Plan Your Move: 2 Month Checklist

(August 23, 2016 )

Moving is less of a chore when you break down the tasks and plan ahead. Knowing when to get things done - and in what order - will make the whole process go more smoothly and help put your mind at ease.

Use this guide below to make your move less stressful for everyone involved!



2 MONTHS AHEAD:
  • Research moving companies - make yourself aware of all the options
  • Sort and purge the house room by room
  • Hold a garage sale to declutter
  • Check your lease (if applicable)
  • Create a moving binder for receipts, estimates, etc.

6 WEEKS AHEAD

  • Start collecting and/or ordering moving supplies
  • Being using things up that you don’t want to move - freezer foods, paper products, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Book movers

1 MONTH AHEAD:

  • Start packing - label and number the boxes as you go and start with the items that you don’t use often
  • Notify utilities, banks and subscriptions of the move
  • Keep valuables separate and plan to move them yourself
  • File a change of address

2 WEEKS AHEAD:

  • Donate, recycle and throw out anything you no longer want
  • Confirm with the moving company
  • Set aside, in an empty closet, things you will need for the final clean

1 WEEK AHEAD:

  • Schedule disconnects for gas, electric, water and phone and schedule new connections
  • Book move-out cleaners (if using)
  • Finish up most of the packing

FEW DAYS AHEAD:

  • Defrost the freezer
  • Double-check all details
  • Plan for payment of movers, cleaners, etc. (don’t forget about the tips)
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you'll need the first day in your new home

MOVING DAY:
  • Take inventory before the movers leave
  • Double check the entire home - don’t forget all closets and cabinets
  • Clean the house - appliances too!
  • Collect all keys and keep them in a safe place