Move-In Checklist


Moving is stressful! To help you get through this as easy as possible, we’ve curated a list of steps that will keep you organized during your move.

8 weeks before the move:

Find companies to help with your move

  • Professional movers
  • Truck rentals for a DIY move

Create a binder

  • Gather important information and documents regarding your move
  • Moving company estimates, new lease agreement, birth certificates and other important documents you want to keep handy. 

Organize school records

  • If you have children, contact the new school district and gather information on the new school. Arrange to have their records transferred after the move.
  • Don’t forget about shot records or other physical exams needed for admission into schools. 

6 weeks before the move

Start gathering boxes

  • Ask friends and family for extra boxes. You can also get boxes from retailers or stores.
  • Use this moving calculator to estimate how many boxes you might need.

 5 weeks before the move

Sell. Donate. Dispose.

  • Start gathering items you aren’t taking with you on the move. Find a local place to donate items, sell through your social network or dispose of items.

4 weeks before the move 

Select moving company or reserve truck

  • Make the final preparations for your moving company or rental truck. Most companies require a deposit to reserve.
  • Start packing.
  • Label each box as you pack them.

3 weeks before the move

Cancel/Transfer Utilities

  • Contact your current utility providers and confirm the days they will be disconnected.
  • Set utilities up for your new home.

2 weeks before the move

Confirm your rental truck

  • Call to make sure you are all set for moving day

Change your address

  • Use the online form (USPS Change of Address Form) or 
head to the post office to fill out a physical form.

1 week before the move 

Pack a convenience box

  • Pack a box to easily locate items you need for the first day at your new home.
  • Tissue, paper plates, paper towels, soap, medicines, phone charges, etc.

Get familiar

  • Find local convenience stores, veterinarians, hospitals 
and your favorite places to eat.
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