Moving Tips: 1+ Month Before


  • Create a "move file" to track estimates, receipts, and other important information. Get copies of any legal and financial records you need.

  • Compile an inventory of belongings before they are packed in case you need to make a claim with your insurance company later. Take pictures of valuables and carry them with you or have them sent by certified mail. 

  • Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates – including moving quotes. 

  • RELOCATION SPECIFIC – Start compiling medical and dental records – including prescriptions and medical shot records. Ask your doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new city. 

  • CONDO/COOP SPECIFIC – Contact your insurance agent and ask if moving is covered. Arrange for new homeowners or personal property insurance. 

Moving Tips: 3-4 Weeks Before


  • Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies. 

  • Identify a "move date.” Ask your mover if they offer lower rates Tuesdays through Thursdays or at different times during the month. 

  • CONDO/CO-OP SPECIFIC – Check with local authorities if there are restricted move in dates and ensure you will be complying with any parking restrictions. 

  • Plan for short-term or long-term storage if needed. 

  • File a change of address with the Postal Service and the IRS. 

  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. For utilities at your new home, create a record of confirmation numbers for quick reference.

  • Prepare auto registration to be transferred. 

  • If you are moving into or out of an apartment, arrange to use the elevator on your move day.

Moving Tips: 1-2 Weeks Before


  • Notify your bank, creditors, and human resource department about your move. 

  • Confirm time and date of the move with your moving company. 

  • Notify family and friends of your new address and phone number. 

  • Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box. Designate several moving boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately. 

  • Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day. 

  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day. 

  • Confirm that homeowners/renter’s insurance policies are still valid through the day of closing to ensure you’ll be covered in case of delays. 

  • Confirm street signage for moving van if local authorities require it. Inform neighbors.

Moving-Out Checklist


  • Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home. Set aside warranties, manuals, extra keys, and garage door openers. IMPORTANT: Your home must be “broom clean” for new owners or they may ask for compensation for trash removal or cleaning service. Check stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. 

  • Load your goods in a pre-designated order, saving "last load" items for the rear of your shipment. This might include your vacuum, cleaning supplies, or bed sheets. 

  • Check every room, closet, and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded. 

  • Take note of utility meter readings. 

  • Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any of your mail. 

  • Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and whereabouts in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.