Essential Moving Checklists

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Essential Moving Checklists

Tips For a Smooth Long-Distance Move

Moving to a new home can be overwhelming, but with proper planning and organization, the process can be smooth and stress-free. Here are three essential moving checklists that will help you stay on top of your long-distance move.

Change of Address Checklist

One of the most critical tasks when moving is notifying the right people and businesses of your address change. Here’s a list of key contacts you should update:

  • Financial Institutions: Banks, Credit Unions, Credit Card Companies, Lenders, Insurance Companies, Investment Broker.
  • Government Institutions: U.S. Postal Service, Department/Bureau of Motor Vehicles, IRS, Passport Office, Veteran Affairs, Unemployment Office.
  • School and Work: Inform your employer’s HR department and your child’s current and future school.
  • Utilities: Arrange for transfer or disconnection of services for Electric, Gas, Water & Sewage, Waste Disposal, Phone, Internet, and Cable or Satellite.
  • Healthcare Providers: Notify your doctor, pharmacy, medical alert service, and veterinarian. If moving far away, ask for doctor recommendations in your new area.
  • Service Providers: Inform housecleaning, delivery, accounting, childcare, lawn and gardening, and pool service providers.
  • Memberships and Subscriptions: Update your address for magazines, newspapers, movie subscriptions, monthly clubs, social clubs, religious groups, and rewards programs.

Moving Supplies Checklist

Having the right moving supplies is essential for protecting your belongings during the move. Here’s a list of items you may need:

  • Boxes: Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large moving boxes for different items.
  • Specialty Packing Supplies: Wardrobe boxes, Electronics boxes, Dish Barrel boxes, Mirror/Picture boxes, File boxes, Mattress cover.
  • Packing Wrap: Brown Paper, Newsprint, Packing Peanuts, Inflatable Bags, Packing Foam, and Bubble Wrap.
  • Miscellaneous: Permanent Markers, Sealing Tape & Dispenser, Box Cutter.

Moving Checklist

To keep your move organized, follow this moving checklist:

Two Months Before

  • Begin the purging process to declutter your belongings.
  • Identify any items with special packing or shipping needs.
  • Compare and contrast moving companies to find the right fit.
  • Create a moving folder to keep estimates, receipts, and an inventory.

Six Weeks Before

  • Purchase moving supplies, including boxes, tape, and bubble wrap.
  • Measure furniture and appliances to ensure they fit in your new home.

One Month Before

  • Select a moving company and confirm all details.
  • Start the packing process, beginning with items you don’t frequently use.
  • Purchase a safe box for valuables and important documents.
  • Change your address with the Post Office and notify important parties.

Two Weeks Before

  • Inform your supervisor about needing time off on moving day.
  • Double-check with the moving company to avoid any misunderstandings.
  • One Week Before:
  • Pack essentials and clothes for a few days.
  • Defrost the freezer and unplug the washing machine.

Moving Day

  • Supervise the movers and double-check every room and closet.
  • Take inventory and sign the bill of lading and inventory list.

By following these comprehensive checklists, your long-distance move will be well-organized and hassle-free. Happy moving!

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