Smooth Sailing: A Complete Moving Checklist and Helpful Tips.

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Moving, it is such an exciting adventure and yet it can also be so daunting.  I have moved over twenty times in my life. I’ve moved across town, across stateliness, and even across the country. No matter the distance of the move, it is always hard.  But the good news is regardless of the distance my moving checklist remains mostly the same. Yes, there will also be some last-minute fire drills and every move is a little different, but I have found if you plan, prepare, and anticipate the needs for your move, it will make it so much smoother! Since I am getting pretty good at this, I am sharing my moving checklist and tips below: 

Here’s a moving checklist that includes tasks to complete before, during, and after your move:

Moving Checklist – Before:

  1. Start early: Begin this process as well in advance as possible. 
  2. Declutter before packing: Take this opportunity to get rid of items you no longer need or use. Donate, sell, or discard. This will help reduce the overall moving workload and make unpacking easier.
  3. Set up Moving Services: Research and hire a reputable moving company, schedule a rental truck if you plan to move yourself, or opt for moving containers. I have had a great experience with UPACK for our moves.
  4. Start Packing:
    • Pack non-essential items early 
    • Use proper packing materials: Invest in sturdy moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper to ensure your belongings are well protected during transportation. Avoid overpacking boxes to prevent them from becoming too heavy and potentially breaking.
    • Label boxes: Clearly label each moving box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This makes it easier for the movers to place the boxes in the correct rooms, and it helps you during the unpacking process.
    • Take photos of electronic setups: Before unplugging any electronic devices, take a photo of the cords and connections to remember how each device should be set up in your new home. This will save you time and hassle during the unpacking and setup process.
  5. Notify important parties about your upcoming move: including utilities, insurance providers, your work, and the post office.
  6. Arrange for utilities to be set up at your new home before you move in. Also, reserve elevators if you’re moving into an apartment building and acquire necessary parking permits if required.
  7. Plan: for the transportation of pets and plants if applicable.
  8. Arrange: for childcare or pet care on a moving day.

Here are some of my favorite moving supplies:

Vacuum Seal Bags
packing paperS
tv or art box
moving totes
moving labels

 Moving Checklist – During :

  1. Pack a moving-day essentials bag or box: with essential items that you’ll need immediate access to on the day of the move, like toiletries, a change of clothes, phone chargers, tools, and any necessary medications. This way, you won’t have to dig through boxes to find these essentials. 
  2. Keep all important documents and valuables with you. You will want to transport these items yourself. Some of these items may include:
    •  Jewerly
    • Birth certificates
    • Financial records
    • Home mortgage information
    • Legal papers
    • Medical records
    • Medication
  3. Clean your current home as items are moved out. Or hiring a cleaning company to come in and clean after you are out. 
  4. Conduct a final walkthrough to ensure nothing is overlooked, double check all drawers, cabinets, closets, etc.

Moving Checklist – After:

  1. Inspect: your new home for any damages and document them to inform your landlord or moving company if necessary.
  2. Unpack: set up essential items first (bed, kitchen, bathroom).
  3. Change your address: with the postal service and update it with key organizations like banks, credit card companies, and subscriptions.
  4. Update: your driver’s license, car registration, and voter registration with your new address.
  5. Register: your children in new schools if applicable.
  6. Find: local service providers such as doctors, dentists, and mechanics.
  7. Familiarize: yourself with nearby amenities like grocery stores, parks, and emergency services.
  8. Start: updating your address with family and friends.
  9. Don’t forget: to update any reoccurring subscriptions with your new address! 
  10. Most importantly, enjoy your new space!

Moving will always be stressful but if you plan, prepare, and anticipate it will help your move go smoother and allow you to enjoy the process a bit more. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether from professional movers, family or friends, or a cleaning crew, a little bit of help can go a long way. Remember the key is starting early, staying organized, and embracing the new advance.