This checklist will help you prepare for your move. Moving isn’t the easiest of tasks, but this checklist will help plan the move so the process is as smooth and organized as it can be! Just remember moving is a great time to donate or throw out items not needed in your new location.
This is not intended to be used as a comprehensive checklist of tasks for your move.

6 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Lock in Your Moving Date:
    Reserve your moving truck service with We Move On Demand. Call us at 561-212-7570.

4 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Address Update:
    • Inform the Postal Service about your new address.
    • Notify utility companies and arrange services to be transferred to the new residence.
  • Update Subscriptions & Contacts:
    • As you receive mails like bills, magazines, newspapers, etc., contact these companies immediately for address updates. Tackling this throughout the month eases the process and ensures no one crucial is overlooked.
    • Share your new address with friends, family, and key contacts. A quick email blast, along with updates on social platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn, can be efficient.
  • Acquire Moving Essentials:
    • Stock up on moving supplies: boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, and bubble wrap.
  • School Transition:
    • If you have kids, inform both the current and the new schools about the move. Ensure your child or children are registered at the new school.
  • Employment Update:
    • Notify your workplace about your new address.
  • Start Packing:
    • Begin boxing up non-essential items. Use any free moments you have; it’s never too early to get a head start on packing.
    • Assign a specific area (e.g., a section of the family room or garage) for storing packed boxes.

2 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Assemble Your Moving Crew:

    • Reach out to friends and relatives for assistance during packing and unpacking.
  • Secure Important Items:

    • Gather essential documents like birth certificates, passports, and valuable jewelry. Consider opening a safe deposit box near your new residence for these items to avoid misplacement during the move.
  • Manage Perishable Goods:

    • Start clearing out perishable items from your refrigerator and pantry. Plan meals around these items to reduce waste.
  • Continue the Packing Process:

    • Keep packing items you don’t immediately need.
  • Inform Service Providers:

    • Notify essential services like your doctor, accountant, veterinarian, gardener, and pool technician about your change of address.
  • Host a Packing Party:

    • Organize a day for friends to come over and help with packing.
  • Apartment Moves:

    • If you’re moving from or to an apartment, ensure you’ve reserved the elevator for your move.

1 Week Before the Move:

  • Handle Hazardous Materials:

    • Safely dispose of items that can’t be moved, like combustibles or flammable liquids.
  • Return Borrowed Items:

    • Make sure to return things like library books, rented movies, or any belongings of friends.
  • Tidy Up Personal Affairs:

    • Collect your dry cleaning and laundry.
  • Banking Arrangements:

    • Open bank accounts near your new address.
  • Utility Management:

    • Confirm the transfer of utilities and set the service disconnection for the move day.

Days Before the Move:

  • Coordinate with Movers:

    • Confirm the arrival time for your movers as well as any friends and family assisting you.
  • Host a Packing Party:

    • Invite friends to assist in wrapping up the packing process.
  • Prioritize Essential Items:

    • For each room, pack an “OPEN ME FIRST” box. These should contain immediate necessities like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and specific clothes or food items you’ll need right away.
  • Stay Connected:

    • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged. Avoid packing essential items like chargers and credit cards.
  • Share Your Route:

    • Distribute copies of directions or maps to your new residence among helpers and movers. Include your contact number for easy reach.

On Moving Day:

  • Appoint a Leader:

    • Designate someone to guide the movers. They should be present at all times, overseeing the loading and unloading.
  • Double-Check Everything:

    • Thoroughly inspect all rooms, storage areas, and outdoor spaces to ensure nothing is forgotten.
  • Handle Appliances:

    • If power will be disconnected, unplug appliances and leave their doors open to defrost and drain properly.
  • Secure the Old House:

    • Ensure all windows and doors are locked.
  • Stay In Touch:

    • Don’t forget to call “We Move on Demand”!