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The Hustle of Moving to a New Home - The Checklist for a Smooth Move

We know moving to a new home can be stressful, be well organized and follow a good checklist for fewer headaches.

The Checklist for a Flawless Move


When to Move to a New Home

The Time is Right, Let's Move

We are getting the kind of weather that allows us to pack our stuff and move to a new home. Some of us move for necessity, and some move to a new home for joy. Either way, packing and hauling all our stuff is a pain in the butt. Let’s face it, no one likes to spend hours and hours going through stuff just to put it somewhere else. At the same time, it’s healthy to clean and declutter, many times we find things we have been looking for years, and we find things that we don’t even know how or when we got them.

The Cost to Move to a New Home

The average cost to move locally can range from $300 to $1,500 depending on the move’s size. A long-distance move can go up to $5,000. Of course, we can save a ton if we do this ourselves, however, we need to take into consideration our time.

Time is precious, think about your time too.

On the other hand, we need to consider how our life is going to be affected. In other words, the cost of living in Texas will be considerably different than the cost of living in California. You may be thinking to move because of a job offer, however, does that new job offers you the same quality of living you were living?

The Moving Checklist


2 Months Before the Big Day

Now that you made the decision to move, let’s look at the things we must not overlook when moving to a new home. Prepare yourself at least 2 months before the big day.

Note All, Forget Nothing

Moving Checklist.

What is recommended through the 2 months prior to the moving day.

Prepare a Budget. It’s well recommended to stay on a budget, if you do you can save a lot of time and money.

The Movers. Get several quotes from moving companies, check their insurance coverage, and book the moving date.

Contact Your Kid’s School. By now you already know which is your kid’s new school, confirm the start date and give notice to the school they are leaving.

Beware of Your Valuables. Take your time to go through your most valuable items and have a record of them. Set a special box or place for those things that can’t be replaced. See how you are going to pack fragile items.

Managing Your Clothes. Organize your closet for the season, you know how the weather in the next 2 months is and if there is something that is not for the season, just pack it and don’t look back. This also will help you to get rid of old clothes you may want to donate or add to the upcoming garage sale.

30 Days Prior to the Big Day

Organize Your Files. All paperwork needs to be secure and organized. School records, bills, contracts, bank statements, subscriptions. Either scan them and keep them digital or get a file box. You don’t want to have important papers laying around when you are getting ready to move the big stuff.

How’s the New Home? Check your new home if there are repairs to make and schedule yourself to fix them or call the contractor. It will be harder to do this task when your new home is full of boxes everywhere and you just want to unpack. Take measurements and see if your furniture fits as you want it to. Check for the appliance connections, they may differ from what you currently have.

Inventory the Electronics. Make sure that all your electronics will be in one place and safely wrapped. Don’t forget all cables and chargers needed. Some electronics won’t work with replaced aftermarket connectors.

Give Notice to Your New Landlord. In the case you are moving to a condo or apartment, make sure that your new landlord gives you the time and space for the moving truck, elevators, and certainly your new keys.

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Start Packing. See all the things that you will not use in the next few days and start putting them on the side. If you are moving to a smaller residence, consider renting a storage unit and start storing those unneeded items in the storage. Take note of what you are taking to there in case you need them.

Address Change. A couple of weeks before your move, take your time to give notice and change your address. Go to the postal office and give your forward address, you can do this online too. Don’t forget to give notice to your bank, schools, doctors, veterinary, etc.

New Utilities. This is a good moment to see all your options for cable, internet, electricity, etc. Some services are provided by the city, so contact them and tell them you are in the process of moving to their town. There are other utilities that you must choose the provider of, be sure that your services will be up and running by the time you arrive at your new home. Some services can connect on the same day, some need to be scheduled and an adult needs to be present for the installation.

Cleaning Services. If you are not doing this yourself, find who will clean your old residence. It’s called a “moveout cleaning” it will be good to have this handled by a professional. Some landlords are very strict about cleanliness when you leave a rented place and you do not want to lose your security deposit.

2 Weeks to Go

Start Packing. Organize yourself to have essential items to live for the next 2 weeks. Don’t forget to label each box and do not seal the boxes yet. Be mindful of the weight you are adding to each box, not only if you are going to carry it, but it may also break from the bottom.

The Essentials Box. This box is the one that you will use in the first 24 hours after you move to your new home.

Backup Your Computer. For some of us, our computer is extremely important, this could be your work, bank, and many other things. Make sure you back up your computer, safe cloud storage is well recommended.

Days Before You Move

Your Prescriptions. You don’t want to be short on this one, you already give notice to your doctor, however, trying to find your favorite pharmacy in a new town may not be that easy. So, refill your prescriptions.

Tell Your Old City. Give notice to the city that you are leaving. You do not want to be responsible for whatever the new resident at your old place is doing after you move.

Clean Your Refrigerator. It’s time to defrost and consume all we can from the freezer. Do not go groceries shopping. Constantly we have things in the freezer that we forget we have there. Try to consume all that.

The Moving Day


Finally, The Moving Day

Be ready early. You have been planning this for more than 2 months, you shouldn’t have left anything for the last day. You had a good night's sleep and just enough stuff to make a good breakfast.

Lookout for Your Stuff. Be ready with pads and things that can help your movers not to scratch anything. Your furniture, appliances and big electronics are important, however, the place you are leaving needs to stay in good condition too.

Cleaning Service 2. Make sure the cleaning service you hired is on time and ready to start working.

Utilities and Services 2. While waiting for your truck to be loaded, you can double-check if all the utilities and services in your new home are up and ready to be used by the time you arrive at your new address.

I would like to emphasize the new electricity company you called to service your new home. You may be able to survive without gas, water, internet, cable, and others. However, it would be hard to live without power. We depend so much on electricity to charge our phones, computers, etc. There are a few electricity companies that can connect the energy service on the same day.

The hustle of moving to a new home. Prepare yourself and your family for a new adventure. Organize the important stuff, unclutter, and get rid of forgotten items. See yourself in your new home, it's a change that can turn into a nightmare. The checklist is not to forget the essentials.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Gabriel Cueto

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