Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist May 6, 2014
Moving in six years ago!

We are moving! After six years in our beloved house, we are moving just three blocks away to another home in our neighborhood that will give us some more room to grow. The decision to move was a tough one, especially because we have wonderful neighbors that have become great friends, but we saw this as a great opportunity for our family and we think that it is a good decision all around.

Our move will happen in late-June, after a couple of weeks of minor renovations on our new house, and I am doing my best to plan ahead so that we can efficiently use our limited window of time! Here are the plans that I have made so far. I would love your input on items that I may be missing – the best advice comes from those who have had experience! Because this is a local move, we will be packing most boxes ourselves and leaving the big furniture items to the professional movers.

To Do, Starting Now:

Finalize a moving company

Finalize dates for contractor and other workers for new house

Pick up packing supplies – boxes of varying sizes, tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers

Declutter – throw away broken items; give away functional but unused items

Pack all non-essentials

Purchase essential items for new house, i.e. refrigerator

Make a list of items that will need to be packed last-minute

Change address with USPS, utility providers, and all accounts and service providers

Make a folder of essential information for the new homeowners

Notify friends and family of move

Pack a box of essentials that will stay with us throughout the move

Empty refrigerator and use pantry items


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  • So happy for you guys! Congrats!!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures of the new place 🙂

  • Bethany

    This will be so exciting for you all as you settle into the new place. I *love* organizing and finding the best way to efficiently use spaces! Wish I could come help you!! I think your list above looks pretty complete, but I imagine little details/sub-points will come up as you get closer. Friends of ours who have moved recently talk about labeling boxes well to prevent confusion in the move. If you know box specifics, you can more easily arrange and unpack! Just a thought. Good luck!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    You may need to set up a plumber for your fridge/washer/dryer.

    I also recommend labeling boxes and keep a list with a # and the room to which each it going.

  • Katrina

    Yes, labeling will be so important, thank you for that tip! I need to find a good system for labeling so that unpacking isn’t too difficult.
    Texas Mommy, I hadn’t thought about the plumber, thanks for that! I need to think about other service people that I might need to have prior to moving in….

  • Mary

    Electrical tape or even the fun colored duct tape works great for labeling boxes. Choose a color for each room-let the kids pick their colors and they can even be in charge of labeling their boxes. It also gives them a job to do on moving day-they can have a chart with the colors and shout out which room boxes need to go in as they come off the truck. It’s easier to quickly see a color then read a label. Put a paper on each door that indicates what color boxes go in that room. When you’re labeling, think about where the box will go in your new home-it might not be in the same place it is now. I also tend to put everything I’m not sure about in the garage. Essentials in the house have to get unpacked first-once you get through that, you can figure out where out of season clothes, holiday decorations, etc go. You can always park the cars in the driveway until you get the garage organized. In general my strategy for unpacking is to get everything out of boxes as quickly as possible-you can always go back and reorganize later, but living in a sea of boxes is no fun. Kitchen and a space for kids to play/escape are my first priorities (besides obviously getting beds put together/made (oh and definitely keep a set of sheets/pillows separate so it’s very easy to get those beds made that first night).

    Make a floor plan of the house so you can decide where you want the furniture to go. Much easier to put things down once! I usually draw a rough diagram for each room and hang it on the door, that way movers know exactly what to do.

    Always really nice to have drinks and snacks for the movers (and for you also). We’ve moved 9 times in 11 years so I’ve got the moving gig down pat at this point! =) Good luck!!

  • Elaine

    What I did was make a list then ignore it and knit a blanket for my new baby. Magically, a lot of boxes still got packed by the packing fairy. I think the fairy’s name was Jason. 🙂 Kidding! I helped, I promise! We actually made a spread sheet and listed all items in each room in order of what can be packed early and what needs to wait until the last minute. And I called all utilites a few weeks ahead to get that out of the way. Your list reminded me to make an essential info. list for our buyers. Thanks! Now back to knitting the blanket; my goal is to finish it before we move in 7 days. ha

  • Thea

    The best thing you can do is relax and avoid being in a rush.