Moving Checklist | The Ultimate Printable Home Moving Checklist (2023)

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At Two Small Men with Big Hearts, we care about our customers, and we want to do everything we can to ensure every move is a successful one.

We know moving can be exciting and stressful and we want to make sure you don’t forget to do anything in the process. Use this checklist below and stay confident that you’ll cover all you’ll need to do before and during your move:

Moving Checklist

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  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved.

    Your first priority should be planning ahead of time. Make sure to check all your belongings and make an inventory of everything to be moved. Visit every room in house and decide what you’d take with you and what you want to get rid.

  • Sort out and donate any unwanted clothing or furniture.

    Once you have an inventory of all the goods you want to keep, you may want to recheck and sort it out to make a final list. Also, you may think to donate all the unwanted items that you’ve decided to leave behind like clothing, furniture, kitchen utensils, etc.

  • Have a garage sale or list them online to get rid of unwanted items.

    You cannot simply dump the things in garbage or donate everything. Many items could bevaluablebut simply would not fit in your new space. If you are having trouble getting rid ofitemsyou are not taking with you, a simple way would be to organize a garage sale or take pictures and sell your stuff on Facebook marketplace, Kijiji/Craigslist apps.

  • Start collecting moving supplies like boxes and newspaper for wrapping.

    Order or buy boxes and moving supplies such as tapes, bubble wraps, markers etc. for packing. Also make sure to order to specialty items like mattress covers, wardrobe boxes, dish barrels, etc.

  • Submit a change of address form to your post office.

    You’ll not want your bank letters, important mails or bills to be reaching your old address, once you move out. It is always better submitting a change of address to your post office ahead oftime, so you start receiving mail at your new address. Go to your postal office and fill out a change-of-address form.

  • Choose your moving company and confirm the arrangements.

    Get in touch with professional moving services 3-4 weeksahead oftheprojected moving date. Start investigating your options and do not merely rely on the quote over the phone. Moreover, it may be possible; your preferred moving company is booked for the time and date.Givemore timetothe professional moversfor planningand estimatingyour requirements. See our Moving Tip “How to Choose a Mover”.

  • Research items that can’t be moved (aerosol can, etc.).

    Find items that can be moved orones that mayrequire extra time and effort. Some heavy appliances are fitted and are extremely difficult to move.

  • Arrange for storage in your new community (if necessary).

    Your new homecould beunder renovations or therecould bewaitingperiodbefore you can take complete possession.Lease space for short termstorage ofyour heavy appliances or other valuable equipment. Usually moving companies offer storage space at discounted prices; it is always good to check with the movers before booking. View our Storage Services.


  • Start packing up your home by boxing up the items you use less often (seasonal articles, books, etc.).

    Start by packing things that you use less frequently like books, Christmas decorations, waffle iron or a croquet set. You may want to note down the value of each item you pack. View our Packing Services.

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  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned and leave wrapped when returned.

    Get your rugs and draperies cleaned before you move into your new home. The cleaners usually return them wrapped. You may not want to take them out until you reach your new place and start unpacking.

  • Obtain written appraisal of antique items to verify value.

    When you are packing, make sure to note down prices of items of special value like antiques. These items may require additional insurance from your moving company.

  • Book the moving elevator and confirm parking arrangement for truck, if applicable.

    If you are moving totheupper floorin an apartment, you should book an elevator. This will pose a less hassle to the people living on the space already, on a moving day. Also, confirm parking for the moving truck and get prior permission if you are living in a sharedspace.

  • Contact insurance company to transfer policies (life, homeowners, tenants).

    It is wise to notify your insurance company and arrange for transfer policies.

  • Prepare a list of friends, companies, and personal accounts who should be notified of your upcoming move.

    Prepare a list to alert the relevant parties that you are moving, especially, banks, brokerage firm, your company’s human resource department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, insurance and utility companies.

  • Arrange to be off work on your moving day.

    Notify the human resources department at your office that you plan to supervise the move and will need a day off. In Canada, your employer is obliged to let you take the day off if you need to move. But make sure to inform them beforehand.

  • Address minor home repairs before moving out (especially if you’re moving from an apartment).

    As soon as you find the time, address any minor home repairs before moving out. It is also easier to sell the space if the repairs are complete and the new occupants do not have to pay anything extra.


