The Ultimate Moving Checklist Printable Guide

Moving day is fast approaching at our house! I created a moving checklist so that I don’t forget to do anything important. I’m a checklist kind of person. Checklists help me manage my stress and feel more in control. I use them for grocery shopping, vacations, around the house to-do lists, and Christmas shopping. So of course I need a moving checklist. That, coupled with my packing supplies will help this move go smoothly and keep my nerves intact. Here’s my checklist, followed by a printable pdf version you can print out and use.

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

This moving checklist has all the details you'll need to prepare for your next move. Relieve your stress and get organized! Free printable pdf.

2 Months Before

  • Get estimates from moving companies/rental trucks if DIY.
  • Create moving budget
  • Create a moving binder for your lists, important information, receipts, quotes, etc.
  • Sort through clothes, books, kitchen items, boxes in storage, etc. and de-junk/donate/throw away what you don’t want to move.

6 Weeks Before

  • Arrange to have kids school records transferred
  • Plan and hold a garage sale or sell unwanted stuff online
  • Start using up items in the freezer/fridge
  • If moving far away, get your families medical records
  • Schedule moving company or truck rental
  • Schedule piano movers. Plan how to move fragile items

5 Weeks Before

  • Start getting free, used boxes from stores, free yard sale ads, or buy them
  • Buy at least 2 packing tape guns, lots of packing tape, and sharpies
  • Start packing things you won’t need for awhile: books, little used items in the kitchen, extra linens, out of seasonal clothes, dvds
  • Clearly label boxes with the room name and important items in it
  • Start deep cleaning the rooms in your house

4 Weeks Before

  • Finish up any minor house repairs
  • Set a goal to pack 2-3 boxes per day. Continue deep cleaning
  • Notify utility companies of your disconnect date (1 day after your move) and your connect date for your new place (A couple days before your move).
    • Electric
    • Water
    • Gas
    • Sewer
    • Home Phone/Cell Phone
    • Internet/Cable
    • Homeowner’s Insurance/Auto Insurance

2 Weeks Before

  • Complete change-of-address form with the post office at
  • Notify magazine subscriptions, dentist, doctors, credit cards, banks, and any regular services you have
  • Clean outdoor furniture and get it ready to move
  • You should be well into packing mode now

1 Week Before

  • Drain gasoline from lawn mower and any other equipment
  • Remove light bulbs from lamps you plan to move
  • Return any library books
  • Pack kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms. Leave only what you really need until moving day
  • Set aside a bucket of cleaning supplies to use for last minute clean ups, plenty of toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic utensils, lysol wipes
  • Measure doorways and take apart furniture that won’t fit

A Couple Days Before

  • Keep keys, garage door openers, and any appliance manuals or warranties in a separate box labeled for new owners
  • Drain water hoses
  • Defrost fridge and freezer at least 24 hours before the move
  • Have carpet cleaned at your new place
  • Finish packing anything that is left
  • Refill prescriptions
  • Pack a week’s worth of clothes, prescriptions, etc. into suitcases.

Moving Day

  • Put down floor and doorway protectors
  • Leave a note for new owners with your new address so mail can be forwarded to you easily
  • Walk through house to check that nothing was left, turn off lights, shut windows, and lock the doors
  • Put keys, garage door openers, and any appliance manuals or warranties in a separate box labeled for new owners

After Your Move

  • Register to Vote
  • Change address with the DMV and get new driver’s license
  • Let your friends and family know your new address

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