Your Complete Moving Checklist

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At Northcoast Property Inspections, we understand that the process of moving to a new house can be quite a challenge. For some, it can be viewed as a stressful or laborious task, but with a little preparation, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free move.

As a professional home inspection company, we’ve created a handy checklist of requirements that need to be kept in mind during different stages of the move-in. Follow our checklist to complete your move-in with as little stress as possible, so that you can get back to the other important things in life.

1. Create a moving-out checklist.  

No matter how dire the circumstances may be, people find it easier to face the challenge when they have a clear plan to follow and a specific task to focus on. Having a strategy gives them reassurance and a sense of control so that they don’t panic or get stressed. Doing things one step at a time helps them concentrate and progress faster and more effectively.

So, if you’re about to embark on a tough and overwhelming endeavor, such as a residential move, you need to create a strong plan and break your final goal into achievable mini-goals that you’ll be able to accomplish in a timely and organized manner. In the event of moving houses, your best bet is a detailed moving timeline – a week-by-week moving checklist that will not only include all the tasks you need to take care of before moving day, but it will also set a specific timeframe for your completion. Here’s how you can benefit from following a detailed moving out checklist:

a. You won’t overlook anything important or forget to carry out a moving chore because all the relocation tasks (big and small alike) will be clearly stated in your comprehensive moving house checklist.

b. You’ll be able to organize your time in the best possible way, as your moving packing checklist will let you know exactly what needs to be done every single month, week, and the day before moving day, so that you can get everything ready in time.

c. You’ll be able to keep track of your progress as every completed task will be crossed out in your moving checklist and you’ll know how much you have left to do.

To summarize, a moving out checklist will help you bring order to the relocation chaos, speed up your moving preparations, and keep stress at bay.

Seven To Eight Weeks Before Moving.

1. Organize your belongings and de-clutter your home.

Sort your items in four categories – things to bring along, things to donate, things to sell, and things to throw away. You can do this by making a moving inventory of the items you’re going to bring to your new home.

2. Research your moving options.

Decide if you’re going to move by yourself or hire professional movers to help you relocate. To make an informed decision about your move, fill out a moving quote to see what different moving companies have to offer.

3. Get estimates.

Narrow down your choice to three or four moving companies that seem to best suit your needs and requirements and ask them for in-house estimates of the moving costs.

4. Choose the best mover for you.

Provide the moving company representatives with all the relevant information (show them all the items that need to be relocated, discuss possible obstacles, special requirements, delivery windows, etc.). In order to get an accurate moving cost estimate, compare the offers (prices, services, and conditions), and be careful to avoid moving scams when choosing your moving partners.

5. Book your moving company five to six weeks before moving,

Book your move and confirm all the details (pick-up and delivery times, payment method, insurance, etc.) with your chosen movers.

6. Make a moving binder.

It may be a good idea to place all your moving-related documents in the same binder but in separate sleeves or pockets.

7. Look at employment.

Inform your current employer of your move and arrange your first day of work at your new company in your new area (or start looking for a new job).

8. Settle agreements with Landlord before moving.

If you’re moving out of a rented property, notify your landlord of your upcoming move and negotiate a move-out agreement.

9. Check medical records.

Collect yours and your family’s medical records and your children’s school records. Start by looking for a new family physician and a new school for your kids (if relevant).

10. Give away old items.

Organize a garage sale or post pictures of unwanted items that you’d like to sell on an online platform.

11. Find out which items cannot be moved.

Request a list of the non-allowable items your movers won’t load on the moving truck because of their hazardous or perilous nature and decide what to do with them (discard them, give them away, relocate them yourself, or use them up before the move).

12. Get packing supplies.

See if you can get any moving boxes and other packing materials for free and buy whatever else you need. Make sure you have high quality packing supplies for your more delicate and more valuable possessions.

Three To Four Weeks Moving.

1. Donate your unwanted items.

Give away unwanted items that are still in good condition (things you don’t want to sell or couldn’t sell) to local charities. Don’t forget to get receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.

2. Change your address with the USPS.

Once you change your address, inform your bank, insurance providers, lawyers, and other important people and institutions of your new address.

3. Transfer utilities.

Arrange to have electricity, gas, and water running in your new home on move-in day and cancel memberships and subscriptions.

4. Start packing.

Pre-pack rarely used items, specialized equipment, out-of-season clothing and decorations, and anything else you’re not going to need before moving day.

Two Weeks Before Moving Day

1. Contact your moving company to make sure everything is going according to plan and discuss any last-minute details.

2. Pay up any bills or debts you may have. Return library books and anything you may have borrowed from friends or neighbors. Collect any items you have left for cleaning or repair.

3. Start using up your food supplies and get rid of any remaining items that are not going to your new home.

One Week Before Moving Day

1. Speed up your packing. Pack most of your clothes and shoes, kitchen items, jewelry, kid’s games, and toys, etc.

2. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and get a lockbox to keep them safe during the trip to your new home.

Two Days Before Moving day

1. Finish packing! Pack any remaining miscellaneous items and double-check your home to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

2. Pack your first-night box and all the items that are going to travel with you. Keep them separate from your other belongings to make sure they’re not accidentally loaded on the moving truck.

3. Pack your electronics and prepare the furniture and appliances you’re going to take to your new place for moving

Moving Day

1. You will need your focus more than ever when the big day knocks on your door. Keep your moving checklist at hand to keep a cool head during this culmination period of your relocation adventure.

2. Get ready for the big day: Have a good night’s rest and get up early in the morning to have enough time for last-minute tasks.

3. Give the truck driver the accurate destination address and your phone number, so that they can reach you if necessary.

4. Give your old house or apartment a final cleaning, take a last look around, lock the door, and start on your journey to your new home.

Even before closing in on a new home, it is essential that the property you plan on moving into is thoroughly inspected to ensure that your new home is free from hidden defects. For a home inspection company in Jacksonville, FL, reach out to Northcoast Property Inspections. Our licensed and insured home inspectors provide a range of high-quality inspection services and can fulfill all the property inspection needs of our clients.

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