It’s official: you’ve signed the papers, dotted all the i’s and crossed the t’s—you own a
new home! You’ve almost reached the end of your journey. However, now, faced with
the daunting task of moving, it may seem as though the journey has just begun. Moving
can be a time-consuming and stressful experience if you let yourself be overwhelmed by
the job. Remember, though, having a successful move means taking care of the details,
one by one. If you break the process down into steps and arrange your time accordingly,
you can make it manageable. Use the following checklist to ensure you’re covering all
the bases, and you will be well on your way to a successful move!
• Plan your packing. Start by purchasing or acquiring suitable containers. Most
moving companies have specialized containers you can buy. Also, speak with
others who have recently moved—they may be looking to get rid of boxes.
You’ll need the following: small boxes for heavy items (books, tools, etc.); large
boxes for bulky items (bedding, stuffed toys, etc.); medium boxes for bulky but
less heavy items (towels, small appliances, etc.).
• Begin to collect other packing materials. Decide which items you’ll need from
the following checklist:
Packing tape or twine to seal boxes and containers
Labels and stickers (available from your moving company)
Felt marker to label boxes
Notebook and pen for listing contents
• Set goals and deadlines for yourself. Aim, for example, to pack one room per
• Attach a list of contents to each box. Separate and label boxes to be placed in
• Consider holding a garage sale to rid yourself of excess belongings.
• Begin to use up the food in your pantry and freezer. Let the food you already
have dictate your menus.
• Have rugs cleaned that are to be moved, then roll and wrap them.
• Make special arrangements for the moving of plants or pets.
• Collect all personal items from local services (dry cleaning, storage, photos).
• Service all appliances you are taking with you. Note that all gas appliances must
be emptied, as it is illegal for movers to carry flammable substances.
• Take inventory of all the boxes, and contents of the boxes, you have packed.
• Have your car serviced and tuned up.
• Return library books.
• Clean out your locker at any club you are leaving.
• Determine how to transfer your children to a new school.
• Return items you’ve borrowed to friends, and collect any you’ve lent.
• Mail or e-mail change of address notices to family members, friends, and office
• If needed, transfer medical and dental records, and fill prescriptions.
• Change the address on your driver’s license.
• Change the billing address for credit cards.
• Change the address for banking statements.
• Leave a record of security codes for new tenants.
Insurance and Legal Matters
• Visit your lawyer and ensure all documents are signed.
• Notify your insurance company well in advance of the move and ask them to
review your policy.
• Transfer insurance to your new home, or acquire new insurance.
• Review your moving company’s insurance policy. If it doesn’t cover as much as
you’d like it to, obtain your own.
• If you are currently renting a house or apartment, give written notice to the
• Have all keys to your old home delivered to your lawyer or realtor.