A Comprehensive Moving Checklist for Busy Families

A Comprehensive Moving Checklist for Busy Families

According to a recent survey, 45% of people said that moving house is the most stressful life event. Having a busy family life only makes the move harder. 

There are countless different things to organize, and very little time to get it all done. It’s enough to make even the most organized person crumble. 

The good news is, we’ve got your back. As you start a new chapter in your life, we’ll help you close the old one. We’ve put together a handy moving checklist to help you tackle the lead-up to moving day.

Tick off the items below to ensure a stress-free moving experience.   


Give Notice

If you are renting, you need to give your landlord notice that you are leaving. Some landlords can ask for 30 days, 60 days, or even 90 days’ notice, so make sure this is on top of your moving checklist timeline. 

Cancel Services

Cancel location-specific services like gym memberships, garden services, utilities, landline telephones, etc.

For services that you’d like to continue using, inform service providers of your change of address. This includes banks, insurance companies, newspaper delivery, cable packages, etc.

Complete a change of address form at your local post office, or you can change it online at usps.com.

Transfer School Records

Research schools in your new community and register your children at the school of your choice. Notify their current school that your children will be leaving, and have them transfer school records once your registration is complete.

Book Movers

If you’d like professional movers to assist you with the move, research moving companies in your area. Experienced movers like those at Inner City Moving & Storage Company, are fast and reliable. They will ensure your belongings arrive on time and in good condition.

Spring Clean

This is the perfect time to get rid of clutter. Sort your belongings into various piles. A pile for charity, a pile to sell, and a pile to keep.

Once you know what you’re keeping, you will know roughly how many moving boxes to buy.

Clean as you go, paying special attention to areas that are normally overlooked, like the inside of closets, fan blades, light fixtures, and blinds.

Start Packing

Start packing anything you won’t need during your last week in your house.  Don’t forget about the items in your attic and garage.  

Schedule a Walkthrough Inspection

Schedule a walkthrough inspection with your landlord. If your landlord is happy with the condition of the house, your security deposit will be paid back to you.

Finish Packing

With a few days to go, most of your belongings should be packed. The day before the move, pack a suitcase with essential items like a change of clothes, toiletries, medication, and valuables. Create a moving day checklist for last-minute packing items, like phone chargers and bottles of water for the journey.

Defrost Your Fridge and Freezer

Defrost your refrigerator and leave it to dry overnight. If you don’t defrost your fridge before you move, it will start to thaw in the moving truck, leaking water onto your belongings.

Say Goodbye to the House

Once the movers have packed everything, do a final sweep of the house to make sure you haven’t left anything behind. Hand over the keys to the landlord or new owners and say goodbye to your old home.

Moving Will Be a Breeze With This Handy Moving Checklist

While we can’t take away your moving day jitters, we can ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. 

Our moving checklist will help you keep track of everything that needs to be done before you leave.  Start your new adventure with a smile on your face, knowing you’ve taken care of all your responsibilities.

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