  • Start actively packing the rest of your home room by room.

    Start with one room and move onto another. Make sure not to leave anything behind, which might be of use in your new home. From curtains to shower mats, all that was yours should be taken with you.

  • Everything that can be put in a box should be. all boxes should be taped shut and stackable.

    This is one part of your moving checklist, which needs the most attention. Everything you are taking with you should be put in the boxes, taped, shut and marked with the items it bears. Pack your suitcase for enough clothes to wear for a few days.

  • Clean your home or arrange for a cleaning company to come in.

    It is a common courtesy you follow for new occupants in your home. Also, you can use the opportunity to throw away any accumulated junk and do a thorough cleaning of your home, so it is easy for the new occupants to settle down. You’ll want the same when you move into your new space.

  • Check furniture for dents and scratches.

    You should check your furniture for dent and scratches before moving company starts packing and loading it to the truck. This would give you an idea if the moved furniture got any dent or scratch during the process.

  • Label items you need to access quickly.

    Labelling helps in keeping you organized. This helps in easy unpacking, and you’ll know exactly where to find the things if you need something immediately at your new place.

  • Clean out the refrigerator/plan to defrost and dry day before moving.

    Clean the refrigerator and defrostitat least 24 hours before moving day,if you are taking it with you. Make sure it is entirely empty and clean.

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  • Drain equipment: water hoses, propane tank, gas/oil lawnmowers.

    Another thing to consider is draining the equipment before they can be taken and loaded to your new place.

  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family.

    Check the location of your new home and consider the best way to reach the place. If you are making cross country moves, you’ll want to book the flight tickets for your family and pets or make proper travel arrangements.

  • Arrange for the cut-off/activation dates for your cable, gas, electricity, water, and garbage.

    Notify the primary agencies about your move and get the cut-off dates set for cable, gas, electricity, water and garbage. Likewise, you may want to follow up with your utility agencies about the activation date at your new place.

  • Place all appliance manuals and warranties in one place for the new occupants.

    Put them in a place wherethe new occupantscan easily find them.

  • Take photos of all electronics before unplugging them, so you know how to hook them up again.

    Rather than reading manuals,takingpictures can help you assemble the equipment orwill help youworking faster at your new place.

  • Pack a lockbox with your valuable jewelry, cash, and other items of high value to take in your car with you.

    The lockbox will make sure that all your valuables are in one place and you do not find a difficult time where you’ve put what.


  • Determine which boxes and items are last to load.

    Have a close look at your inventory and tick all the things as they are loading. Youcanset priority fortheitems to be loaded first and last, according to their value and necessity.

  • All loose items are packed in boxes.

    Kitchen utensils, cutleries, decorative items should be appropriately packed in the cardboard boxes.

  • All pictures are removed from the walls.

    Make sure to remove all pictures and pack them intheboxes or wrap the bigger ones to be loaded in the moving truck.

  • All boxes are labelled with their destination room in your new home on the top and sides of each box.

    Make sure to label the boxes not just with the category of things in it, but also with the room you want that item to be placed. This makes it easier for things to unload, unpack and get in places you want.

  • No contents are in your appliances.

    Double-check all the appliances to make sureeverything is empty andthere are no contents in your appliances.

  • All items are removed from the top of furniture, cupboards, etc.

    Againcheck, all the furniture or cupboardsand if they areempty, and everything is removed from it.

  • All rooms, closets, cabinets have been checked for misplaced/ remaining items.

    Check again for all closets, cabinets and make sure that you’re not leaving behind any important thing.

  • Disassemble the remaining bedroom sets.

    Bedroom sets should be disassembled so your movers can load them quickly.

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  • Be at your new location to direct movers as to where items should be placed.

    Make sure that youreachyour new place, well before the movers can reach. This way, you’ll help them set up things at the right places.

  • Prepare an essential box list

    Don’t forget to put the following items in your essentials box:

    • Toilet Paper
    • Phone Chargers Snacks/Coffee Scissors
    • Garbage Bags Paper Towels
    • Change of Clothes Dish Soap and Towel Pet Food and Dish Portable Tool Kit
    • Minimal Cleaning Supplies Mug/Plate/Cutlery
  • Things to consider before you leave the house

    Make sure that therearenomis happeningsafter you leave the house. Here are few things to check before leaving:

    • Water shut off, Lights turned off
    • Windows shut and locked
    • Surrender house keys
    • Check for items left behind
    • Turn down your thermostat (if it’s summer)


  • Unpack, then flatten and donate the boxes.

