Moving Checklist

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use this convenient checklist to help organize and

facilitate your move.

4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day


  Set the date.

Mondays and Thursdays are your best choices so that banks and offices are open in case you have a problem.

Arrange for utility transfers.

Notify current and future utility providers of your move date.  Note when current security deposits will be refunded and how much is due when for the new ones.  This includes:


      Cable/satellite television

      Cell phone service



      Internet/ broadband

      Local phone service

      Long distance phone service


      Recycling pick-up


      Security system

      Trash pick-up



NOTE: It’s a good idea to schedule utility turn on dates at least one day prior to the move date and turn off dates at least one day after the move to allow for emergencies or issues that may arise.

File change of address.

At minimum, file a Temporary Change of Address with the U.S. Post Office to buy you time before you notify everyone else.  Complete form PS-3575 at your local Post Office.

Make sure you have enough cash on hand to cover any unforseen expenses or emergencies.

Notify specific people of your change of address.

Some of the people who might need your change of address include:


      Accountant/tax preparer

      Alumni associations


      Babysitter/ child care provider

      Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRAs, mortgage,

                safe deposit box, savings account)


      Business cards (order new ones)

      Cell phone provider

      Child care/ daycare


      Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes

     Credit bureaus

     Credit card issuers


     Department of Motor Vehicles

     Diaper service


     Dry cleaning pick-up and delivery

     Family members

     Health clubs

     House cleaning service

     House of worship

      Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles)

     IRS (form 8822)

     Lawn care

      Luggage tags (replace existing ones)

     Magazine subscriptions

     New employer

     Newspaper subscriptions

     Old employer


     Parent-teacher association


     Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care

     Pharmacy (BONUS: get year-to-date expense summary for taxes)

     Physical therapist

     Physician (BONUS: get referral for new location)

     Post office

     Professional organizations

     Retirement plan holders

      Return address labels (order new ones)

      Schools: get copies of transcripts

     Snow removal service

     Social Security Administration

     Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing)

     Swimming pool memberships

     Veterinarian: get vet records and recommendations

     Water delivery service



Hire movers or reserve the truck.

Contact FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY at 1-888-794-0526 or 706-896-7720.  You can also email us at

Get the essential moving supplies.

At minimum, you will need:


      Markers to label boxes (preferably wide tip, dark color)

      Moving boxes

      Newsprint, packing peanuts or other cushioning material

      Packing tape

      Scissors or utility knife


For your convenience, FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY offers most of these supplies.  Contact FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY at 1-888-794-0526 or 706-896-7720.  You can also email us at

Get or make a moving organizer.

You can make a moving organizer for all your important notes, receipts, and important information by using:


      3 Ring Binder

      Pocket dividers to separate sections and hold important receipts

      Paper for keeping all your notes (3-holed graph paper is ideal for this).



Start packing!

For complete packing tips, see   NOTE: Almost everyone under-estimates how much time it takes to pack, so start early and leave plenty of extra time.

Separate cherished items from the non-essential.

One of the biggest secrets of moving success is eliminating as many items from the move as possible.  Donate items to charity, give them to friends, prepare them for a yard sale or throw them out.

2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day


Make arrangements to return items.


      Cable/ satellite receiver boxes, remote controls, dishes

      Cable/DSL modems

      Carpet shampooer

      Clothing (borrowed)

      DVD and video game rentals

      Library books (neighborhood and school)

      Tools (borrowed or rented)

      Trash cans/ recycle bins

      Unwanted purchases


Make arrangements to retrieve items.


    q  Clothing at dry cleaners, tailors or in storage

    q  Clothing lent to friends

    q  Items at repair shops

    q  Tools lent to neighbors or friends

Open bank accounts near your new address.

You may want to open a new safe deposit box at the same time, and move all vital papers and/or jewelry into the box in advance.  That way you don’t have to worry about them on moving day.



Create one Open Me First box for specific rooms.

You’ll need to access certain packed items almost immediately after you arrive, and they need to be packed together in special boxes (one per room) and marked with either bright red markers or special stickers so you can spot them easily.  The specific rooms are:



      aluminum foil

      break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates

      coffee maker (don’t forget the filters!)

      dish detergent

      frying pan and spatula

      pet food and bowls


      tea kettle


      Main Bathroom

      bath mat

      bath towels

      first-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide)

      hair dryer


      shower curtain and rings


      toothbrushes and toothpaste


      Tool room or drawer


      duct tape


      flat-head screwdriver



      Phillips-head screwdriver

      picture hangers

      tape measure

      utility knife


Finish packing for non-living rooms.

You want to be completed for non-essential rooms such as the basement, garage, attic, utility rooms, etc. so you can focus on main living areas in the last weeks.


Start eating perishable food from freezer and refrigerator.


Hold a yard sale.

You might be surprised to learn that you can earn a few hundred dollars by selling non-essential items, earning you cash and making your move more efficient.

1 Week Prior to Moving Day



Confirm start time, current home address and future home address with FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY.

Recruit friends for moving day madness.

Having extra help for last-minute errands or helping to watch movers and answer questions can be invaluable.

Make arrangements for child and/or pet sitting.

Having small children and pets watched on Moving Day can eliminate a lot of stress and confusion on the big day, especially while taking care of all the other important details.

Moving Day

Start early.

Moving is stressful enough without waking up late and running around with movers waiting outside.

Make sure drivers have your cell phone number and you have theirs, along with their names.

Things come up on moving day; make sure you have a way to stay in contact.

Be available for movers questions.

Perform final checks before leaving current home.

Here are some final items to verify before shutting the door for the last time:

      Are the air conditioning, fans, and heat turned off?

      Is the water shut off, including to hoses?

      Are the light switches turned off?

      Are the keys and garage door openers for current home turned in or left on the

                kitchen counter?   

      Anything left in refrigerator, freezer, stove, drawer under stove, in closets, in bathroom,

                under porch, in garage, in attic, in crawlway?

      Did you pack your hoses and sprinklers?