Check List


  • Create a “moving” file or folder on Google Drive to store quotes, receipts, and records related to your move.

  • Schedule in-home estimates with an Updater Certified Moving Company.

  • Make sure you hire someone you feel you can trust.

  • Confirm that your moving company is licensed and insured by verifying their Department of Transportation number (also referred to as a DOT number).

  • Create a realistic budget for moving expenses.

  • Request time off work for moving day. If you can, plan to take off and move on a Friday. That gives you the rest of the weekend to get yourself organized.

  • Choose a school for your kids.

  • Along the same vein, request transcripts for your kids from their old school for their new school. Regardless of how far you are moving, the new school your child attends will need these.

  • Plan a garage sale.

  • Donate anything left that you couldn’t sell.

  • Plan how to move fragile or unusual items, such as pianos, fine art, pool tables or safes.

  • Make time for friends and relatives before moving day.

  • Squeeze in a few last memories in your current home by throwing a simple dinner party.

  • Collect free boxes from restaurants liquor, grocery, and office supply stores.

  • Research packing hacks to make moving day easier.

  • Label your moving boxes using different colored stickers/tape for each room. This will make your life easier when you’re all moved in and ready to start unpacking.

  • Create an inventory sheet of all your valuables before they go on the moving truck. Also, keep a private list of which boxes you packed your valuables in.

  • Mark moving boxes that are fragile.

  • Take photos of all electronics before unplugging them. This will help jog your memory when you’re reconnecting things such as your TV and stereo.

  • Put all your hardware in labeled baggies for easy furniture reassembly.

  • Gather socks, t-shirts, towels, and linens to use as free packing supplies.

  • Address minor home repairs before moving out. If you live in an apartment, this might be the difference between getting your security deposit back, or not.If you’re moving cross country, have your vehicles serviced. The last thing you want is to deal with a breakdown mid-move!

  • Measure doorways, stairways, and elevators to make sure all your furniture will fit.

  • Last but not least for this section, pack a little every day. You don’t want to find yourself packing all of your belongings the night before.


  • Purchase moving insurance to cover all your belongings during the move.

  • Confirm parking options for your moving truck – you may need a permit for moving day. 

  • Use or donate items that you can’t pack or sell, such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosol cans.

  • Gather all financial and legal records in one place.

  • Gather birth certificates and passports for everyone in your home.

  • Carry important documents on your person during your move.

  • Compile medical, dental, and optical records for everyone in your home.

  • Find a landscaper and house cleaning service in your new neighborhood.

  • Return your library books.

  • Pick up clothes from the dry cleaner.If you’re moving out of town, find a new doctor, dentist, and vet in your new neighborhood.

  • Update your voter registration!

  • If you’re moving long distance, plan your route and book hotels.

  • Shop around for cable, internet, and phone bundles. Then, schedule installation and/or cancel your old services.

  • Make sure your pets have ID tags for their collars.

  • Request copies of vet records and get any necessary pet medication.

  • Create a moving file to organize your moving-related receipts and bills. You’ll want to keep a list of moving-related expenses to claim as a deduction at tax time.

  • Recycle or dispose of corrosives, flammables, and poisonous items.

  • Make sure you’re disposing of toxic items properly.

  • Prep two-weeks worth of meals and use everything in the freezer.

  • Check out some great meal prep ideas!

  • Return borrowed items from friends and family.

  • Back up your computer. If something goes awry during your move, you’ll be thankful you have everything saved in an alternate place.

  • Set up trash removal and recycling for your new home, and cancel your current service.

  • Remove light bulbs from all lamps you plan to move.

  • Fill your prescriptions.

  • Prepare a list of emergency service technicians and preferred providers. You don’t want to be googling plumbers while your toilet is overflowing in your new home.

  • To keep little ones safe during a move, line up a babysitter or make arrangements for a play date.

  • Find somewhere safe for pets to go during your move.

  • Look into doggy daycare or ask a friend to watch them for a day – who wouldn’t love to dog sit Fido, Fluffy or Muffin

  • Send out moving announcement. There are plenty of creative ways to share your new address.


  • Change your address with loan providers, credit cards, banks, and the payroll department at work. Also, remember to order new checks.

  • Forward your mail.

  • Change address for Social Security benefits within 10 days of moving.

  • Make sure to notify government offices, including the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the IRS.

  • Cancel or transfer your membership at the gym, yoga studio, Crossfit facility, etc.

  • Update your address for newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

  • Transfer your utilities including water, electric, and natural gas.

  • Update your driver’s license.

  • Update your address with Amazon and any monthly subscriptions boxes you receive.

  • Change your address for your auto insurance and car registration.

  • Clean outdoor furniture before it's moved.

  • Transfer your prescriptions to a new pharmacy, if necessary.


  • Rise and shine! Set an alarm and get up early on moving day.

  • Protect your floors and carpets during the move.

  • They’ve worked hard for you all day, so tip your movers.

  • As soon as your movers leave, make your bed and unpack your shower curtain and toiletries. This makes a nap and a shower so much easier. And let’s face it, it’s the first thing you’ll want to do post move.

  • Get to know your neighbors!

  • Go grocery shopping. At this point, you’ve eaten enough take out. Having food in the house will also prevent you from unnecessary spending.

  • Don’t have curtains or shades yet? Cover your windows with sheets for privacy for your first night. This will help you sleep more comfortably, trust us.

  • Thank your real estate agent or broker. They’re the reason why you’ve moved into your beautiful new home. A simple thank you note goes a long way.

Your Dynamic Duo

Elaine Drake


Amber Lindsey


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