Must-Have Checklist for Moving Across the Country

Author: Alecia Pirulis


Moving is a daunting task, and when you’re moving across the country, you definitely have to be organized if you want a smooth and enjoyable transition. We got you covered here on Apartment Finder. Here’s our must-have checklist for moving across the country into your new home:

6-8 Weeks Before Moving Trip

___Purchase a notebook to help you stay organized.

___Create a detailed inventory list, and decide now what items you want to keep, sell, donate or throw away.

___Research local long-distance moving companies online.

___Call moving companies for a free estimate.

___Confirm or update your insurance to ensure coverage for your vehicle and valuable items.

___Obtain important medical records.

___Sell unwanted items.

___Donate or throw away items you did not sell.

4 – 6 Weeks Before Moving Trip

___Change your address with your local post office.

___Decide on your moving company, and set the exact date for your move.

___Cancel utility services, and schedule disconnection no earlier than the day AFTER your move.

___Collect packing materials.

___Gather important documents and valuable items, and pack in labeled box.

2 – 3 Weeks Before Moving Trip

___Return borrowed items, like a casserole dish, movie or video games.

___Update your inventory list, and send it to the moving company.

___Cancel or transfer all subscriptions, such as magazines, to your new home.

___Begin packing, and label the contents and what room they belong to on the top and at least two sides of each box.

___If you have children, make plans for someone to watch them on moving day.

1 Week Before Moving Trip

___Notify institutions of your change in address, like credit card companies and utility companies (for your final bill).

___Re-confirm your moving date with the movers.

___Close bank accounts and empty safety deposit boxes.

___Finish the last of your packing, and don’t forget to pack a kit for when you’re in transit:

    • Toilet paper
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Clean clothes
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First-aid kit and medication

___Separate boxes into piles to take with you and piles that will go with the movers.

2 – 3 Days Before Moving Trip

___Make sure you have all important documents in a safe and accessible place.

___To avoid additional charges from moving company, disassemble furniture.

___Disconnect and label non-essential electronics.

On Moving Day

___Double-check inventory, specify special, fragile items and items staying with movers.

___Clean as areas of your home become vacant.

___Pay moving company.

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