Moving checklist

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

Moving Day

    • 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