There are a lot of things to do and remember when moving. It can be overwhelming and if you do not write it all down beforehand, something is bound to get left behind. One of the best ways to ensure that nothing is forgotten is to create a checklist.
Below is an example of a checklist which starts a couple of months before moving day. This is the ideal time to start, as it allows you plenty of time to get things done, and you are less likely to forget anything.


1. Create a Moving Binder

  • Use this to keep track of everything, including this list. You will add your inventory sheet, your moving company estimates, any papers that need to be given to your children’s new schools, etc.

2. Research

3. Clean up and Clean Out!

  • Go through your home and decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw out. For some great ideas on cleaning out and organizing for a move, check out our blog series, “Organizing Your Home for a Move.”
  • While you are organizing, create an inventory sheet of the unreplaceable and valuable items that are moving with you. As you pack these items, check them off your list.

4. Gather School and Medical Records

  • Go to your children’s school and inform them of your move. Find out what you need to give to the new school and gather it all together in your Moving Binder.
  • Compile medical and dental records, including shots and prescriptions.
    Arrange to have veterinarian records transferred.

5. Contact Insurance Agents

  • Check homeowner’s insurance policy to find out if moving is covered.
  • Inform your auto insurer and get a quote for your new address. Your rate may go up or down, depending on where you live.


1. Contact health clubs or any other groups you belong to. Transfer or cancel your membership

2. Start using up items that cannot be moved

3. Start planning how you will move valuables and delicate items

  • If you are using movers, inform them of any objects that require special attention.

4. Order boxes and moving supplies

  • If you are using movers, they may provide these items at a reasonable cost.

5. Begin packing items that you do not use often

  • Be sure to label all boxes.
  • It is helpful to use a color-coded system- assign a color to each room in your new home and use the corresponding colored markers to label the boxes. This will make unpacking much easier.

6. File a change of address with the post office

  • Contact any companies that send you mail and change the address they have on file for you.


1. Make travel arrangements for your pets

2. Notify all utility services of your move

3. Choose your mover and confirm all arrangements

4. Take measurements at your new home and confirm that large furniture will fit

5. Begin packing in earnest

6. Arrange to take off from work on the necessary day(s)

7. If you are changing banks, open your new account

  • Remove contents from your safe-deposit box.


1. Refill prescriptions

  • If you are changing pharmacies, be sure to inform your doctor and have him transfer your prescriptions.

2. Continue packing

Aim to have your packing complete a few days prior to your move. Pack suitcases for everyone in the house, with clothing and toiletries for the last few days.


1. Contact your mover and confirm all arrangements

2. Empty and Defrost your freezer

  • If it is coming with you, make sure it is clean and empty. Defrost at least 24 hours before moving day.
  • Give away any frozen food that you will not be able to eat before moving day.


1. Double-check your inventory

2. Once the house is empty, do a final walk-through to be sure nothing is left behind.

  • Check cabinets, closets, attics and basements.