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The essential moving checklist

A checklist of to-dos to help you get ahead of packing, moving, and everything in between.

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Moving can be one of life's most stressful events, but it doesn't have to be. Use this timeline and checklist to get organized.

8 weekends out

  • Hire a moving company, reserve a formal storage unit, or book a truck if you plan on moving yourself.
  • Begin de-cluttering, selling, donating, or trashing items you don't plan on moving.
  • Review your move with your home or renters insurance company to see if you have any coverage gaps. Remember, breakage is typically not covered.
  • Create a moving folder for all your moving, home or apartment insurance related documents.

6 weekends out

  • Create a packing list to easily reference each item you will need to pack.
  • Calculate moving box and supply needs.
  • Buy moving supplies including boxes, tape, and packing materials or grab free boxes at your local liquor store or supermarket.

4 weekends out

  • Pack all your non-essentials: off-season clothing, sports equipment, things stored in your garage and basement.
  • Sell, donate, or store items that you don't have a space for in your new home.
  • Set up mail forwarding and update your address with your bank, home insurance company, doctor's offices, etc.

2 weekends out

  • Pack all non-essential items in your kitchen, bedrooms, and living spaces.
  • Inspect your home and make any needed repairs.

1 weekend out

  • Finish packing all your rooms, clean up, and clean out your current home.
  • Transfer utilities to your new address.
  • Consider getting ahead of any laundry you might need to do.

The night before

  • Pack a box of essentials you'll need at your new place on moving day: toilet paper, soap, paper towels, and garbage bags. Don't forget your phone charger and moving folder.
  • Do a final cleaning and room run-through to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.
  • Get a good night of sleep – you have a big day tomorrow!

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