Use our Moving Checklist for your upcoming Manhattan Move!
1 to 2 months before moving
- Make folder/binder for moving records such as receipts, estimates, and inventory lists, besides others.
- Plan your moving methods such as hiring movers, and truck rentals and get cost estimates.
- Check out if your employer will be able to offer moving expense benefits.
- Look for research storage facilities, if any.
- Make a schedule of connection/disconnection of utilities at new and old place.
Internet [ ] Phone [ ] Water [ ] Cable [ ] Electric [ ] Gas [ ] Garbage
- Plan out how you will move vehicles, pets, plants and valuables.
- Plan out how you will be arranging furniture in the new place – use sketch or a floor plan.
- Cling to a garage sale, sell, donate or trash unnecessary items
- Schedule transfer of records such as children in school and medical, etc.
- Obtain copies of records needed such as dental, and medical, etc.
- Obtain packing materials such as tape, boxes, markers, and stuffing/padding, besides others.
- Make home repairs, if any that you have committed.
- Return checked-out, borrowed, and rental items.
- Get your things back that you have lent out.
- Start utilizing food that you have stored so that you will need to move less
3 to 4 weeks before moving
- Decide on moving methods and make desired arrangements
- Start packing non-essential items.
- Mark boxes by room or as per the content
- Keep aside your valuable items in order to transport yourself – mark as DO NOT MOVE
- Keep a box separately to store pieces, parts and necessary tools that you will need to keep with you on move day – mark it as PARTS/DO NOT MOVE
- Make an inventory list of items, contents, as well as serial numbers of all major items – use this to update your home inventory
- Fill in a Change of Address Form online or at a post office
- Make available all your important contacts with your new address:
Family & Friends [ ] Employers [ ] Accountant [ ] Attorney [ ] Others
- Inform your credit card and insurance companies about change of address
- Cancel automatic payment plans and memberships/local accounts, if necessary
- Keep your vehicle(s) impeccably tuned-up if you are planning to travel very far
1 to 2 Weeks before moving
- Keep on packing things and clean as you go Keep those items separately that you will need immediately at your new place
- Take a day off for moving day
- Find interesting and useful things for your children to do – let them participate
- Let someone keep an eye on small children on move day
- Start packing your suitcases with clothes and other personal items for the trip
- Reconfirm your process of moving with those involved
- Ensure that your prescriptions are filled
- Unload your safe deposit box; secure those items for safe travel
- Schedule cancellation of services for your old place
Housecleaning [ ] Newspaper [ ] Pool [ ] Lawn [ ] Water Delivery
- Check your furniture for damages – note down damages on your inventory
- Take furniture like desks and shelves aside, if necessary
- Make sure that all the papers for old as well as new place is complete
- If you are travelling far then inform your credit card company in order to prevent automated deactivation
- Remove flammables such as propane, gasoline and paint, besides others
- Try to finish perished food
2 to 4 Days before Moving
- Make sure that you have all moving details and necessary paperwork
- Make an action plan in advance for the day of the move
- Schedule when and how to pick up the truck, if rented
- Prepare yourself for moving expenses such as moving, food, and lodging While packing, keep cleaning the house as well
- Defrost the freezer and clean it properly
- Ensure that all essential tools are handy such as screwdrivers, tape, wrench, and pliers, etc
- Prepare a bag for pen/paper, water bottles, documents, snacks and essentials
- Keep aside items/boxes that you are moving with yourself
- Remove bedding and take beds apart
- Get ready earlier to pick up the rented truck
- Take helpers/movers through the house and inform them what they need to do
- Take a look at the empty place in order to check things left behind – look behind doors
- Leave your contact information for new residents to send mail forward
- Take inventory before movers leave, sign bill of lading
- Make sure your movers have the correct new address
- Check windows and doors; lock them and put off the lights
- Use a security device to lock up a rented truck
At your new place …
- Check out the utilities if they are working properly, especially water, power, heating and cooling
- Do the primary inspection, note down all damages; take pictures, if required
- Clean the kitchen properly and vacuum places where furniture will be going
- Direct helpers/movers where to put things
- You should offer snacks and drinks, especially if the helpers are volunteers
- Bring together beds with bedding
- Start unpacking; begin with kitchen, bathroom and other essentials
Moving In – Weeks 1-2
- Note down damages while unpacking – be aware of time limit for insurance claims
- Replace locks if needed and make at least two copies of your new keys
- Verify that mail is now arriving at your new address
- Make sure your preceding utilities have been paid for and canceled
- Complete your change of address checklist
Bank(s) [ ] Loans [ ] Pension plans [ ] Credit Cards [ ] Insurance [ ] IRS
[ ] Family Support [ ] Physicians [ ] Accountant [ ] Attorney
[ ] Magazines [ ] Newspapers [ ] Memberships [ ] Licenses
- Schedule a time to get a local driving license and update vehicle registration
- Get local phonebooks and maps
- Find new dentists, doctors etc, depending on your needs and insurance
- Once you have moved in, update your home inventory, including photos of rooms
- Renew your homeowners insurance or renters insurance, if needed