Planning Your Move – A Checklist

Moving to your new home is an exciting, and hectic, time! There is a lot to do and plan for when scheduling a move to a new home. With this checklist, we hope to make it easier for you to prioritize and be more organized.

While this list is a great starting point, create your own list of items so you make sure nothing is forgotten.

Set up utilities in the new house

  • Water/sewer
  • Gas/oil/electric
  • Cable/internet/phone
  • Garbage
  • Security

Schedule ending utility services from your old home

  • Water/sewer
  • Gas/oil/electric
  • Cable/internet/phone
  • Garbage
  • Security


  • Contact the schools for the latest school calendar
  • Locate the bus stop, if needed, and confirm the time that the bus arrives


  • Your mover can provide you boxes for your move. Ask about specialty boxes for pictures, clothing and wine.
  • You can also get boxes from grocery stores, big box stores and hardware stores


  • Clean, dust and vacuum your furniture before you move
  • Dust and clean as you pack boxes
  • Vacuum your old house once everything has been removed

 Interview moving companies

  • Determine how they charge – hourly or a flat rate
  • Confirm that they are insured
  • Confirm how many people will perform the move. Have tip money available.
  • If they charge by the hour it will save time and money for you to disassemble any furniture that needs it before they arrive and confirm that there is a cap on the estimate

Packing boxes

  • Concentrate on one room at a time and don’t move on until a room is finished
  • Clearly label each box – develop a color coding system for each room and use bold color markers to write on each side of the box where the box belongs
  • Before closing a box, include a list of all the items that are in the box so you are not searching for items after the move
  • Consider which boxes you would start unloading first at your new home, and label this box with a “start here” so you know where to start
  • Do not over-pack boxes. While the movers might be strong, boxes have weight limits and boxes that are too heavy risk damage to the contents.
  • Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and newspapers
  • Set aside boxes that you want to move yourself. These include fragile items, items of high sentimental or financial value, or items that you know you will need shortly after the move

Plan your attack

  • Figure our where you want the furniture to go in each room. This helps you and your movers
  • Tools such as makes it easier
  • Use your color code system to document each room and tape a piece of paper with the color on the door frame or wall for each room so the movers know which room is which.
  • Ask your mover to keep an eye open for the “Start Here” boxes and ask them to not bury them in the rooms, so you can easily find them.

 A job well done!

  • Plan for the end of the day. The day may have run smoothly, or been hectic, but you and your family deserves a break at the end of the day. Have pizzas ordered, open a bottle of wine, put on some music and place some fresh cut flowers in your new kitchen. Be ready to relax and enjoy your new home with your family.

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