There are so many details to handle as you prepare for a move. It can seem like a daunting task. This checklist will help you manage the process and not forget anything.

Packing and Moving

If you’re hiring a moving company, get a firm bid in writing.

Try and consume canned food and frozen items before the move.

Drain gasoline from your lawnmower. Drain any water from your garden hoses.

Dispose of any flammable or hazardous items. Do not move these if they can be easily replaced.

Moisten plants before moving.

Pack a “first night” box with coffee, bedding, household cleaners, toothpaste and toothbrush, pet food, and other essentials that you expect to need upon arrival.
The Important Stuff

Call utility companies (electric, water, cable) to cancel your current services and sign up for services in your new home.

Packing Smart

The more organized you can be in your packing, the easier it will be to unpack and settle into your new home. It’s also the best way to make sure you don’t lose or break anything during the process. Here are some basic reminders on how to pack well.

Don’t use damaged boxes.

Use quality movers tape to secure items properly.

Don’t put heavy items in large boxes.

Put heavier items at the bottom of a box and label these boxes as heavy.

Collect all of your important documents – birth certificates, passports, medical records, and carry these with you instead of packing them.

Have any necessary prescriptions filled and carry the medication with you.

Precious items such as jewelry or your family photo albums should also carried with you instead of packed along with other household items.

Before You Leave

Conduct a last­minute walk­through. Check drawers, closets, the basement, and the garage.

Make sure everything is turned off and locked up.