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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Posted: June 21, 2019

Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting – and exasperating – times. However, getting your thoughts organized before you tackle a big job is always a good way to make a small investment of time up front to save a lot of time later.

Here are a few things that may help you remember the important details so they don’t fall through the cracks.

Couple receiving keys to their new home.

Before you start – a moving checklist

  • Measure the new home to plan how your furniture will look in the new place. Don’t forget to measure the door frames as well – it’s better to know ahead of time if things will fit, or whether the doors might need to be temporarily removed. 
  • Sort through your stuff and triage what is going with you and what is going away. This is a good time to de-clutter and make a run (or two or three) to your favorite local charity store.
  • Get packing supplies and plan what you’ll put into each box. Don’t forget the labels – it’s helpful to have some idea of what’s in each box, and in what room it should land. 

Plan your time

  • Request time off of work. Even if you’re moving over the weekend, it’s good to have some time off – especially afterward, because you’ll be eager to get things put away. And rest.
  • Plan for help with childcare. Having help with small children during a move can reduce a lot of stress for you and for them.

Update important paperwork

  • Go online and change your address to forward your mail to your new address.
  • If you’re not changing jobs, be sure to notify your employer as well so HR can update their records. Same with schools, doctors, and veterinarians. If you’re moving out of the district, be sure to gather all the appropriate records.
  • Update your memberships and subscriptions.
Cat in a suitcase

Pack an overnight bag just like you would for a trip

  • Include clothing essentials, toiletries, and prescriptions. You might also want to include a big bag with towels and bedding.
  • Speaking of bags, you might want to pack a tool bag as well – one that includes a box cutter or scissors, light bulbs, toilet paper, a first aid kit, and
  • Tip your movers afterward – it’s hard work, and this is a nice way to say an extra “thanks.”

When you first move in

Once the big task is behind you, there will be a few things to keep in mind as you go about getting settled into your new home. 

  • Get to know the house in a practical way – learn where the utility ports are (water and gas valves, circuit breakers) and how to shut them off in case of emergency.
  • Help you pets adjust by setting out familiar toys and blankets for their comfort. Place food and water bowls in same type room as your previous home.
  • Unpack sooner rather than later – having things put away will allow you to relax.
  • Update your vehicle registration and driver’s license as soon as possible.
  • Find a nearby pharmacy and have your prescriptions transferred.
  • Make a list of business, vendors, and healthcare providers in your new area.   

New home security – how to ‘safe proof’ a new home

Once you’re settled, it’s a good time to think about making your new home as safe and secure as possible. 

  • Make an emergency evacuation plan in the case of fire, earthquake, tornado, etc. Have a meeting place designated for all members of the household.
  • Decide how (and where) to safely store your special documents and valuables. You may want to invest in a fireproof home safe, or rent a safety deposit box at a local bank.
  • Go ahead and change the locks. You don’t know who the former owners trusted with access to their home. Consider installing keyless smart locks.
  • Set up a home security system. The easiest way to do that is contact a trusted local company who can assess your needs with you and then professionally install and maintain your system. It’s a good way to check one more important thing off your list with little or no worry.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and introduce yourselves to your neighbors. Knowing your neighbors is essential to neighborhood safety.

New home security you can trust

There’s a lot to do – a lot to remember – including the safety of your home and family. Protect Your Home is here to help with that. Contact us today and we’ll take care of you.