The day of a move can be hectic, and busy with coordinating several people. This checklist will help to alleviate moving day stress and ensure you don’t forget the little things that can often get missed or forgotten.


  1. Family Records. It is a good idea to gather up all your important family records and put them into a separate box that you personally move (not with the moving van). Things like your family’s dental, medical, school, and financial records. Although the moving company is insured, it cannot replace these irreplaceable documents and other valuables. Keep them with you for the best security.
  2. End delivery services. We can easily forget to let delivery companies know we are moving. Cancel newspaper subscriptions, water bottle or cloth-diaper deliveries. Don’t forget to let gardeners, pool services, maintenance, furnace repair people and other annual contract service providers know you are moving.
  3. Forward your mail. The post office provides “We are moving” postcards to be mailed out to all your friends & family. Don’t forget to include other people who send you mail such as; magazine subscriptions, service groups, charities, credit card billing companies, utility providers, and tax authorities. It could be costly to not receive notices from these companies and not respond in a timely manner. Contact your post office about your change-of-address and the mail-forwarding services they offer.
  4. Inform your neighbors. Give them a heads up that you are moving and give them your forwarding contact information, in case you missed someone and they happen to ask a neighbor. Plus, you don’t want them to call the authorities about a “theft in progress” because they didn’t realize you were leaving the neighborhood.
  5. Contact utility companies. Call your phone, TV, internet and utility providers to let them know the day you are moving, and your forwarding address so your final bills arrive at your new home. Coordinate (at least 30 days in advance) about disconnecting and possibly reconnecting (in the same community). It sometimes takes them a few weeks to schedule you in for a reconnection, and you don’t want to be left waiting that long to get on with your life in the new home.
  6. Alarm Systems. Be sure the new tenants (or property manager) know the alarm code (& phone #’s) to your old home so they can get in and not set off alarms & police response. Don’t use your old code for your new home.
  7. Book a Moving Company. Don’t leave this until the last minute. Book well in advance, because most moving & rental companies are in high demand at the middle and end of the month and weekends when most people want to move. A mid-week move may save you some money too. Get accurate quotes and shop around.


  1. Once the bulk of the move is completed, there are still a few things to think about and do before you finally say good-bye to your old home. Be courteous to the new incoming tenants and follow these tips.
  2. Turn off & unplug appliances. Check major appliances like the fridge, stove, washer & dryer, air-conditioning, etc. Since power is going to be turned off, this will save an overload surge when it comes back on. Leave plugs & associated wall sockets in plain view for new tenants.
  3. Turn off or (program if appropriate) the automated irrigation system. Leave instructions on re-programming.
    Set thermostat (or air-conditioner) to appropriate levels for the season. This is important in the winter to avoid freezing pipes, and no one likes to move into an overheated home.
  4. Close blinds & draperies. Leave one of two lights on, so the home doesn’t look unoccupied, even though it is.
    Activate the alarm system (but leave the code with someone who will need to deactivate it).
  5. Secure & lock up. Doors, gates, garage doors, sheds, etc. Leave necessary combination codes or keys.
  6. Courtesy Ideas: Leave a roll of paper towel and toilet paper, replace light bulbs, clean all rooms, vacuum and leave a welcome note for the new tenants.
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