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3 Apr

Moving Checklist


Posted by: David Lloyd

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  • Book a moving company
  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved
  • Donate any unwanted clothing or furniture
  • Book the moving elevator and confirm parking arrangement for truck
  • Contact your insurance company to transfer policies (life, homeowners)
  • Review Tax deductions on moving expenses
  • Request change of address kit from post-office
  • Prepare a list of friends, business firms and personal accounts who should be notified of your upcoming move

Arrange cut-off/activation dates for utility companies:

  • Telephone
  • Cable
  • Gas/Electricity/Water
  • Internet


  • Purchase any moving supplies
  • Make an appointment with a service technician to prepare major appliances for shipment (i.e. plumber, electrician)
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned and leave wrapped when returned
  • Obtain written appraisal of antique items to verify value

Make a plan to dispose of flammables that can’t be transported:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Ammunition ????
  • Fireworks
  • Household Liquids
  • Oil Cans/Paint/Thinner
  • Propane Tanks


  • Check furniture for dents and scratches
  • Label items you need to access easily
  • Clean out the refrigerator/plan to defrost and dry day before the move
  • Drain equipment: water hoses, propane tank, gas/oil lawnmowers
  • Schedule to have utilities turned on at your new home
  • Make a plan to transport house plants
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family


  • Designate boxes and items as “last load” items
  • All loose items are packed into boxes with the top closed
  • All electronics are unplugged from a power source. Plasma TVs should be unplugged the day before so they are at room temperature on move day.
  • All pictures are removed from the walls
  • All boxes are labeled with their destination room in your new home on the top and sides of each box
  • All heavy and breakable items are removed from dressers and desks
  • All contents are removed from appliances
  • All items are removed from the top of furniture
  • All linens are removed from beds
  • All rooms, closets, cabinets have been checked
  • Disassemble bedroom sets to save time

Prepare an essentials box:

  • Toilet Paper (unopened)
  • Snacks/Coffee (instant)
  • Scissors/Pocket Knife
  • Garbage Bags
  • Change of Clothes
  • Dish Soap and Towel
  • Pet Food and Dish
  • Flashlight
  • Portable Tool Kit
  • Towels
  • All-Purpose Cleaner (unopened)
  • Mug/Plate/Cutlery
  • Shower Curtain
  • Important Records/Documents

Before you leave the house:

  • Water shut off
  • A/C shut off
  • Lights turned off
  • Windows shut and locked
  • Surrender house keys
  • Check for items left behind