Organized Moves are Less Stressful

Moving can be an extremely overwhelming and daunting task. Whether you are moving for a job or a new adventure; just down the street or across the country--moving is a big task that requires some project management skills. Getting organized for the move a couple of months in advance can really help relieve stress. Here is a simplified moving checklist to help you prepare for a relocation. This list is a starting point for you. Copy this checklist into a new document so you can create a custom one for you and your family. Share this with a friend or family. They will appreciate it! Call us if you want help on either side of your move.


  • Get the entire family involved and go through your home and decide what you treasure and what you can release. (Pre-Move Purge) Don't pay to move items you don't need, use, want or love.
  • Start researching moving companies or reserve a truck. On-site estimates are best.
  • Create a “moving binder” to keep track of all important information.
  • Create a small portable records box for medical, dental, shot and prescription records that may be needed upon arrival.
  • Arrange to have school records and other important records transferred.
  • Make sure to take off work the day of the move. You must be present for the packing and unloading on both ends of the move (or hire someone to manage your move).
  • Make a plan for your pets and children. Hire help if needed. This reduces stress.
  • Stop buying any items in bulk! Moving paper goods is expensive.


  • Choose your mover and confirm all the arrangements-date, cost, etc.
  • Order supplies-boxes and other supplies such as labels, tape and bubble wrap.
  • DIY moves - begin packing items you don’t use often-garage, holiday, attic, etc.
  • Start using up items that can’t be moved like frozen foods, aerosols, etc.
  • Notify your professional and utility services about your move (new and old).
  • Notify insurance companies about the relocation-car, home, renters.


  • DIY moves - pack the bulk of your items, making sure to clearly label all boxes.
  • Arrange for a cleaning company to ready your new house before you arrive and your current home. This reduces stress to have trained professionals clean your home.
  • Complete a change-of-address form with the US Postal Service (online).
  • Let any accounts/services know of your move (newspaper, clubs, etc.).
  • Pack a last-out, first-in box of essentials to keep with you during the move.
  • Plan your meals for the last weeks to use up food.


  • Defrost your freezer at least 36 hrs in advance.
  • Use the self-cleaning option on the oven 48 hours in advance.
  • Make sure everything is in working order in your new home (local move).


  • Manage and supervise the packers and movers at all times. Ensure all hardware and cords for furniture and electronics are taped to the item with painters tape in a baggie or create a box for it all. Label it "VERY IMPORTANT PARTS & PIECES".
  • Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind. This happens more than we care to share! Everyone trusts the movers and others to do it, but you must do it. Also, ensure the box that stays with the house did not get loaded.
  • Before loading and unloading the truck--protect floors, carpet and door frames with protectors in your current home and new home. Floors can get soiled and scratched if you do not do this step.
  • If using movers, take inventory before they leave and sign the bill of lading (BOL).
  • New home--unload your items and begin unpacking and settling in. Hire help to save your backs and your mind.