Introduction to Moving Checklist:

Process Street - Moving Checklist

Moving house is a stressful and time-consuming process. Fortunately, with our moving checklist we can guide you through the necessary steps.

This process guides you through the move week by week resulting in you living in your new dream home. 

Through the bureaucracy and the packing, there are a lot of steps to cover.

To get a brief overview of the moving process, watch this handy video below!

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8 Weeks Before:

Collect estimates from moving companies

Contact a range of local moving companies to gain quotes for their services. 

Inform them when and where you will be going, and how much transport space you will need.

You can use the sample email below to reach out to the first one.

Prepare space in your budget for moving expenses

Moving house can be an expensive process

Make sure you have space in your budget for the associated costs.

You can use Process Street's budget template and daily budget templates to help reach your financial goals.

Create a file or folder to track moving details

There's a lot of bureaucracy involved in moving house, and a lot of different people you will need to contact and take information from. 

It's very useful to have somewhere you can store all this information. If you create one folder, then this should help you stay organized throughout the move. 

Begin researching your new area

It's important to know where you're going to be moving to!

More important is knowing something about the area. 

Find local media outlets and guides to subscribe to. Reading local news stories and newsletters relevant to the area can help give you the insight necessary to feel at home sooner. It will also provide you with a little know-how, so you know which restaurant to go to when you celebrate moving in!

7 Weeks Before:

Approach medical professionals for referrals

Contact your doctor, your dentist, and any other professionals you see about referrals to your new area.

You can use the email widget below.

Contact schools to transfer records

Contact your children's school(s) to transfer records to your new area.

You can use the email widget below.

Ask vets to transfer records to new area

Contact your vet about transferring records to your new area.

You can use the email widget below.

Call your insurance to discuss any new policies needed

Call your insurance company to discuss your existing arrangement and what new policies may need to be considered. 

Contacting them early gives you the opportunity to look around for new insurance options before you move into your new home.

Contact gyms or health clubs to transfer memberships

Contact your gyms or health clubs to either cancel your membership or to see about any affiliated partners in your new area.

You can use the email widget below.

6 Weeks Before:

Purge your house of anything you don't need

Take this opportunity to declutter thoroughly.

Identify anything you can throw away. 

For other items which still have value, gather them up and mark them ready to be sold at a garage sale.

Organize a garage sale

Put some posters up around your neighborhood and promote it on facebook. 

It shouldn't take too much promotion to let people know you might have things worth them buying. 

This is also an opportunity to say some goodbyes to neighbors your don't often see.

5 Weeks Before:

Order moving supplies

There are a range of different materials you'll find useful when you're packing up and moving. 

Here's a short list of absolute essentials. Make sure you have these, at the very least!

Use the subchecklist below to make sure you have them all.

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    Measuring tape
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    Fragile stickers

Begin packing any items which you don't use

Go through your belongings and begin to pack away rarely used items

Some ideas may be:

  • Travel items
  • Ornaments
  • Decorative items
  • Seasonal sports gear
  • Certain tools

Label every box with its intended room

When you pack you things, label the boxes with their necessary destination.

This will make the unloading of the truck much easier and faster!

Decide your exact day of moving

Determine your final moving date and inform all relevant parties of when it is.

Use the form field to record the moving date.

Begin filing a new address with the postal service

You need to make sure the postal service have your updated information!

Fortunately, you can do this process online.

Follow this link to begin the process.

4 Weeks Before:

Notify existing and future utility companies

You need to make sure everyone knows about your move. This will allow for you to settle in nicely to your new home rather than being without water and internet (the two essentials) for the first week. 

Use the subchecklist below to track the different companies you need to contact.

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    Trash collection

Work out how your pets will travel

Your animals are part of the family and they'll need to travel too! 

Whether you're driving across country or flying, you should make preparations for their wellbeing on the journey.

If you need to, you can take your pets to a friend or family member, or to some kennels for a short period. If you decide to board your pets at kennels make sure to research the kennels thoroughly beforehand.  

