The MoveValet Moving Checklist

At MoveValet, we understand that in order to have a successful move, you need to begin the planning well in advance. As a result, we have developed our proprietary Pre-Move Checklist to ensure each of the necessary details are addressed well before moving day…and don’t forget, if you have any questions or other needs, you have your personal MoveValet, who is with you Every Step of the Way.

First Step: Planning

There is an old saying: “Failing to plan, means planning to fail”...this couldn’t be more appropriate to the moving process. At MoveValet.com, we are going to provide you with all the tools and support to ensure you have a winning plan. To begin, you have access to a detailed checklist that will walk you through the process. We have created a handy printable version or you can work off of our website. In either circumstance, adhering closely to these steps will not only remove stress, but will also ensure a smooth move and easier transition into your new home.

Second Step: Preparation

There is another old saying: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…” There are a lot of steps in preparing for your move and our checklist is designed to help keep you organized and on schedule.

Two Months Before

1. Make memories.

Take photos of the current house. These may become valuable memories down the road, and will help determine where items can fit in your new home.

2. Take inventory.

List the important items in your home. It helps to take photos and write down descriptions of your items. This process will also determine what you need at your new house.

3. Decide what to bring.

Start to go through your belongings. Determine what you will take with you and what you plan to give away. Your moving cost is directly impacted by how many items are transferred.

4. Organize records.

Gather essential belongings, like insurance paperwork. Also, contact your doctor to get a recommendation for physicians in your new area and have your medical records transferred. If you have children, contact their school to have their documents transferred.

5. Notify your landlord or management association.

Most landlords/management associations require a minimum notice before ending a lease or scheduling a move. They may also have pre-moving policies, such as an apartment walkthrough. Don’t forget to ask about your security deposit.

6. Talk to your kids.

Moving can be a tough time for children, especially if this is their first move. Keep them in the discussion, so they know what to expect. Don’t get rid of too many of their possessions – moving is stressful enough, and holding on to familiar items can give kids a sense of security at this uncertain time.

One Month Before

1. Start packing.

The packing process can be daunting. Remember, one bite at a time. The best way to start is with items you don’t often use.

2. Clearly label each box.

This will make items easier to find later. If you commit to a few boxes a day, you’ll be amazed at the speed of the process.

3. Track moving expenses.

Some of them might be tax-deductible, which your accountant can guide you. This is part of the Fixed Price Advantage of MoveValet — knowing in advance what moving costs will be.

4. Plan your grocery purchases.

Don’t over-purchase food, because non-perishables should be kept to a minimum, so you have less to pack. Buy your items strategically. Wean down your belongings to move as little as possible.

5. Recycle and donate.

Also, as you’re packing, identify items you haven’t used in years and determine whether you will need them going forward.

6. Notify the Post Office.

You will need to fill out a change of address form, either in person or online. If there will be several days between when you leave and arrive at your new place, ask the post office to hold mail for you. Take an inventory of important mail you receive, checking that insurance, credit card companies, magazines, etc. are all made aware of your change of address.

7. Stay in touch.

Make sure that you exchange the most current contact information for friends, family and any continuing businesses.

8. Transfer or cancel memberships.

Does your gym have a location in your new city? Contact them to transfer your membership, so you can be off and running when you arrive. Are there any automatic receipt of items, such as monthly pet food deliveries, that you need to cancel or notify them of your new address?

9. Properly dispose of hazardous materials.

Dispose of flammables, such as gasoline, fireworks, matches, cleaning fluids, bottled gas; or aerosols, acids and caustic drain cleaners, etc. These items can’t be safely moved, so don’t take them with you.

10. Take care of nagging things you’ve been avoiding.

When is the last time you had an oil change? Do you have any prescriptions that are nearly complete?

3 Weeks Before

1. Plan the travel to your new home.

If you are moving interstate, call to make flight, car rental, or hotel reservations well ahead of the departure to confirm you can get the dates that you need.

2. New home repairs.

Depending on if this is a local or long distance move, you might be able to get estimates on new home repairs. If you don’t have that luxury, plan ahead by contacting vendors in your new community. Understanding your cost is critical to a stress-free move.

