Your Moving Checklist

First, setup your FREE ONSITE estimate with Preferred Movers.


• First go through your home and decide what you want to get rid of and what you want to move to your new home. A pending move is a great time to purge!

• Contact your children’s school and arrange to have their records transferred to the new school district.

• Carry your new address in your wallet in case you need to give it out and don’t remember it.


• Place an order for boxes, tapes and other packing supplies at discount prices from Preferred Movers and get FREE shipping!

• Space plan the furniture layout in your new home to make sure that you have enough room for your furniture and that you can get large pieces through the door.

• Have a garage sale to reduce the move load and earn some extra cash.


• If moving long distance, make travel arrangements with airlines, hotel, and rental car agencies, etc. If driving, get maps and directions and plan your route.

• Call Preferred Movers to book your move date. A Preferred Movers consultant will explain all the costs and details of your move.

• If you don’t have the original packaging, arrange for Preferred Movers crate your plasma
or LCD TV.

• Begin packing, starting with items you use infrequently.

• As you pack, note items of special value that will need extra insurance coverage.

• Fill out a change of address form at the post office to forward your mail. Or do it online • If you rent your current home, give your landlord one month’s notice of your move-out date

• Secure copies of medical records and forward them to your new providers. If you’re moving out of the area, ask for referrals.

• Send drapes, rugs, clothing, quilts, and bedding to the cleaners if necessary. This way everything will be in move-in condition when it arrives at your new home

• Back up important computer files to a portable storage device that you will personally transport in your move

• Notify the following service entities about your move, either in writing, phone, or online,
as required:


Credit card companies

Insurance companies

Utility companies

Cable or Satellite TV provider

Human-resources department at work

Doctors, veterinarians, and other health-care providers

Lawyer, accountant, realtor

Magazine and newspaper subscriptions


• Arrange to transfer or close your bank account. If necessary, clear out your safety deposit box, and put the contents in a safe box you’ll take in the car for your move.

• If you have pets, make sure you have a veterinarian selected near your new home in case there is an emergency.



• Try to complete packing a few days before moving day. Have your boxes labeled and numbered. Pack and clearly mark an “essentials” box of items you’ll need right away.

• Set aside things you’ll personally bring to your new home such as jewelry, laptop computers and important files including medical and financial records.

• Notify superintendent or building manager of your move date. If applicable, reserve the elevator and a parking space near the building of your old and new address for the moving truck.

• Fill any prescriptions you’ll need over the next few of weeks.

• Pick up items from cleaners, repair shops, or friends.

• Return any books on loan from the library



• Empty, clean, and defrost the refrigerator at least 24 hours before your move. Or get an ice chest to put perishable items from fridge.

• Disassemble stereos, TVs, beds, mirrors, etc.

• We’ll call to confirm the moving day and go over the arrival time, inventory, and other details about your move.

• If you are not paying by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover), get a money order,
a cashier’s check, or cash to pay the movers.

• Prepare detailed directions to your new home for the movers. Also write down your contact information (a cell phone number and email address is ideal).

• Ask the new occupants of your home or a neighbor to watch for mail after you move – and check in with them after two weeks, and again after a month.

• Have utilities turned on at your new address a day before the move date (gas, electricity, water).

• If you have a waterbed make sure it is drained and dry.

• Pack a separate bag with blankets and pillows to make your bed.



• Plan to be home for the entire time it takes the movers to get packed and loaded. Be present to answer questions and give directions to the movers. Stay until they finish.

• Accompany movers as they inventory your household goods and resolve any questions regarding the condition of materials being moved.

• Return garage control opener to apartment manager or new residents, if applicable

• Before the moving van leaves, take one final look throughout the house to make sure nothing is left behind.

• At your new home, show movers where to place furniture and boxes.

• Check inventory to make sure everything was delivered before signing delivery papers. Note any damages on the inventory sheet.

• Sign and keep a copy of the inventory sheet.

• Unpack valuable items first, such as silver, art, jewelry.



• Keys to your new home

• Directions to your new home

• Map of new town

• Money, cash, or credit card

• Documentation related to the sale of your home

• Insurance policies and agent’s phone number

• Laptop computer, smart phones or cell phones

• Address book or personal planner

• Pets

• Jewelry & valuable items

• Prescriptions & medicine

• Important records & documents

• Photo albums

• Back up copies of important computer files

• Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home

• Personal hygiene items e.g. toothpaste, soap, and razor



• Have utilities turned off at your old address

• Walk and drive around your new community to acquaint yourself.

• Get new driver’s licenses, library cards, voter registration cards, and parking and
commuter passes, etc

• Order checks with your new address from your bank

• File your moving receipt. Some moving expenses are tax-deductible. Consult your
tax preparer

• Check to see if any mail arrived at your old home. Make sure mail is being forwarded
to your new address.

• Relax. You’ve earned it!

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