    You can engage your moving company for unpacking and setting up your new homefor astress-freemove. Once you take out all the moved items from the boxes, make sure to flatten them and donate the boxes to the nearby charity or the people who may need help with moving.

  • Change the address on your driver’s license & car insurance.

    It is essential that you change the address on your driving license, car insurance, government insurance program and such.

  • Leave a review of your moving company.

    Your review will help the moving company build more trust with the new clients. Tell what services you liked the most or what part you did not like. This will help the company improve its service and customer experience.

  • Plan a housewarming party!

    You are finally in your new home, and it is pretty exciting. Invite friends, family and coworkers to your new home for a cozy housewarming party and have tons of fun!

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Are you moving your home? Ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Download our free moving checklist to get advice for things to take care before, during, and after your move.

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What should I do 2 weeks before moving house? ›

2 weeks until moving day
  • Pack all your non-essentials, including clothes not needed immediately.
  • Arrange for the forwarding of your post with Royal Mail.
  • Inform any local services, such as milkmen and newspaper deliveries, of your move.
  • Give out address cards for family and friends with your new details.

What should you not bring when moving? ›

Here are eleven items that you shouldn't pack when moving.
This advice will prevent you from making the same mistakes.
  1. Household cleaners. ...
  2. Lighter fluid. ...
  3. Fertilizer and Weed Killer. ...
  4. Perishables (moving the kitchen) ...
  5. Ammunition. ...
  6. Car Batteries. ...
  7. Moving Documents. ...
  8. Cash, Wills, Deeds, Jewelry, and Other Valuables.
3 Feb 2016

What should you move first when moving? ›

Pack Decor & Books

Items that are in your home purely for aesthetic purposes are good items to pack first when moving. This might include artwork, decor, books, magazines, and the like. These items are easy to pack first because chances are you won't need them during the move or the weeks preceding it.

What are 4 things you should do before you move in? ›

Moving Checklist
  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved. ...
  • Sort out and donate any unwanted clothing or furniture. ...
  • Have a garage sale or list them online to get rid of unwanted items. ...
  • Start collecting moving supplies like boxes and newspaper for wrapping. ...
  • Submit a change of address form to your post office.

What should I do a month before moving? ›

10 Things You Need to Do 1 Month Before You Move
  • Downsize. One big purge will significantly reduce the heavy lifting come packing time. ...
  • Take Inventory. ...
  • Compare Moving Companies. ...
  • Gather Important Documents. ...
  • Start Packing. ...
  • Change Your Address. ...
  • Transfer Your Utilities & Home Services. ...
  • Provide Notice.
16 Dec 2015

When should I start packing to move house? ›

When should I start packing to move? You'll start preparing for a move around a month to two months beforehand, but you won't need to start packing until two to three weeks before your move-out date.

When I move house what do I need to change my address on? ›

Change of Address Checklist - Who to Inform When Moving House
  1. Royal Mail.
  2. Insurance Companies.
  3. Utility Providers.
  4. The Electoral Role.
  5. Schools and Education.
  6. The Local Authority.
  7. GP and Other Healthcare.
  8. The Bank.
29 Nov 2019

How long does it take to pack a 3 bedroom home? ›

On average it takes approximately 3-5 days to pack a three bedroom home. Keep in mind, this isn't 1-2 hours a night of packing, it's more like dedicating 3-5 days of your life, with sleep and breaks of course!, to packing. In some instances packing is quick and easy.

How long does it take to pack up a house? ›

Your home's size. As a starting point, plan on spending one day packing for every room of your home. For example, if you live in a studio apartment, it should take you one day to pack your belongings. If you live in a two-bedroom home, assume it will take you at least three days, depending on the size of the rooms.

What to do a week before you move? ›

1 Week Before Moving Day
  • Setup utilities at the new house. ...
  • Check the forecast for moving day. ...
  • Begin defrosting the fridge and freezer. ...
  • Make a checklist for your house cleanup. ...
  • Take outgoing photos or video. ...
  • Pack everything except your “go boxes.” Everything should be packed by now, with no exceptions.
11 Jun 2022

Do drawers need to be empty when moving? ›

3. Don't Leave Drawers Full of Belongings. Please empty your desk and dresser drawers before moving day. It's natural to think that your drawers are technically like “boxes” themselves, but moving heavy furniture is hard enough when it's empty, so imagine how much heavier a dresser is when the drawers are full!

