The Complete Moving Checklist

Moving is a process, and one that comes with dozens of steps. At the outset, packing up your entire life and hauling it somewhere new can seem overwhelming (and rightly so!), but by getting organized and taking things one step at a time, it’s possible to make your move seem far more manageable. The first step in a stress-free move? Make a moving checklist, and don’t leave anything out. From buying supplies, to downloading moving apps and changing your mailing address, writing down everything you have to do will not only ensure it all gets done, but free up all that space in your head you’re trying to use to remember it all.



To help you get started, we’ve created a standard moving checklist based on our years of experience. Feel free to print it out, and then add to it or modify it as you see fit.

Six Weeks to One Month Before Moving

  • Check to see if your move is tax-detectible. If so, make a folder and save all receipts and expenses.
  • If you live in an apartment building, you may be required to give advanced notice of a move. Begin making plans early – call moving or truck rental companies for estimates and set dates, and reserve an elevator for your move.
  • Gather supplies. A few things you might need? Boxes, tape, packing peanuts, newspapers, and furniture pads.
  • Consider hosting a garage sale to get rid of anything you won’t be moving.
  • Start packing non-essentials, and label boxes by room.
  • Take note of magazines and catalogues you receive and mailing lists you’re on– you’ll need to notify senders of your new address.

Two – Three Weeks Before Moving

  • Arrange for plumbers and electricians to disconnect or remove any major appliances you will be taking with you.
  • Check with your moving company to see if there are any items that you won’t be able to move, such as aerosol cans, flammables, ammunition and gasoline.
  • Fill out change of address through USPS.
  • Set up transfer of your utilities for your new home.

One Day Before Moving

  • Confirm arrangements with police or condo association for truck parking on a congested street.
  • Back up your important computer files and keep them with you.
  • Drain gas from lawn mower, weed wacker, and any other such items.

Moving Day

  • Be on hand to point out any items that need special handling or attention, or leave detailed instructions for your movers.
  • Have these items handy:
    • Medical supplies
    • Tools and flashlight
    • Bedding and towels
    • Personal supplies (soap, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Important phone numbers and a phone
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Kitchenware (disposable cups, plates and cutlery, can opener, paper towels, etc.)
    • Snacks and take-out for dinner!

After Moving

  • Register to vote in your new area.
  • Contact the DMV about requirements to get a new license, if necessary.
  • Call the Department of Sanitation to find out what day trash is collected and what restrictions are present.
  • Make sure any previous medical records get forwarded to your new doctor and dentist.

For more tips and ideas about making your move smoother, check out our packing tips, list of best moving apps, and tips for finding a good moving service.