Moving can be overwhelming. So many things to keep in mind throughout the whole process. We decided to compiled a list of the most common things to do before-during and after the move. Feel free to favorite this page or print it out.
Get familiar with the neighborhood. This is the perfect time to research schools if you have children, grocery stores, public buildings, banks, etc… Last thing you want to do is get to your new home and have no idea where anything is!
If you are doing the move yourself, start looking for moving supplies and truck rentals. Many online retailers have lengthy shipping times.
Notify your job, family and friends about the move. Moving can be a bit overwhelming. Your job may be able to transfer you to a closer branch at your new location or give you time off if you are staying local. You don’t want to forget friends, and texting them 1 by 1 may take a lot of time off your hands. We suggest making a social media post to notify those close ones about the move.
Notify schools of your move if you have children and start the enrolment process with the new school. This should give you plenty of time in case you need any extra documents in case the new school asks for it.
Contact your home & auto insurance. Especially for state to state moves. The price you are paying at your current home will not be the exact amount at your new location.
Declutter as much as possible. If items are in good condition hold a garage sale, list items on ebay or donate any possessions you are not planning on taking to your new home. Call your local salvation army or goodwill to schedule a pickup for any donations you cannot take to them.
Check your subscriptions. Many of us have food delivery services, magazine or newspaper subscriptions, gym memberships or medical prescriptions. Make sure these can be transferred to the new address or cancel anything before the renewal kicks in.
Plan out your travel: You need to take into consideration driving distances. If you are using a moving company, ask their vehicle delivery methods, that way you can have the option to fly to your new destination instead of taking a strenuous trip that may stress out your family and pets. If you are driving, it’s important to be up to date with your vehicles paperwork and maintenance.
Service your vehicle: We can’t stress this enough. Picking up supplies, selling unwanted items, grocery trips etc.. can add the last few miles of your vehicle’s maintenance period. You do not want to get to your new location and have a breakdown or even worse, get stranded on the way there. Make sure tires, brakes, oil, AC/Heat are all working properly before taking off to your new destination.
Start packing: Slowly but surely wins the race. Start filling up boxes with things you are not going to need. A good place to start is Christmas decorations or summer clothes (depending on the season) and as the moving date gets closer you will have made huge progress on your packing. At Assertive Moving, we have free printable moving labels you can tape on each box to organize your move better.
Inspect your home and make necessary repairs. Holes on the wall, leaky faucets, broken windows or dirty carpets may compromise your security deposit. Get a handyman for those repairs. It may also be a good idea to paint if the walls show signs of deterioration.
Clean your home. Once you are finished with any repairs, start cleaning the house. Key areas landlords look for are kitchen sinks, bathtubs, carpets and floors. Even if you are not renting, it’s a good custom to leave your place clean for the next tenant/owners.
If you are renting, bring your landlord in for final inspection. We already covered repairs and cleaned up. Everything should be in good enough condition to grant your deposit back. In case they have a complaint, you should have enough time to repair/clean.
Clean your fridge. If it’s a short move, you can grab a cooler and ice and keep your food fresh for moving day. You can also donate any food to save space. Long distance moves are a bit tricky. We suggest you shop light for these next couple of days as you do not want to waste money on food that you have to dispose of.
Pack an essentials box: Have a box with a toothbrush, 3 clean outfits, paper plates, cups, your work computer and important paperwork. This is the box you can take with you to a hotel if needed or that will be traveling with you. Truck breakdowns, key delays and weather emergencies happen. Don’t get caught off guard.
Finish packing: You should have 95% of everything packed and ready to go 3-5 days before the move. You do not want to scramble last second and be in the need of boxes or tape. Make sure all rooms are packed and ready, your clothes, kitchen and bathroom items are packed up.
Prep your meals for moving day. A few frozen meals go a long way, we recommend you have at least 2 meals ready per family member. Pack plenty of protein bars and snacks, as they can come in handy. Pack these meals in the essentials box on moving day.
Moving truck spot: Make sure you secure a spot for the moving truck. Short trips will make the smooth easier for your movers and will minimize the odds of losing any items or dropping any of your belongings.
Breakfast and Essentials: Have a nutritious breakfast as moving day can get hectic. Have coffee at hand to get that extra boost of energy. Water bottles are a must to stay hydrated. Make sure you always know where your essentials box is at all times.
Take inventory: Count of your bedrooms, and your total amount of boxes, furniture and appliances. Inspect them and take pictures. This way if something is damaged you can prove it to the moving company.
Final house walkthrough: Take a final trip all over the house, check bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, basement, attic, kitchen, living room, garage and even the shed to make sure you aren’t leaving anything behind.
Hand over Keys: Once you no longer need to access the place, give the keys to your landlord or make arrangements with the new owners to hand them over.
Furniture In the new location: If you hired movers, let them know where you want the furniture and boxes. Having the whole move placed in one room is not ideal. As your movers are unloading, having a plan to designate your belongings throughout the house will save you lots of time unpacking.
Tip your movers. Although it’s not required, it’s a nice gesture to reward them if they did a great job.
Unpack: Might seem obvious, but patience is key. Unload important items first like beds and clothes. Ornaments and decorations can wait. Don’t overwork yourself and injuries are most common when you are tired.
Clean the new house: Again, Don’t want to jam all these tasks all at once, but this is a great opportunity to get a thorough cleaning before final item placement. Sanitize all surfaces specially kitchen and bathroom, vacuum, mop, clean cabinets and walls.
If Renting: Do a walkthrough and take pictures of anything you are uncertain of and mention it to your new landlord ASAP. These pictures will come in handy when it’s time to get your deposit back.
Driving License and Mail: Make sure you update your drivers license. If it’s the same state, you might only need to update it, if it’s a different state, you may need to get a new one issued by the state. Make sure your mail is getting to you as previously mentioned, if not take a trip to the post office and double check with them.
Utilities, Cable and Internet. These should all be issued to your name. These will help you with any bank address changes or proof of address you need to make.
Change locks: Optional, but reasonable. You don’t know how many copies of your house keys are around. To avoid unwanted guests, we suggest changing locks and perhaps even ordering a RING doorbell to keep an eye of any traffic at your doorstep.
Rate your movers: Rating your movers will help their business tremendously if they did a good job, as well as to help others know about your experience.