Moving Checklist
Whether you are planing to move yourself or hire full service moving company in our site you will find plenty of helpful moving information about reserving your move, ordering moving boxes, packing and organizing your belongings.
We understand how stressful moving can be that is why we are offering plenty of moving advices, based on our extensive experience, to help you organize your move properly and swiftly so you can have stress less and happy moving day.
We recommend to create moving checklist 4 weeks in advance with this comprehensive checklist to help you stay on track.
  • Create a "move file" to keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information.
  • Check with the IRS for possible tax deductions – including moving expenses.
  • Budget for moving expencies and start collecting estimates.
  • Read up on moving tips and topics at Best Way Moving.
  • Start researching your new community. The Internet is a great resource for finding online community guides and newspapers.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce to request their new resident packet.
  • Draw out a floor plan of your new home and start deciding which function each room will serve. Begin planning how to move into your new home.
  • Begin researching auto shiping companies if you are planing to ship your Car, RV, Bike, ATV or any big piece of vehicle.
  • Start compiling medical and dental records - including prescriptions and shot records. Ask your doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new city.
  • Arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district and/or daycare.
  • Get copies of any legal and financial records you need.
  • Arrange for veterinarian records to be transferred.
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies for changing states. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
  • Contact health clubs or other organizations you have joined. Ask how to move, sell, or end your membership.
  • Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you.
  • Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses to notify of your move.
  • Work your way through each room taking inventory and deciding what to donate or sale. Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities.
  • Subscribe to the newspaper in your new hometown to start learning about events and the local culture.
  • Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies.
  • Begin packing items you don't use often. Also start separating and disposing of the items you've designated for a yard sale, donation or the junk yard. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes. 
  • Plan for short-term or long-term storage at destination if needed.
  • Plan ahead for parking the Moving Truck or Trailer. Keep in mind that Moving trucks require a 14 foot overhead clearance. You should contact your property manager or local authorities to ensure you will be complying with any parking restrictions.
  • File a change of address with the Postal Service. If you are unsure of your new address, ask the postal service to hold your mail at their office in your new city.
  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the water or gas company, request your refund.
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets. Don’t forget to include necessary medical and immunization records.
  • Advertise and host your garage sale.
  • Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription.
  • Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up. Also retrieve any items out on loan.
  • Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away. Remember plants are not recomended to move in truck/trailer.
  • If you are moving into or out of an apartment , arrange to use the elevator on your moving day.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
  • Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family. 
  • Notify any creditors of your move. 
  • Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.
  • Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home.
  • Contact your Movers to confirm a time of
    arrival one or two business days before your move.
  • Designate several moving boxes and items as last load items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbed.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day. Preapre all appliances for loading.
  • Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks.
  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day.