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The Mover’s Checklist – 7 Must-Do Items

Essential Tips on How to Prepare for a Move

May 16, 2017

Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, relocating can be a stressful event for you and your family. However, you can better prepare yourself for your move by breaking it down into steps and making sure that nothing falls between the cracks, which in turn will help to relieve your stress.

Don’t get lost in the chaos of packing. Let us help guide you with the following tips to ensure a smooth moving process for your family.

1. Get Started Early

Your move may seem a long time away, but it will be here before you know it. Start the process of preparing for your move two to three months ahead. Taking a few hours each week to get some key tasks related to your move out of the way will save you the stress of having to get everything done at the last minute.

Here are some important tasks that you can check off your list well in advance of your move:

  • Hire Your Movers: Start collecting your friends’ referrals, reading Yelp reviews, and researching the Better Business Bureau to find a mover that meets your needs.

  • Clean House: It’s time to finally donate those clothes that you never wear. You may also want to consider trying to sell that old living room set. Start fresh in your new home by removing all of the clutter.

  • Schedule Your Appointments: Moving far away? Schedule your final visit with doctors, dentists, hair stylists, and other professionals you rely upon in your personal life. It’s may take a while to find equivalents in your new location. In the case of your medical appointments, checking this to-do item off your list will ensure that you are up to date with your checkups and give you an opportunity to request any records.

2. Update Your Address

You’ve closed on a new home or signed a lease for your apartment, and you are ready to go. Now it’s time to let everyone know from the post office to your family. Don’t forget to make these key updates:

  • Mail Call: Fill out a Change of Address form with USPS. You can set the date to begin forwarding your mail, so get this out of the way early.

  • Banking: Update your account information with all of your financial institutions so that they have your current address. If you are installing a new home phone, be sure to update it with your new number as well. This will help to ensure that you never miss a bank statement or credit card bill during the chaos of your move.

  • Delivery: Now is the time to update or pause all of your auto deliveries from Amazon, meal prep companies, online clothing retailers, and others that send you timed recurring shipments.

  • Update the Family: Make sure those birthday cards arrive at the right address. Email your new address and other contact information to close friends and family so that they can update their records.

3. Set Up Your Utilities

Is now the time to pull the plug on cable? Are you going to add a phone line to your new home? Honing in on what utilities you want at your new home is crucial. If you are moving outside your current area, there may be several television or Internet providers for you to research before making a final decision.

Get everything set up so that you have running water, electricity, and Internet access ready to welcome you to your new place.

Avoid paying for services you aren’t using by contacting all of your current local utility companies to cancel your current service.

4. Start Measuring

Your new place is perfect! Great lighting, an amazing kitchen, lots of closet space – but can your 10-person dining room table really fit in your new dining room? Find out whether you can visit the property or get a copy of its layout with all of the rooms’ measurements. This can help you decide where everything is going to go in your new home.

Knowing where each of your items is going will also help you with your movers and packing. Labeling each box and piece of furniture with its room name can help ensure that the movers put the boxes in their intended locations.  

5. Put Aside Items You Can’t Live Without

There are certain items that you might not want movers to box up for you. Anything that would be difficult or impossible to replace, whether your passport or your grandmother’s necklace, should be put in a separate box and set aside.

Keep this box with you if you are driving to your new home. If the trek is a little longer, ask the movers to pack that box last into the truck so you can makes sure that it is the first box that is removed from the truck when you get to your new home.

6. Pack an Overnight Bag

Moving into your new home can be a long process. Prepare for your move by packing a bag of essential items that you will need for three to five days.

Ideally you would be able to unpack everything within the first two days of moving into your new home. In reality, your moving truck may be delayed, a box may go missing, or you may be too exhausted from moving to get much done in such a short amount of time. The further you move, the more those risks increase.

Surviving on delivery pizza may be an option for the first night, but you should be prepared for whatever moving may throw your way. Pack a few days’ worth of clothing, toiletries (including toilet paper!), snacks, bottles of water, and some key kitchen items in your overnight bag.

 7. Save Your Receipts

If you’re moving for work, one essential item on your moving checklist should be to save all receipts. The IRS may allow you to deduct your moving expenses if your company isn’t covering the costs.

To qualify for deductions:

  • Your workplace must be 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was. If you were unemployed, the workplace must be 50 miles from your old home.
  • You must work full-time for at least 39 weeks following your arrival in the general area during the first 12 months following your move. [i]

Looking for more ways to improve your move? Download the Moving Checklist from Bank of Internet USA to make sure you’re not missing anything.


[i] “Topic 455 – Moving Expenses” APR 14, 2017

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