfer your essential home services. You can also compare utilities and home services available at your new address to make sure you are getting the best deal. See moving tips to help during the move.