Moving Checklist

After buying a new home, we all struggle with planning. So, what do you need to do in the weeks before you move?
Here’s a list of some of the things that need to be done in the 2 months before moving:

8 Weeks:

  • Ensure all plans and paperwork for your new home are completed and secured
  • Decide if you will move yourself of use professional movers
    • If you do want to use professional movers, research and request estimates from moving companies
  • Create a budget for moving
  • Create both a digital and hard file to track important moving documents
    •  receipts
    • important medical, dental, school, and financial records

7 Weeks:

  • Compile copies of financial and legal records
  • If you have children, request school records to be transferred
  • Cancel or transfer gym membership
  • Contact insurance agent to see if adjustments need to be made for a new policy

6 Weeks:

  • Determine what to do with valuable items
  • Begin taking inventory of all your items and separate into nonessential, essential, and unneeded/unwanted categories
  • Discard broken, irreparable, or other unwanted items
  • Start planning a garage sale for unwanted items

5 Weeks:

  • Purchase or collect moving supplies
    • boxes, tape, etc.
  • Begin packing, staring with nonessential items and clearly label boxes, including what room it will be placed in once moved, such as bedroom, kitchen, or living room
  • File a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service or request them to hold mail at the post office in your new neighborhood

4 Weeks:

  • Notify utility services at your current and new locations of relocation. This includes:
    • Electric
    • Water
    • Gas
    • Cellular/Telephone
    • Cable/Satellite
    • Internet
    • Sewer
    • Waste Management
  • Make reservation for moving truck or professional movers
  • If self-moving, notify family, friends, and other help of the moving date
  • Have the garage sale for unwanted or outgrown items

3 Weeks:

  • Find a company that will dispose of unused flammables, corrosives, poisons, and other items that cannot be shipped, except for food.
  • Donate or discard any unsold items from the garage sale
  • If driving a long distance for your move, have your vehicles serviced

2 Weeks:

  • Begin notifying the following services of the move:
      • Accountant
      • Attorney
      • Bank/Credit Union
      • Credit Card Companies
      • Car Insurance Provider
      • Car Loan Provider
      • Financial Planner
      • Doctor
      • Dentist
      • Veterinarian
      • Health Insurance Provider
      • Pharmacy
      • Magazine Subscriptions
      • Newspaper
      • Video Streaming such as Netflix, if you are subscribed to the mailing service
      • Social Security Administration
      • IRS
      • Veterans Administration

1 Week:

  • Review moving plans
  • Give new address to friends and family
  • Pack remaining essential items
  • Pack personal essentials in a box to keep nearby during move
  • Fill any prescriptions needed during the move
  • Drain gas, oil, and other fluids from lawn care equipment, grills, heaters, etc.
  • Drain water from hoses
  • Take measurements of doorways and furniture to ensure furniture can fit through
  • Empty the refrigerator of any food products and defrost at least 24 hours before moving
  • Deep clean your living space



About The Pelatti Team

We are a Real Estate Team located in New City, NY. We are available to offer our expertise to help those looking to engage in any Real Estate transactions such as buying, selling or renting commercial or residential property. Our area of expertise is in Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York as well as Bergen County in New Jersey. Our team is made up of 3 members: Rosemarie Pelatti, Ilene Angel, Joseph Pelatti, Lymari Rodriguez, and Kristin Pelatti
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