Residential Moving Checklist

12  weeks before you move, make sure you have...

• Chosen your mover and signed the acceptance note,
• Sorted through your basement, loft, and garage,
• Resolved what to do with prohibited items,
• Made proper provision(s) for pet(s),
• Decided whether or not you are taking your car.

10 weeks before your move, make sure you have...

• Disposed of the things you don’t want to take.

8 weeks before you move, make sure you have...

• Prepared a list of people who need your change of address,
• Notified banks, locations with savings accounts, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and rental companies of your move,
• Started to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates, and other family documentation,
• Applied for any necessary visas,
• Checked that electric appliances will work in your new home.

6 weeks before you move, make sure you have...

• Separated favorite toys,
• Checked that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date,
• Arranged for mail to be forwarded to your new address,
• Decided whether or not to buy any new household goods.

4 weeks before you move, make sure you have...

• Decided which clothes to travel with,
• Started to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture,
• Agreed on an insurance value and terms with your mover,
• Returned library books,
• Cancelled grocery, newspapers, and magazine deliveries,
• Relocated/taken care of your plants.

7 days before your move, make sure you have...

• Defrosted the refrigerator/freezer,
• Planned simple meals for the moving day, to avoid using appliances,
• Separated luggage items you may need for personal travel,
• Cleaned garden tools, bicycles, and any other gardening equipment,
• Emptied the tanks of powered tools, such as mowers,
• Checked that you have enough medication, if needed, for at least two weeks, and ensure you have copies of any necessary prescriptions for use at your destination,
• Collected travelers’ checks or local currency,
• Arranged for someone to look after your children on the moving day.