Use our easy-to-follow moving checklist to get everything taken care of before the big day.
Eight weeks before your move
[ ] Make a room-by-room inventory of your home. Note and photograph any existing damage to your furniture, so you know who’s responsible for what on delivery day.
[ ] Start getting rid of items you don’t plan on taking to your new home.
- Sell/Donate to your friends
- Hold a garage sale
- Sell items online (Craigslist, Facebook, eBay etc.)
- Donate to charities
[ ] Once you have an accurate estimate of your belongings, start exploring moving companies and getting quotes from movers.
[ ] Protect yourself from moving scams and frauds. Educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities before hiring a mover. Here are some resources to help you:
[ ] If you haven’t already, find a real estate agent to make finding a home in your new location easier. Here’s a list of the best realtors in Seattle.
Six weeks before your move
[ ] Select your moving company and begin finalizing the details of your move.
[ ] Order moving supplies and boxes. Get free shipping on all moving supplies and kits at supplies.sparefoot.com. You may need:
- moving / packing tape
- bubble wrap
- mattress pads
- moving blankets
- moving labels
- foam / packing peanuts
[ ] Hire a cleaning company for the week of your move.
Four weeks before your move
[ ] Notify your child’s current school of your move and contact your new school district for enrollment information. Transfer transcripts and/or school records if needed.
[ ] Notify the following service providers and ask for recommendations for service providers in your new community:
- City/County tax assessor
- State vehicle registration
- Social security administration
- State/Federal tax bureau (IRS)
- Insurance providers
- Health specialists
- Auto company
- Banking/Finance companies
- Credit card companies
- Health club/Gym
- Home care service providers
[ ] Begin packing and labeling boxes. Remember to pack a separate box for your valuables.
Three weeks before your move
[ ] If you’re using a moving company, remember to discard aerosols, flammables, ammunition or bottled gas. Be sure to check with your moving company for other prohibited items.
[ ] If you’re moving during the week, notify your work that you’ll be taking a day or two off for moving day.
[ ] Avoid the last-minute pile of trash on the curb—start throwing away anything that can’t be donated, sold or gifted.
[ ] If you plan on driving to your new home, get your vehicle tuned up before making any long cross-country drives.
[ ] Make arrangements to rent a storage unit, if necessary. You can quickly compare storage options in your area by visiting SpareFoot.com.
Two weeks before your move
[ ] Confirm start and stop utility service at your new and old addresses for the following:
- Cell phone
- Cable/Satellite and internet
- Trash collection
[ ] If you’re switching banks, remember to clean out your safety deposit box.
[ ] Make sure you have cash on hand for tips and moving day emergencies.
[ ] Confirm moving and transportation arrangements with your moving company.
[ ] Are you moving with pets? Make travel or boarding arrangements for moving day.
[ ] If you’re moving to a different state, check health regulations for any inoculations your pet may need.
One week before your move
[ ] Change your address online with the USPS®.
[ ] Plan your meals for the rest of the week. Begin getting rid of food you won’t be able to finish.
[ ] Finish packing everything at least three days before moving day.
[ ] Give your new address and contact information to neighbors and landlords.
The night before your move
[ ] Clean out your refrigerator, throw out any leftover food and defrost your freezer.
[ ] Pack a bag of essentials for moving day and your first night, including a change of clothes, toiletries, napkins and towels, soap, shower curtains, important documents and electronic devices.
[ ] Accompany your movers through the house as they inventory your items.
[ ] Leave your contact information for the new residents.
[ ] Do a final walkthrough of the home after movers have finished.