The Ultimate Moving Checklist And To-DO

Organizing your move is essential to an easier move. We created this Moving List to help you get a head start on this journey!

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Your Ultimate Guide to a Seamless Move with Nonstop Moving

2 Months Out

  • Declutter and Decide
    • Tour each room and determine what stays and what goes. Consider if certain items need special packing or added insurance.
  • Research Moving Services
    • Dive deep into your moving options. Avoid phone-only quotes; insist on an in-person assessment. Ensure the estimate is in writing and includes a USDOT number, signifying adherence to safety standards.
  • Prepare a Moving Journal
    • Use this journal to compile everything—quotes, receipts, and a list of items you’re relocating.
  • Transfer School Documents
    • If you have kids, visit their school to facilitate the transfer of their records to the new institution.

1.5 Months Out

  • Buy Moving Supplies
    • Get moving boxes, tapes, Bubble Wrap, markers, and any specialized containers like dish packs or wardrobe cartons.
  • Consume or Dispose
    • Begin using perishables and cleaning agents that you’d rather not transport.
  • Measure Up
    • If feasible, check the dimensions of rooms in your new place. Ensure your bulky furniture can pass through entrances.

1 Month Out

  • Finalize Your Moving Service
    • Choose a mover and secure a written confirmation detailing the moving date, expenses, and other specifics.
  • Start Packing
    • Begin with rarely used items. While at it, list high-value items that might need extra insurance. Declare any item valued over $100 per pound in writing.
  • Tag and Number
    • Clearly mark each box with its contents and destination room. This aids in inventory management. Also, pack a box of essentials you’ll need immediately.
  • Secure Valuables
    • Place jewelry, crucial documents, and the mover’s estimate in a safe box that you’ll personally handle during the move.
  • Update Address
    • Visit your local post office for a change-of-address or do it online. Also, request a neighbor to keep an eye on mails post-move.
  • Inform Key Contacts
    • Notify banks, employers, subscription services, and utility providers about your move.
  • Transfer Medical Documents
    • Send your medical records to your new healthcare providers or get copies for yourself.

14 Days Out

  • Request Moving Day Off
    • Inform your workplace that you’ll oversee the move and need the day off.
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • If relocating to a different climate, get your vehicle checked for necessary adjustments.
  • Access Safe-Deposit Box
    • If switching banks, retrieve your safe-deposit box contents.
  • Touch Base with Movers
    • Reconfirm your moving details.

7 Days Out

  • Renew Prescriptions
    • Ensure you have enough medications for the upcoming weeks.
  • Pack Personal Bags
    • Conclude general packing a few days prior to moving. Then, prepare personal bags with a few days’ worth of clothing.

A Couple Days Prior

  • Refrigerator Care
    • If you’re taking your refrigerator, empty, clean, and defrost it 24 hours before the move.
  • Recheck Details
    • Confirm the mover’s arrival time and other specifics. Provide them with clear directions and contact details.
  • Payment Preparations
    • If not paying via card, arrange for a money order, cashier’s check, or cash. For commendable service, a tip of 10-15% is standard. Refreshments for the crew are a kind gesture.

On Moving Day

  • Authenticate
    • Ensure the arriving moving truck belongs to the company you hired by matching the USDOT number.
  • Document Everything
    • Before the movers depart, sign the bill of lading/inventory and retain a copy.
  • Keep your moving company contact in hand and always stay vigilant of your phone where they can reach you in case any problems or questions arise. 

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