3 Weeks Before:

Get rid of dangerous substances safely

There are certain dangerous substances which do not travel well. Make sure these are safely disposed of before you move. 

Some categories may be:

  • Poisons
  • Flammables
  • Corrosives
  • Irritants

Take your car to be serviced

If you're going to be driving your car across the country then it is a wise idea to service it beforehand. This is especially pertinent given that your car may be carrying a far larger load than normal.

Moreover, if you don't have a new mechanic already arranged in your destination, you want to get an overview from your trusted mechanic while you can. 

2 Weeks Before:

Contact any relevant professional services

You may have other professionals you would add to this list, like physiotherapists or acupuncturists, but our subchecklist below covers a number of typical professional services which you may want to contact before you move. 

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    Credit cards
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Contact any relevant government services

This list may depend on which state you're in and what different licenses you possess

Our subchecklist provides some standard government bodies you should contact.

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    City tax assessor
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    Social security administration
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    Vehicle registration
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    Federal tax bureau
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    Veterans administration

Begin using up any perishables

Those frozen peas which have been sat in the freezer for the past 3 months may not travel very well.

Now's a good time to start using up perishables, starting with frozen foods and similar.

Create a folder of information for incoming homeowner

The new occupant of your house will require certain information to help them settle in

Create a document which provides them with information about the home and things you believe are useful for them to know. 

Include this in a folder alongside any relevant reports related to the house, the safety testing of appliances, and any structural or planning permission reports gathered over your time there.

1 Week Before:

Pack your essentials to carry with you

These are not just items you may need on the trip - in case it is a long journey. These items will also be the only things you have direct access to when you arrive and begin unloading at the new house. 

Pack a change of clothes, your toiletries, some warm clothing, and snacks.

Disassemble very large items

If you're not leaving that beautiful sofa behind for the new occupants, then now is the time to begin taking it apart. 

Take apart whichever large items you want to take with you, from sofas to wardrobes. 

Drain gas or oil from any large machinery or equipment

If you have large lawnmowers or specialist tools which run on oil or gas, it is a good idea to drain them before you move them to the new property

Flammable liquids within machinery can be dangerous on the move. Be sure to inspect the items you are moving in case they pose a safety hazard.

Defrost fridge freezer

Defrost appliances like fridges and freezers. This is good practice whether you're taking them with you or leaving them for the incoming owner. 

Try not to flood the kitchen in the process.

Notify friends and family of new contact details

Let all relevant connections know about your change of address. 

With email and facebook, this process has become significantly easier. However, don't forget about the important people in your life who are not so tech-savvy.

Moving Day:

Meet your hired movers

Talk through the contents of what you're moving.

Inform the moving team what's in each box and clearly label fragile items.

They don't want to break things as much as you don't want things broken.

Decide the order boxes will be loaded in

Create a system

You need to unload your belongings in a particular order when you arrive at the new place. You may also want to unload large items first. 

Think about what order you want to unload before you load. 

Check nothing has been left behind

Use the subchecklist to cover each area of the house.

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    Check every room
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    Check every cupboard
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    Check the attic
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    Check the basement
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    Check the shed
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    Check the garden

Leave a note for the next owners

Leave a message for the incoming owners with your contact details, the information pack you prepared, and a welcome gift.

Moving In:

When you arrive clean everything before you unload

Before you fill the new house with all your belongings, quickly clean everything down

This shouldn't take too long as it is primarily just floors and walls. 

Unload your belongings

Be careful not to drop anything!

If you're lifting something heavy, remember to lift with your legs not your back.

Safe Lifting Tips and Techniques

Pick up any diverted mail at the local post office

Go to the local post office to collect any diverted mail and to check all paperwork surrounding your address update has been completed.

After the Move:

Store your move file safely

You never know when you'll need this information again in future.

Store it away carefully so not to lose anything.

Introduce yourself to your new neighbours

Visit your new neighbors and put a friendly face to the new arrivals. 

Consider taking a gift.

Enjoy your new home

Celebrate with a co-ordinated jump. 

Well done! You have a new home!

They've just got a new home


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