Week-by-Week Timeline Planner for Your Move
What to Do & When
8 weeks before moving
- Create a floor plan for your new residence.
- Before your moving estimate, decide which items you’ll pack, and which you’d like the movers to pack.
- Get moving estimates and decide on moving company.
- Remove items from your attic, basement, storage shed, etc.
- Start to use up things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
- Contact the chamber of commerce or visitor’s and tourism bureaus in your new community for information on your new city.
- If not already done, create a work list of repairs needed to sell the existing home.
- Hire contractors and schedule work for after the move.
6 weeks before moving
- Contact the IRS and/or your accountant for information on what moving expenses may be tax-deductible.
- Begin to inventory and evaluate your possessions. What can be sold or donated to a charitable organization? What haven’t you used within the last year?
- Make a list of everyone you need to notify about your move: friends, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
- Obtain a mail subscription to the local paper in your new community to familiarize yourself with local government, community, and social news and activities.
- Locate all motor vehicle registration and licensing documents.
- If some of your goods are to be stored, make the necessary arrangements now.
- Contact financial advisors, lawyers and accountants to obtain copies of personal records. Request referrals for your new location.
5 weeks before moving
- Contact utility and related companies (gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV, and waste management) for service disconnect/connect at your old and new addresses. However, remember to keep phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day.
- Pack items you won’t need over the next month.
- Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered. Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal property insurance.
- Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity.
- Start to tag items.
- Consider a moving sale to sell items. Start to price items or schedule estimates/appraisals/estate sale.
4 weeks before moving
- If moving from an apartment, notify landlord and request apartment deposit back.
- Notify the Post Office and get change-of-address forms. Notify magazines to which you subscribe. Note: fill out a change-of-address form for each person receiving mail at your address.
- If you have house plants to move, start preparing your plants for the move.
- Plan for the transfer of pets (or at least have someone watch them during moving day). Request pet records from veterinarian.
- Schedule garage or estate sale for the weekend.
3 weeks before moving
- Movers can’t take aerosols, flammables, ammunition or bottled gas. It’s best to use them up or give them away before you move. Contact your city/ village for information on hazardous waste disposal.
- Arrange to have major appliances serviced if/before you move them.
- Check and clear tax assessments if the home is owned.
- Collect important papers and put in a safe place (insurance, will, deeds, stock, etc.)
- Arrange for closing or transfer of bank accounts and open new accounts in new location. Account for all outstanding deposits and checks.
2 weeks before moving
- If you’re moving out of or into a building with elevators, contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators.
- Have your car checked and serviced for the trip. Also, make sure that your automobile is prepared (filled with the necessary antifreeze/coolant, for example) for weather conditions.
- Arrange to discontinue delivery services.
- Return library books, video rentals and other things you’ve borrowed.
- Collect things you’ve loaned, and items in the dry-cleaners, lay-away, cold storage, safety deposit box, etc.
- Call your mover to verify details of the move.
- Give away plants not being moved.
- Movers cannot take down TV antennas or satellite dishes. Arrange for third party service.
- Arrange for cable/satellite TV disconnection.
- Your local service provider can help you with phone, internet, cable or satellite service for your new home, if not provided
1 week before moving
- Arrange payment method for moving company and confirm mover arrival, loading and delivery dates.
- Drain gas and oil from power equipment (lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.).
- Drain water from all garden hoses.
- Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight, and other items you’ll take in your car.
- Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip.
- Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company. (Include your itinerary, emergency numbers, etc.)
- Back up computer files. Label storage devices.
- Start packing suitcases.
- Pack a local phone book for future reference.
- Have major appliances disconnected and prepared for the move (arrange for a third party to provide these services).
- Pack boxes of personal, bath toiletries, bed linens, kitchen staples and non-combustible cleaning items that will be needed upon arrival at your new home. We recommend putting these items in a clear or colored storage container for easy identification. Have these boxes loaded last or carry with you in your car.
- Organize, set aside and label those things that you are leaving or taking with you so that they don’t get loaded on the van in error.
- Anything movers are packing should be left in place.
1 day before moving
- Finish packing all suitcases.
- Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator and chest freezer.
- Keep a cooler on hand for a few food items to take in car
- You may wish to record utility meter readings.
- Make sure your glasses, wallet, medicines, car keys, maps and other important items are with you.
- Make final check of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred, garage door openers are left behind and lights are out.
- Note: It’s a good idea to confirm utilities are connected at the new residence.