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Last update: 01.24.2019
From hiring movers or renting trucks to scheduling disconnects of utilities, it’s no wonder that something is often forgotten in the process.
To help you better remember all of the important tasks you need to do we’ve compiled the below moving checklists. These cover planning, packing, moving day, and delivery day.
There’s a lot that goes into choosing a mover. You’ll want to make sure you:
Start building a list of movers by asking for recommendations from neighbors, friends, and relatives.
Look up each mover on the Better Business Bureau’s website to see if there are any complaints or negative comments.
Check to make sure any interstate mover is registered with FMCSA, and has a USDOT number. Ensure the movers are adequately insured.
Using the above information, obtain estimates from at least three movers. For an accurate estimate, your movers should come in person to walk through your current residence with you. They will ask you what you will be moving and what will not be moved.
Obtain the booklet ‘Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move’ from any mover you request a quote from.
Make sure your quotes include the following information: (1) the mover's responsibilities for damages that may occur to your belongings, (2) information on the mover’s dispute settlement program, if applicable, (3) how and when pickup and delivery of your property will occur, (4) contact information for before, during, and after the move.
Ensure your belongings are adequately insured.
Tip: Many reputable movers do not ask for a deposit. Beware of any mover who does.
Contact the previous residents/owners for special instructions, utility companies/account numbers, internet/cable providers.
Take measurements of your new home. If you can’t access the space, ask the previous residents/owners if they can assist.
If renting, end your rental contract with your landlord or management company.
Obtain insurance on your new residence.
Schedule the utilities to be disconnected at your current residence and set up new accounts for your new residence.
Update your address with the USPS. If applicable, notify the below of your new address.
As you pack, toss. Clear out unused or unwanted items.
Before buying packing materials, use what you have. Use bedding to wrap fragile items. Instead of buying a wardrobe box, use a garbage bag. Snip a hole in the top to thread your hangers through, and tie the bottom.
Rent moving boxes when you’ve exhausted your other packing options.
Rent storage for any items that you don’t want to part with, but can’t comfortably fit in your new residence.
Take large items apart for easy moving and storage.
Remember to pack a go bag with everything you’ll need on the first night in your new home (think toothbrush and toiletries, chargers, sheets, etc.).
As part of your packing process, be sure to start cleaning out your freezer and refrigerator.
One of the last items you may want to pack (or dispose of) are your window treatments.
Remember to keep important documents separate and handy.
When it comes to any whole house technology you may be leaving behind for the new residents, remember to log out and reset the tech.
When it comes to any whole house tech you are taking with you, reset any robo-vacs, thermostats, mesh wireless networks, etc. so they perform optimally in your new home.
Arrange childcare for small children on moving day.
Make sure pets are safe and secure on moving day.
Ensure you have cash on hand to tip your movers.
Have a fully charged phone.
Have a cooler packed with water and snacks.
Make sure you are there to answer questions and give directions to the movers. Stay until they finish.
Accompany the movers as they inventory your household goods and make sure they correctly record the condition of materials being moved.
Carefully read all documents provided by the moving company before you sign them.
Keep the bill of lading until your goods are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
Before the movers leave, take one final look throughout the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
Let the driver and the moving company know how you can be reached during the move.
Leave out some cleaning supplies, and then clean up before you leave.
Note all meter readings.
Shut off power and gas supply.
Return keys to the landlord.
Arrange childcare for small children on delivery day.
Make sure pets are safe and secure on delivery day.
Make sure to have cash on hand to tip your movers.
Get there early and start childproofing if needed (see below for childproofing tips) and cleaning the new place.
Be present to answer any questions the movers may have and to give directions.
Pay the driver, according to the terms of your agreement, before your goods are unloaded.
Supervise unloading and unpacking of your goods.
Childproofing Tips When Moving into Your New Home
Get prepared before you move. To quickly child-proof your new home, start before you move. Pack and clearly label a box with the items you’ll need right away, including outlet protectors, baby gates, toilet and cabinet locks, and doorknob locks. Have this box handy before or right when the movers arrive.
Create a separate space for unpacking materials like box cutters, scissors, and plastic wrap so children cannot get to them.
Gate off any areas that aren’t secured yet.
Cover up outlets right away. If you don’t have enough outlet covers, focus on the outlets at your kids’ level and in rooms they’ll be in most often until you get more.
Check the windows, ensuring they have screens. If the window blinds have long hanging cords, tie them up and far out of reach.
Don’t keep your boxes stacked high.
Tackle the kitchen, one of the rooms with the most potential hazards.
Bathrooms also contain many hazards. Install cabinet locks on any cabinets you’re using to store bathing products, cleaning products, or sharp objects. Keep medications in original containers. Cap your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be on the lookout for potential hazards, such as long stretches of ripped-off packing tape on the floor or loose screws. Get on your hands and knees to search for things like packing peanuts.
While this list may not contain every single thing you need to do or take care of while moving, it’s a great guide. GOOD LUCK!
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