Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a human’s life – physically, mentally, and financially. The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) reported that the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170 while interstate moves cost an average of $5,630. As far as time needed, 2 Brothers Moving & Delivery recommends using this handy algorithm:
Time = (Access X # of items) + Drive time + Prep/Packing + Placement Decisions
We want to make sure our clients are as prepared as possible for this major life event which is why we stress the importance of a move-out checklist starting 30 days prior.
Thirty Days Prior
Decide if you will use a moving company or do the heavy lifting yourself. If you opt for movers, start researching companies in your area and request quotes. If you’re moving yourself, research local truck rental companies and calculate estimated rental+mileage costs. One option is to visit Uhaul’s website and reserve the appropriate truck (play it safe and get a larger moving truck than you’d expect) and at the end of the checkout process you will see a link to view moving companies in your area with ratings.
Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.)
Create a flow plan of your new home to make moving/placing furniture and appliances easier.
Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter. To quote the great Marie Kondo, “the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” If you’re downsizing or just looking to declutter, we highly recommend reading Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Get your new home ready – contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, set up all utilities, etc. so the home is ready when you arrive.
Twenty-One Days Prior
Submit a change-of-address form to the post office. It can be done in-person or easily online here.
If you’re relocating to another city ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals and obtain a copy of your medical records.
Start using foods, cleaning supplies, and other goods that you don’t plan on moving.
Make your reservation for either a moving company or truck rental company.
Fourteen Days Prior
Schedule disconnect dates for of all utility services at your old home and connection of services at your new home. If you’re moving within your current city/county, many service providers allow you to transfer/update your accounts without having to disconnect.
If you’re doing the packing yourself, obtain packing materials (boxes, packing tape, foam/padding, etc.). You can start packing items you don’t plan on using until after you’re settled in your new home.
Arrange for the cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
Ten Days Prior
Collect all important records for safe transport. This would include personal and family records, school records, legal documents, birth certificates, passports, and insurance documents.
Properly dispose of items that won’t be moved and you don’t plan on using such as flammable liquids, oils, and paints. View an extensive list of items movers won’t transport here.
Prepare your car registration for transfer if you’re moving to a different state.
Seven Days Prior
Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items (like that casserole dish from the neighbor’s potluck last summer).
Transfer your prescriptions to a new local pharmacy and make sure you have an adequate supply of medication on-hand.
Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home. This could including maintenance records, blueprints, instructions for special/unique home amenities, warranty information, and appliance manuals.
Pack a travel kit that’s easily accessible throughout the duration of your move. Set aside critical items like a checkbook, credit card, ID, toiletries, Tylenol, and bandaids. If your move is long distance make sure you pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal necessities.
One Day Prior
Disconnect and prepare major appliances.
Set aside any belongings that won’t be traveling in a moving truck.
Make sure to pack a box of items that you’ll need right away at your new home and clearly mark the box “Load Last”.
Confirm your reservations and accepted method of payment, either with a moving company or truck rental company.
Get a good night sleep!
If you’re using movers, make sure someone is home to answer questions and confirm timelines. Read your bill of loading and inventory carefully before signing and keep this paperwork in a safe, easily accessible place.
Do one last walk-through of the home once all boxes have been loaded to the truck to check for missed items or damages.
We hope this checklist will help make the move-out process more manageable for you. For further reading, check out the AMSA’s FAQ site. Have any of your own moving tips? Let us know in the comments below! And be on the lookout for a future blog on a moving-in checklist!