Moving is a dreadful and long process that we’ve all done or will do at some point in our lives. It’s not the relocating itself that’s trouble but the tasks that need to be done before it to ensure an easy and quick experience. If you’re moving and are worried about packing, spending too much money, or forgetting something important, you’re at the right place. 

We’ve put together a checklist of all the things you need to do before moving to ensure your transition to your new home is as easy as possible. 

1. Make a Moving List: 

There are many tasks that need to be done for at least a month before you move. When there’s little time and too much to do, a to-do list is needed. 

By creating a moving checklist, you’ll easily be able to prioritize important tasks and keep track of everything you’ve done. When you’re tight on time, this list will help you eliminate any wasted time and it’ll be great for the day before you leave, confirming you didn’t forget anything. You can get this list done through multiple list apps in the App Store or you can go the old-fashioned way and use pen and paper. 

2. Set Your Moving Budget: 

Before you go on and spend a big amount of money on things you don’t need, you need to assess your financial situation and set your moving budget. Moving to a new place can be expensive, especially if it’s a far distance. You need to have a budget set to enlighten your choices when picking movers and looking into other options. When calculating your budget there are many factors to calculate like:

  • Movers company or self-moving (DIY move) 

  • Packing (boxes, wrapping, etc.) 

  • Insurance costs

  • Travel expenses 

  • Rent, mortgage, security deposits 

  • Road tolls and parking fees

Besides these basic expenses, you need to set aside money for emergencies too, in case something goes wrong or you need extra money. There are many moving calculators that you can find in the App Stores (like MoveAdvisor: Moving App) that will help you decide on a budget.  

3. Change Your Address: 

One of the most important things to get done before moving is to change your address for $1. You can get this done online at the USPS website or at your local Post Office. It is advised to do this at least 10 days before you move; you can set an effective date when applying for the change. 

After changing your address, you’ll need to update your mailing list accordingly. Give your new address to your family & friends, children’s school, insurance companies, banks and credit card companies, the DMV, any partners or businesses, and subscription accounts. 

Write a list of all the places you need to give your new postal address to so you won’t have any mail or packages going missing or lost. A better alternative than dealing with changing your address is to have a virtual mailbox. With a virtual mailbox, you’ll have a real street address to use as your own. You’ll be able to remotely manage all your mail and packages through your phone and won’t need to change your address every time you move. 

4. Hire a moving company or do it yourself: 

This is a decision you must make in advance before moving and is probably one that would make all the difference with your moving experience. Many people believe that if they move on their own, they would save up on money. But when you’re calculating self moving, you need to calculate gas money, truck rental (if you don’t have a truck), and manpower if someone’s going to help move your packages.  

Self moving is a good idea if you’re only moving a short distance, don’t have many big packages or valuable items, and if you’ve done it before or have people to help you move. However, it is risky and a lot can go wrong. By thinking you’re saving money, you can actually lose money on rental and gas for back on forth trips. Hiring a professional moving company to help with the move is usually the best option. You can use a moving cost estimator to get an estimate on moving services or you can contact a few moving companies and ask for quotes. 

Many companies will need to do an in-house inspection to give you an accurate estimate or will ask about the moving size (3-bedroom, 4-bedroom home, etc.) Research the companies online in terms of reviews and ratings to find the best company and compare the estimates. If you’re moving across the country or for the first time, a professional moving company is right for you. 

5. Create a Home Inventory: 

It’s time to get rid of the clutter you have in your home of unwanted things, whether I’s gifts, toys, furniture, clothes, or books. If you haven’t used the item for over a year, then you don’t need it. Create a home inventory of the things you want, things you want to donate, and things you want to sell. This will save you plenty of time while packing and unpacking and it’ll save you money too when moving. The lesser the weight, the better. In addition, you don’t want to clutter your new home and take up all your storage space.

Selling items online or having a garage sale are great ideas to get rid of unwanted items; you can even gather some money to help with the move. 

6. Packing:  

Packing is one of the most stressful and time-consuming things to do before moving. If you just leave it to last minute (or last week even), you’ll wind up messing up the packing and can risk losing or breaking things. 

Buy packing equipment like boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, labels, and anything else you’ll need. You can get free boxes from recycling centers or local stores if possible. Start packing early on and take it one room at a time, carefully pack fragile items individually. Don’t forget to label the boxes when you do, mark the urgent boxes or the ones you’ll need once you get settled in your new home. 

7. Paperwork and valuable items:   

Organize all your documents into folders and have them in a bag closely with you. This should include mortgage documents, deposit paperwork, school or medical records, and more. You also need to carefully pack your jewelry, money, and valuable items and keep it with you while moving to ensure safety.  

Moving can get hectic, be sure to keep everything important safe and near you for when needed. 


By following this checklist, you’ll guarantee having a stress-free moving day and ensure you didn’t forget anything important. Being organizing and preparing for your move will give you more time to say your goodbyes and enjoy the last few days in your old house.  

About the Author:
Logan Cale 

Bio: Passionate content creator specialized in Business solutions sector. I have a Five years’ experience in business solutions and IT services. I love to share experience about technology, startups, entrepreneurs, and Business related updates


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