3. See if everything adds up.

Measure doorways and staircases against some of the larger pieces you will be moving. If appropriate, disassemble any pieces that won’t make it through. Properly store items, like screws, and clearly label all parts to make later assembly easier. If possible, obtain measurements for the new home, as well. Contact your MoveValet concierge if you have any concerns.

4. Do any of your appliances need to be serviced?

If there is a gas or water hook-up, you will need to disconnect them. Your personal MoveValet concierge can give you a hand with this.

5. Check your insurance.

Call your insurance company to ensure that the move is covered. Also, make arrangements to have your policy transferred to your new home.

2 Weeks Before

1. Give and Receive.

Return belongings you have borrowed, such as library books or the neighbor’s sugar bowl. Also, remember to collect items you have loaned. Don’t forget to retrieve materials at the dry-cleaners and safety deposit boxes, too.

2. Alert your utility company.

Let your current utility companies know when you will be leaving so those services can be discontinued. Plus let the utility companies at your destination know when to turn them on.

1 Week Before

1. Finish packing.

Remember to pack important items separately, and consider keeping these belongings with you during the move. Clearly mark the boxes so you know to open them first.

2. Touch base with your MoveValet concierge.

Contact us to confirm the specifics of the move day. Check that we have the most up-to-date contact information, especially your phone number.

3. Clean.

Start by cleaning rooms you don’t use as often. Remember, you should do one last cleanup before you move out, so set aside some cleaning supplies, like a broom and dust cloth, for the final sweep. If you’d like a cleaning service, call your MoveValet concierge for assistance.

4. Transfer your bank accounts.

Make sure that your account records have been transferred to the branch in your new city.

5. Confirm your travel reservations.

Finalize details on your flight, car rental, etc. If you are staying in temporary housing, such as a hotel, before move in, confirm those reservations, as well.

6. Set aside necessities.

Check that you have important items like maps, tickets and credit cards for travel.

7. Get equipment ready.

If you are moving any gardening equipment, drain water from hoses and gasoline from your lawnmower.

8. Possibly find a sitter.

The actual moving day may be overwhelming for small children and pets. Consider finding them a sitter for the day to minimize the stress for everyone.

The Day before your Move

1. Pack your suitcase.

Pack a suitcase with the items and clothes you need for the day of the move, travel and upon arrival. Once you get to your destination, you will be glad that you can relax for the first day, rather than having to hunt through boxes for jeans.

2. Get the refrigerator ready.

Defrost and clean the refrigerator, disposing of any leftover food.

The Day of your Move

1. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Starting with a nutritious breakfast will give you energy to start your move off right.

2. Walkthrough with the movers.

When the movers arrive, take time to walk through your house with them and inventory all of your items.

3. Last look.

Once the movers have finished, walk through the house to check that everything has been loaded. Make sure all of the lights are off and that windows and doors are locked. Turn in your keys.

Moving In!

1. Show up early.

Plan to be at the house ahead of movers, unlock the house, check that utilities have been connected and start to decide where you would like to place the major items in your home.

2. Give yourself time to unpack.

You don’t need to do it all at once. Unpack the most important belongings first. Go through your inventory list to inspect that everything is accounted for. Follow the same logic you used when preparing: one step at a time.

3. Safety First!

Take the time to find the fire extinguisher, circuit breaker, water shut-off valve and emergency exits. Test the smoke detectors.

4. Treat yourself.

Remember those cool new restaurants you wanted to try? Choose one, and treat the family to a night out. You won’t have to cook, everyone will get to relax and you will have a chance to see the new neighborhood.

In the Weeks after your Move

1. Transfer records.

Check with your kids’ schools and new doctor to make sure all necessary records have been transferred.

2. Update emergency contact list.

Know the numbers for the local police, fire department and hospital. Post your new address next to the list for reference.

3. Register your vehicle.

If you've moved to a new state, register your car and get a new driver's license, tags and/or plates for your vehicles.

4. Register to vote!

If you have moved to a new voting district, register to vote so you can have input on important decisions in your area.

5. Get connected!

Consider a subscription to the local newspaper. Look online for community calendars of events or apps to let you know what is going on in the neighborhood. The local library can also be a great resource for local information.

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