Moving Checklist (Ultimate Relocation Checklist)

Moving Soon? Read through our free moving checklist before you start planning your move. We have all the helpful moving tips and tricks, along with our list of things to do when moving.



  1. Call your moveON moving relocation specialist. Set a date for the agent to visually or by telephone survey your home and prepare an estimate.
  2. If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover may perform.
  3. Do you want to do any of the packing? Will you have it done by our professional and experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
  4. Inform your relocation specialist everything that is going to be moved. Any items that you do not disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost. This applies even if you have a binding estimate.
  5. Sign the Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your moving specialist to explain the details.
  6. Keep the name and phone number of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.



  1. Start Cleaning out Closets, the attic, and your garage.
  2. Have a garage or moving sale or give the items you no longer want to charity.
  3. If you are going to be packing your own belongings, visit moveON moving to buy moving boxes and packing supplies.
  4. If you have children in school, make arrangements to transfer their school records.
  5. Call your homeowners insurance company and see if moving is covered under your policy. Make sure that your homeowners insurance is transferred to your new home before the move date.
  6. Decide which items you will be packing yourself and what items you will need moveON moving to professionally pack for you.
  7. Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the Postal Service Web site.
  8. Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.



  1. Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what you will use before moving.
  2. If you are moving appliances, it is a good idea to have them serviced before you move.
  3. Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables and toxic chemicals before moving. Items such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Dispose used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible. Anything stored in containers that may leak will also need to be disposed.
  4. Discard or give away propane tanks for barbecue grills.
  5. Set a date for having the utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.
  6. Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave them wrapped in the plastic when they get returned from the cleaners.
  7. Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage.
  8. If you are moving your pets, start getting them acclimated to their crate so they are less anxious on moving day. Get your pets medical records from your veterinarian.


  • Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your moving company with a destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
  • Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver your belongings to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
  • If your car is being moved, you will need to drive it to a suitable loading site that can fit an 18 wheeler truck. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location close to your home.


  1. Make your travel arrangements for the trip to your new home. If you are driving, plan the route and any overnight hotel stays.
  2. Write an inventory of all your high value items. Give this information to the mover so they can make sure it gets included in your moving paperwork.
  3. Packing Tips. If you are packing all your belongings yourself, be sure to mark and label all boxes. Write the room you would like them placed in your new house on both the top and sides of the box.
  4. Arrange for Utilities to get connected at your new home before your move in date. Sometimes it can take two weeks to get an appointment for them to come out to turn on services. This is especially important during the winter. Most homes need natural gas connected for your furnace to heat your home.


  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Sewer
  • Trash
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pharmacy
  • Lawn Service
  • Bank/Finance Companies
  • Health Club
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Newspapers/Magazines


  1. Make sure to prepare payment for the movers. Unless other arrangements have been made, payment is required in the form of Cash or Postal Money order for delivery of your goods.
  2. Create a box with all your essential items you will need for your travel. Keep this box in the trunk of your car so it is accessible. Make sure to include any medicines, maps, games or snacks you will need for the journey.
  3. Create a separate box with your valuable items and papers that are irreplaceable. This can include jewelry, birth certificates, social security cards, passports, and rare coins. Small valuable items should only be transported yourself to guarantee their safety.


  1. Defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Clean the inside and let it dry before your trip. Any moisture left inside can cause mold to grow during the move.
  2. Finish packing all suitcases and bags you are taking with you for your trip.
  3. Make sure to have enough cash with you for any unexpected emergencies during your car trip to your new home.
  4. Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark any items you do not want packed or moved. Also mark boxes you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
  5. If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
  6. Collect things you definitely want packed together and place in separate groups. These can be items such as children’s toys, electronics, and knick knacks.
  7. Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move. It is a good idea for them to be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.
  8. Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for anything overlooked.



  1. Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention.
  2. It is your responsibility to see that all your goods are loaded. Remain on the premises until all loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.
  3. Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is the receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign the declared valuation statement.
  4. Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van driver know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.
  5. Do a final walkthrough of your home to make sure nothing has been left behind.


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