Moving Countdown


8 Weeks Before the Move

  • Contact a professional mover or truck rental and get estimates: make early reservations.
  • Decide what furniture stays and what furniture goes.
  • Use up things that cannot be moved (frozen food & flammable household aerosol cleaning supplies).

6 Weeks Before the Move

  • Inventory your possessions and determine what will be sold or donated.
  • Get copies of records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, etc.
  • Transfer children's school records.

4 Weeks Before the Move

  • Hold a garage sale then arrange for storage, if you need it.

3 Weeks Before the Move

  • Assemble package materials: dolly, scissors, packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, rope, boxes, etc.
  • Begin packing items you won't need.
  • Arrange cancellation of utilities at old home and have them installed at the new home.
  • Make travel and hotel reservations.
  • Get car license, registration, and insurance in order.

2 Weeks Before the Move

  • Transfer bank account and cancel direct deposit or automatic payments on account you are closing.
  • Make special arrangements for pets. Consult your veterinarian for tips on making the move easier.
  • Get your car checked and serviced for the trip.

1 Week Before the Move

  • Transfer all medical prescriptions to the pharmacy in your new location.
  • Return library books and videos, send out dry-cleaning and pick up after the move.
  • Finish major packing, labeling boxes by contents and room destinations.

2 or 3 Days Before the Move

  • Defrost refrigerator.
  • Have cash on hand.
  • Pack a weekend bag in case of delay.
  • Pack a 'first day handy items' box: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, paper plates, paper towels, instant coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, soap, pencils, paper, local phone book, bath towel & toiletries kit.

Moving Day

  • Pick up rental truck early.
  • Inspect basement, attic, and garage.
  • Turn off water, lock all doors and windows.
  • List every item loaded onto the truck to use for a checklist as they come off.