Residential Moving Checklist

Residential moving checklist | moving to new home checklist

Essential to a low-stress move is a comprehensive checklist. The following residential moving checklist will keep you prepared and organized. We recommend starting approximately 8 weeks before the move date with the following:

  • Begin by making a list of what you want to move and things you will get rid of. Don’t forget to return borrowed items to your neighbors.
  • Make arrangements to transfer school records to the new school district your child will be attending.
  • Keep a copy of your new address somewhere handy. You are going to need it.

Six weeks before your move

  • Have your packing supplies ready. And yes, MoveStar has great prices on a wide variety of moving supplies you may need.
  • Clean out the pantry. Time to enjoy the rest of those canned goods or give away what you don’t want.
  • Your new home will need to accommodate your large appliances and larger pieces of furniture so get out the measuring tape and review the available space in your new home. Don’t forget to measure the entry ways your large furniture will need to pass through.
  • Have a yard sale.

One month before your move

  • Schedule travel arrangements if you are moving out of the area. All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time.
  • Make transportation arrangements for your pets.
  • Call MoveStar fireman movers and schedule your move date. Our consultants will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  • Decide how much packing you can handle yourself. MoveStar offers professional packing services. We also offer white glove packing services as well.
  • Contact the post office for the Change of Address form. Give your new address to:
    • Friends and Family
    • Utility Companies
    • Insurance Companies
    • Banks and Financial Institutions
    • Creditors
    • Local Government agencies
    • Health care Providers
    • Veterinarian
    • Schools
    • Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions

One week before your move

  • Finish packing a few days before your move date. Label your boxes. “Fragile”, “Do not load” etc.
  • Dispose of items that are considered a hazard and not allowed to be moved (see our packing list of hazardous materials).
  • If necessary, notify your building manager. Reserve the elevator and a parking space at your old and new address for our packers and movers.
  • Arrange for any items that might need to be picked up. Cleaners, pharmacy etc.

One day prior to moving day

  • Empty, clean and defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours before your moving date.
  • Pack a box of things you might need at your new home. Cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items, trash bags are a necessity.
  • Pack a separate box with blankets, sheets and pillows for your bed.

What to do on moving day

    • Be on hand when the driver arrives and throughout the loading process. Make sure someone will be there to direct the movers.
    • Accompany the driver during inventory. Check on the condition of your goods as they are loaded.
    • Make a final tour of your home. Make sure that nothing is overlooked.
    • At your new location instruct movers where to place boxes and furniture.
    • Sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.
    • Be on hand to pay the driver with a personal check or credit card.


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