Do movers pack your clothes? ›

Generally speaking, the answer is yes, at least for most full-service moving companies. As an add-on service, movers can, in fact, come to your home and assist you with the process of packing, and this does include your clothes.

What is the best age to downsize your home? ›

Through research done by Retirement Move, we've learnt that the perfect age to downsize is 64. Downsizing at this age allows you to get the best out of your house, and means that you don't struggle with the stress and physical labour of moving house.

What is the hardest room to pack? ›

We'll list these rooms in order of difficulty.
  • Garages. Garages and sheds are a pain because there are so many odd shaped items that you can't just put in a box. ...
  • Kitchens and Dining Rooms. Kitchens and dining rooms are difficult because there are so many breakables. ...
  • Laundry Rooms. ...
  • Offices/Dens/Gaming Rooms/Man Caves/etc.
18 Apr 2020

What is the luckiest day to move house? ›

Move into your new home on a Thursday, considered by some to be the luckiest day. That is, unless everyone else is moving on a Thursday, which will make getting a van pretty difficult.

What brings good luck to a new home? ›

  • Leave Your Old Broom Behind. It is a common new house superstition that you should purchase a new broom, leaving your old broom behind at your previous house. ...
  • Boil Milk. ...
  • Burn Sage. ...
  • Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue. ...
  • Spread Out Salt. ...
  • Moving House On A Friday or Saturday.
15 Mar 2021

What month do most people move in? ›

The peak moving season usually begins in April and ends in September. On average more than 40 million people move each year in the United States. It is estimated that 80% of those moves occur between April and September, this is referred to as peak season.

What should I do at 8 weeks before I move? ›

8 Weeks Before the Move

Start sorting: Decide what to keep, discard or donate. If you're moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision making. Research moving companies: Go online to check for moving companies with positive reviews. Ask friends and family if they have any references for moving companies.

What should I do 2 months before moving? ›

2 months before the move:

Get estimates from moving companies and/or storage units. Print your floor plan and review furniture placement. Make a list of people who will need your new address. Donate, sell or throw away anything unnecessary.

How do I make a moving timeline? ›

Create a 5-Step Packing Timeline
  1. 1 week before moving day: finish packing.
  2. 2 weeks before moving day: pack the rest, and identify essentials. ...
  3. 3 weeks before moving day: pack infrequently used belongings. ...
  4. 4 to 6 weeks before moving day: downsize. ...
  5. 5 to 7 weeks before moving day: gather supplies. ...

How do you strategically pack for a move? ›

Packing Tips for Moving
  1. Use the right size boxes. ...
  2. Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top. ...
  3. Don't leave empty spaces in the boxes. ...
  4. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. ...
  5. Label each box with the room it's destined for and a description of its contents. ...
  6. Tape your moving boxes well.
22 May 2022

What is the hardest room to pack? ›

We'll list these rooms in order of difficulty.
  • Garages. Garages and sheds are a pain because there are so many odd shaped items that you can't just put in a box. ...
  • Kitchens and Dining Rooms. Kitchens and dining rooms are difficult because there are so many breakables. ...
  • Laundry Rooms. ...
  • Offices/Dens/Gaming Rooms/Man Caves/etc.
18 Apr 2020

Can I keep clothes in drawers when moving? ›

Don't Leave Drawers Full of Belongings

If items like jewelry or clothing are left inside the dresser, they often shift around and can break, rip, or slide into the space behind the drawers.

Will movers move things not in boxes? ›

It is important to know that most moving companies will require that your belongings are packaged safely, within a box. As with most moving questions that you may have, always check with your moving company to see what their requirements are.

How do you organize your moves fast? ›

How to Move Quickly: 10 Tips for a Last Minute Moving
  1. Start with the logistics. ...
  2. Make a plan for your move. ...
  3. Think beyond boxes. ...
  4. Get rid of the things you don't need. ...
  5. Hire a junk removal company. ...
  6. Set up a packing station. ...
  7. Put together a moving essentials bag. ...
  8. Don't think, pack.
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