Setting Up Home: Moving Checklist

I recently helped a couple of friends move, and I showed up expecting to load up the van. Instead I showed up to a house that hadn't been packed up yet, and it occurred to me that you always think moving will take less time than it really does. The summer is the most popular time of the year for moving, and if you are planning a move, the sooner you start planning the better. Stay ahead of the curve with our handy checklist.

One Month Before


  • Start the purge: It is never too early to start clearing out the clutter that builds up and the longer that you live in a place, the more clutter there is. To make it less overwhelming, just take it one room at a time.

  • Order Moving Supplies: Boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and markers can add up cost wise, but if you order ahead of time from a place like U-Line, you can save money.

  • Inventory and Insure Valuables: Sometimes we put tasks like these on the back burner, but now is the time to take inventory of your valuables and make sure they are properly insured.

  • Utilities: Contact your utilities to arrange cancellation and setup of new utilities.

  • Records: Obtain school and medical records if moving far away and/or changing schools.


Two Weeks Before

  • Hold a Garage Sale: The closer to the move that you wait, the more you might have to sell, and a little extra cash can help offset the moving costs.

  • Fill out change of address forms at the local post office or online at USPS.

  • Update newspaper and magazine subscriptions.


One Week Before

  • Packing: Finish packing up boxes so there aren't any all-nighters before the move.

  • Arrange payments with moving company.

  • Pack your suitcases with anything crucial, such as clothes and toiletries, for the first few days of the move.

  • Print out maps and directions for movers.


Moving Day

  • Keep your movers happy with refreshments (especially if your movers are your friends).

  • Accompany the movers as they inventory your items.

  • Sign the bill of landing and make sure the details are correct and keep a copy.

  • Finally, before leaving your old place, make sure doors and windows are locked and the lights and thermostat are turned off.


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Claire is a California native living in London who loves discovering the city with her husband and French bulldog Watson. With a background in photography and interior design, her current creative obsessions include sewing, printmaking, and anything neon.

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