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Moving Checklist

My Move Hero in Denver, CO

7-8 Weeks Before:

  • Set your moving date.
  • Make a budget for moving expenses.
  • If your move is business-related, ask your employer which moving expenses they will pay.
  • Begin taking an inventory of each room in your house. Decide what to bring and what to sell, donate or throw away.
  • If you are selling items, make arrangements (online, yard sale, etc.).
  • If you are donating items, deliver them or arrange for pickup. Save receipts for tax records. Find a tax consultant if you need help.
  • Get packing materials like boxes, cartons and labels or call Stallion Movers to learn more about packing services.
  • Speak to your insurance agent in case you need to transfer or cancel your insurance coverage (medical, property, fire, auto, etc.). Find a new insurance agent if necessary.
  • If you are moving to a foreign country, be sure your documents (passport, visa, inoculations, etc.) are up to date.
  • If you’re moving to a new country, research financial and insurance options.
  • Book transportation to your new home.
  • If your children will switch schools, research new schools and contact them for enrollment.

4-6 Weeks Before:

  • Check with current utility companies (gas, electric, water) to either switch or cancel services. If cancelling, check for a deposit refund and find new utility companies.
  • Cancel or transfer telephone numbers and services, as well as cable and/or internet services.
  • Cancel or transfer home services (landscaping, snow removal, etc.)
  • If you’re moving your pet, investigate pet relocation services.
  • Make plans for moving special items like a piano, grandfather clock, plants, etc.
  • When packing, be sure to separate cleaning materials, tools and garbage bags so they are handy on moving day.
  • Think about where you’d like your furniture to go in your new home. Create a floor plan.

3 Weeks Before:

  • Collect everything you have loaned out, had repaired, stored or cleaned and return everything you have borrowed.
  • Make hotel reservations if you’ll need them.
  • Gather your important documents (insurance, medical, finance, legal, school records, etc.).
  • Get your automobile serviced.
  • If you need to ship your vehicle, find a transportation company.
  • If you are not taking your car with you but are renting, then find a car rental agency at your new destination.
  • If you have newspaper or magazine subscriptions, notify them of your upcoming address change.
  • If you have a pet, check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations.
  • Have a farewell party.

2 Weeks Before:

  • Find storage options for those items you cannot move immediately and may need to store temporarily.
  • Transfer or close bank accounts.
  • Make sure you have home insurance coverage from the day you move in to your new home.
  • If you drive, find out if you’ll need to convert your driver’s license or get a new one.
  • Make backup copies of important files on your computer before packing everything away. Scan paper documents so you have backup electronic versions.
  • As you pack, label boxes with helpful descriptions such as ‘Fragile,’ ‘Load First,’ ‘Load Last’ and ‘Do Not Load.’
  • If you have any hazardous material you aren’t taking with you, dispose of it properly (batteries, computer equipment, paint, chemicals, etc.).
  • If you are transporting a lawn mower or power tools, be safe and empty the oil and gasoline.
  • Find a cleaning service to do a final clean of your home.
  • Notify your friends and/or family of your new address and phone number(s).
  • Alert health care providers of your change of address or find new health care services.
  • Consider moving your jewelry and other valuables (wills, stock certificates, etc.) to a safe deposit box or other secure location to prevent loss or theft during the move.
  • Arrange to keep important items close to you during the move (passports, documents, jewelry, collectibles, photos, etc.).

1 Week Before:

  • Separate and label items you will take so that the movers don’t transport them.
  • If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move.
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you’ll need during the first few days in your new home.
  • Go to the post office to arrange for your post to be forwarded (there is usually a fee for this service).
  • If you have any prescriptions, transfer them to a drugstore or pharmacy in your new town.
  • Alert your realtor and neighbors that the house will be empty.
  • Research your new neighborhood (city council, crime rates, parks and public spaces, transportation, shops, banks, leisure and cultural activities, nightlife, etc.).
  • Make arrangements for payment to your moving and/or packing company, either in advance or on moving day.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your fridge and freezer.

Moving Day:

  • Caution the packers, movers and/or driver about fragile or precious items.
  • Oversee inventory as it is being loaded.
  • Read the Bill of Lading and Inventory carefully before signing and keep them in a safe place.
  • Double check that the driver has the proper delivery address and scheduled delivery date/time.
  • Give driver relevant phone numbers to contact you in case of a problem or change.
  • Do a final check both inside and outside of the house. Do not leave your old house until after the movers have gone.
  • Turn off all lights, heating, air conditioning and water. Lock all doors and windows. Check security systems, alarms, etc.
  • Don’t feel stressed to have everything organized immediately. Give yourself a few weeks to get settled.
  • Upon moving in, change all locks and get a security/alarm system.
  • Read architecture and design magazines and websites for inspiration on how to personalize your new home.
  • Visit a home show to get decorating ideas for style, design, floor plans, etc.
  • Make sure your new home is environmentally friendly. Go green!
  • If you will remodel your new home, see our ‘Renovate a House’ checklist.
  • Hire an interior decorator.
  • Find painters.
  • Inspect the areas outside your home and remove poisonous plants.
  • Once you are settled in your new home, have a housewarming party!