Moving Checklist: 12 Weeks Out

Everyone has been there.  You know that your move is coming up and you just don’t know where to start.  Not everyone has the luxury of knowing about a move 3 or more months out.  If you do, however, these tips and reminders are an easy way to help keep the process less stressful.  A little bit each week will help get you to your end goal, not missing a step along the way (we even gave you a little break around Week 9 to catch-up).  Think of this checklist as the marathon of moving, rather than a sprint.  It’s like they say, “Slow and steady wins the race.”


12 Weeks Before Moving

  • Purchase a large portable Accordion File or 3 ring binder with dividers.
  • This file will not only house paperwork that pertains to your existing home, but it will also hold the paperwork for your new home as well as important paperwork that you will need with you.


11 Weeks Before Moving

  • Have you started to prepare your home for sale? If not, now is the time.  Your home needs to be a reflection of what a potential buyer can envision.
  • Start clearing out any clutter, pack away family pictures, etc.  What you do to stage your home for sale will help you not only sell your home faster, but you will be better prepared for your upcoming move.
  • Use our free Home Staging Checklist!


10 Weeks Before Moving

  • Begin to decide on what furniture will be moving with you.  All moving companies will base their moving estimates on what you plan on taking with you.  Your quote will be more accurate if you can provide the correct information.
  • Are you holding onto items for other family members?  Now is the time to ask them if they want those items.  If so, you need to provide them with a deadline of when they will need to be removed from your home.  Ideally, all of these decisions should be made and items removed before the mover arrives to provide the estimate.


9 Weeks Before Moving

  •  Catch-up on any of the tasks you haven’t been able to accomplish up to this point.
  • If you are caught-up, take a break and relax!


8 Weeks Before Moving

  • If you rent your home or apartment, make sure you have given your landlords appropriate notice.  Ask for a list of their moving-out guidelines.
  • Know your move date or at least have a tentative week agreed upon.  The first and last week of every month are the busiest times of the month for moving companies.
  • Get moving estimates and decide on your moving company.
    • Make sure you are comparing the same qualifications.
    • Check to make sure their movers are employees; not independent contractors.
    • Ask they provide worker’s compensation?
    • Check to make sure the address of the worker’s compensation certificate is the same physical address of business.
  • Start removing items from your basement, an attic, any outside storage sheds, etc.
  • Take a video inventory of your home using a video recorder or SmartPhone.
  • Make sure you are doing a “walking/talking” inventory.  Point out items of particular value.  Upload this video onto a flash drive so that you have a copy should the need arise.
  • Look in your freezer.  Start to use up any items as these items cannot be left inside a freezer during the move.
  • Check your pantry.  Start using up your canned and boxed items, supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Start making any necessary repairs on your home.
  • Start a task list and a timeline of when they should be completed.


7 Weeks Before Moving

  • If you are doing your own packing, you will need to give yourself enough time so that you are not overwhelmed at the last minute.
  • Pack items that are not frequently used such as china cabinets, holiday items, seasonal items, etc.
  • If you have children and will be changing schools, request that the records will be sent to the new school.
  • Color code your boxes with the room that they will go in at the new destination.  Find out the best way to label your moving boxes or how to use a color-coded moving label system.


6 Weeks Before Moving

  • Check the IRS website or ask your accountant for potential moving expenses that might be tax deductible.
  • Sort sorting the rooms of your home.
    • Evaluate whether or not you use the items.
    • Could it be sold or donated.
  • Make a list of people that you need to notify for your move.  This includes
    • Friends
    • Utilities Companies
    • Credit Card Companies
    • Doctors, Dentists, etc.
  • Notify the post office and send out change-of-address forms.
  • Make sure to notify magazine companies.
  • Contact your bank for any banking needs you may have.  Do you need to change your address, close your safety deposit box, arrange for a wire transfer of funds if you will be changing banks, ordering new checks, etc.
  • Change your address with the Social Security Administration.
  • Locate all legal documents such as wills, marriage licenses, divorce papers, vehicle registrations or titles.  If you do not have them, this is the time to obtain copies in the event you need them in your new location.


What are some things you do to get ready for a pre-planned move?