Moving Checklist

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Two Months Before:

□ Start asking for estimates from professional moving companies. Be sure to get a written estimate from each with their USDOT number clearly stated – Need help finding a mover? Click Here to find a professional  moving company in your area working to fight hunger. During your move, these moving companies will offer deliver your unwanted non-perishable food to the local food pantry.

□ Create a moving folder to keep important paperwork and contact information, including estimates and receipts. Be sure to keep your folder in a safe place so that it is easily accessible throughout the course of your move.

Purge your home of unnecessary items. Bringing extra items costs money and packing/unpacking them takes time. Go through each room individually and decide what you want to bring with you to the new home. This process will save you time and money!

□ Contact your children’s school to arrange to have their academic records transferred to the new school district

□ Contact your doctors to collect copies of your family’s medical records, especially immunizations for your children. Your new doctors will want a full medical history and some school districts require proof of vaccinations.



Six Weeks Before:

□ Order moving supplies Do this if you are planning to pack yourself. Key items include boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and permanent markers.

□ Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements with a written confirmation of your moving date, costs and any other specific details.


One Month Before:

□ Start packing items that you won’t be using before the move – the waffle iron, out-of-season clothing, and books. While you are doing this preliminary packing, be sure to take note of any items that may have a high value and would require additional insurance from your moving company.

□ Be sure to clearly label each box with the contents and the appropriate room at your new home.

□ Separate valuables from other items. You should personally transport jewelry and important files, if possible, in a safe box.

□ Forward your mail at the post office to your new house. You can file your “change of address” form at your local branch or often online, to ensure your mail is rerouted to your new house.

□ Notify other companies about your move: credit cards, banks, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, utilities, insurance companies, and your own employer’s human resources department.


Two Weeks Before:

□ Arrange to be off of work on moving day. You will need to be on-site to supervise the move.

□ Tune up your car to make sure all of the fluids are topped up and its ready for the new house. If you are moving to a different climate, ask your mechanic if there are any important services for your vehicle.

□ Clean out the safety deposit box and pack these important items in the safe box that you will personally be transporting.

□ Reconfirm with your moving company to be sure everything is on schedule.


One Week Before:

□ Set aside food for donations. If you are moving with a Move For Hunger member mover, now is a good time to start filling a box with non-perishable items for your local food bank. Your mover will collect this box with your others on moving day.

□ Refill prescriptions to be sure you have enough medication until you have settled into the new house.

□ Pack a first night box that you can personally transport with necessities such as a change of clothes, sweatshirt, pajamas, cell phone charger, laptop, toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, medicines, pet foods, snacks, beverages, paper plates, cups, and utensils, along with any other items that you will need as soon as you arrive in the new house.


A Few Days Before:

□ Pack suitcases with clothing for the first few days after the move, while you are still settling into the new house.

□ Finish your packing a few days before your move date.

□ Prepare your appliances for the move

□ Double-check with the mover to confirm the date and time. Be sure they have directions to your house along with your cell phone number.

□ Plan for paying your mover with either cash, check or credit card. Be sure to have extra cash on hand to tip the movers. Generally 10-15% of the total fee is a good tip, but if any portion of your move was especially difficult, consider tipping each mover up to $100. Also, they are working hard to make your move as simple as possible: consider providing beverages or snacks.


Moving Day:

□ Verify the moving truck that shows up is from the same company that you hired and that the USDOT number on the side matches the one on your paperwork.

□ Take inventory of the boxes and do a final through the house before the movers leave to ensure that nothing was overlooked. Sign the bill of lading or inventory slip and keep a copy in your moving folder.

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