Moving Checklist

When you’re planning for a move, keep in mind that almost everything will take longer to do than you expect. The best way to keep on track is to plan ahead and stay organized.

*Main Street Movers can help with any of the steps in bold

8 weeks before your move

  • Pick a mover.
  • Make an inventory of everything you plan on moving.*
  • Decide what goes in the truck, car or trash.
  • Consider where you want to place furniture in your new home.

6 weeks before your move

  • Clean out closets.
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Transfer academic records to the new school.
  • Transfer medical records to your new doctor.

4 weeks before your move

  • Confirm the booking with your moving company.
  • Arrange to have the movers come over two days before moving day, if they are packing for you.
  • Get boxes and packing tape (if you are packing yourself).*
  • Begin packing items you won’t need right away–e.g. out-of-season clothing.
  • Fill out change-of-address cards at the post office.
  • Notify friends, family, the bank and your insurance agent of your new address.
  • Update magazine subscriptions with your new address.
  • Gather important paperwork – birth certificates, passports, medical, dental records, etc.

3 weeks before your move

  • Arrange to have the utilities disconnected a few days after the move.
  • Get the utilities set up at your new residence.
  • Begin packing, room by room.*
  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if you need one.
  • Reserve the freight elevator in your building for moving day.

2 weeks before your move

  • Arrange to move plants and pets.
  • Keep packing.
  • Hire a plumber or electrician to disconnect appliances you plan to move.

1 week before your move

  • Open your new bank accounts if you’re making a long-distance move.
  • Make sure you have enough medication to last through the move.
  • Have your doctor write a new prescription you can fill after you move.
  • Disconnect the appliances being moved.*
  • Drain gas and oil from any power equipment you’ll be moving.
  • Finish packing.*
  • Pack a bag of first-night essentials, including a broom, dustpan, garbage bags and light bulbs.

On moving day

  • Supervise the move
  • Strip beds
  • Ensure that everything gets on the truck