Week-by-Week Timeline Planner for Your Move

Following is a standardized, week-by-week timeline of how your move should progress.  Download and print A Move Made Simple Timeline Planner (.pdf) and keep it close. Have a great 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.

Moving day!

  • 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.