Moving Checklist

Moving is difficult for one simple reason – there’s a lot to do and a lot to take care of. So, what can you do? The answer, quite simply, is to stay organized. One way to do this is by creating a checklist of all the things you’ll need to do before, during, and after your move. To help you out, we’ve created one for you:


  • This is the time to start getting rid of the things you don’t really need – those old t shirts you haven’t worn in 10 years, books you haven’t read or don’t plan on reading again, art you never plan to hang – and either throw them out or find them a new home (e.g. donate your unwanted books to the library).
  • Start doing some research on how you want to move. Do you want to rent a truck? Hire a mover? Some third option? Assuming you want to hire a mover, here are some things you should start doing at 8 weeks.
    • Do some research on moving companies to consider (ask friends, look online etc.).
    • Check to make sure the movers you are considering are licensed and insured where applicable. Never used an unlicensed and uninsured mover.
    • Find out if the mover will do an on-site estimate as well as provide you with a written estimate. These things help ensure an accurate quote and are signs of a reputable mover.
  • Keep your papers organized. Written estimates, receipts, lists etc. should be kept in a safe and easily accessible place (like a binger or folder).

  • It’s time to book your mover. Make sure they are licensed and insure, provide you with a written estimate, and give you a sense that they can be trusted (doing some research online to check reviews never hurts). Read over everything you sign and make sure to get a copy of the signed
    contract. It’s also worthwhile to ask you mover what type of insurance they provide and if additional coverage is available to purchase.
  • Start collecting/buying moving supplies. Check around your house first to see if you have anything you can use before spending money on supplies. For example, old Amazon package boxes can be repurposed as moving boxes. You can also ask your friends/family if they have any leftover moving materials from their last move.
  • Will your stuff fit in your new home? Make sure to take measurements of the space you are moving into to ensure that all your big furniture will fit. You don’t want to show up with your movers only to find that your couch won’t fit through the door.
  • Get your accounts and records in order:
    • Speak to your doctor about getting copies of your records.
    • Speak to your insurance company (like home and auto) and see if you need to change or add to your policy.
    • Cancel local memberships (e.g. the gym)

  • You should start thinking about what you plan to do with the more delicate items you own – things like plants, dangerous/poisonous chemicals, and flammable items all need to be moved with extra care. Speak to a mover about the best way to move these things.
  • Make sure to let your employer know that you will need off on the day of your move.
  • If there are improvements you want to make to your new home, you can start on them now – like changing the locks, painting, and replacing the carpets.
  • Make sure your own personal travel arrangements are all set such as booking a flight to your new city.
  • Make sure your new home is scheduled to have the utilities turned (gas, electric, cable etc.).
  • Don’t overbuy on groceries – you don’t want a lot of perishable food in your refrigerator come moving day.
  • If you need to make any changes to you banking arrangements, start the process now.

  • Speak to your moving company about any last-minute questions you might have.
    • Confirm with them the moving date, arrival time, and estimated delivery time.
  • Finalize your packing
  • Make sure you have your moving finances in order – the money to pay your movers and to provide tips.
  • Put together your travel bad – food, clothes, medication, toiletries etc.
    • If you take prescription medication, make sure you have enough to last at least a couple of weeks.
    • Make sure you have enough clothes to last you at least a week.
    • If you have kids, make sure to include any essentials they might need (e.g. toys, iPads, blankies, stuffed animals etc.).
  • If you plan on taking gas powered items with you (such as lawnmowers, snowblowers, and grills), make sure that the gas is drained from those items to ensure their safe transport.

  • Wake up early to get any last-minute things packed.
    • If you want to sleep in your own bed on your last night, you will need to pack it up in the morning (pillows, blankets, sheets, mattress, bed frame etc.)
  • If you are renting your current home, make sure to return the keys to the landlord/super before you move out.
  • Do a quick final search around your home to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
  • When the movers come, keep an eye on them and give them direction if needed. Once the movers are done packing/loading, they should give you an inventory list or bill of landing for you to sign. Make sure to keep a copy for yourself.

  • Make sure to set your beds up first. You’ll need a good night’s sleep after this busy day.
  • Run through all the room and test the light switches and faucets to make sure everything is working as it should be.
  • Inspect the items your movers moved in order to see if there was any moving related damage. Depending on the insurance you selected, you might be able to get reimbursed for damaged items.
  • Unpack and organize the rest of your things (you obviously don’t need to do this all on day 1, but it’s a good idea to start with things you know you’ll need immediately – such as your cookware and kitchen items).

Congratulations, you did it!

You finally made your move. Now take some time to rest and breath in the new air of your new home. You’ve worked hard these past handful of weeks and you deserve to put your feet up and relax.