Home Buyer's Guide

Moving Checklist

The experience of moving can be overwhelming, especially coming at the end of a mortgage process. For this reason, the loan professionals at First Choice Loan Services Inc. have put together this helpful checklist of things to do and consider as the move approaches.

Two Months Before

  • Create a binder for all of your moving records such as estimates, receipts and inventory lists
  • Obtain any records you may need, such as medical, dental and insurance
  • Research moving options such as truck rentals and professional movers, and get cost estimates
  • Schedule your children’s school records to be transferred
  • Research storage facilities, if necessary
  • Schedule utilities to be disconnected and connected, such as phone, internet, cable, water, garbage, gas and electric
  • See if your employer will compensate you for any moving expenses
  • Hold a garage sale
  • Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items
  • Procure any items that you’ve lent to others
  • Get rid of flammables such as paint, propane, and gasoline
  • Determine how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables

Six Weeks Before

  • Begin using up perishable food
  • Purge unwanted belongings
  • Donate, sell, recycle or trash unnecessary items
  • Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers and any special containers you’ll need
  • Plan your furniture arrangement at your new home using room measurements, a floor plan or a sketch

One Month Before

  • Select your mover
  • Start packing non-essential items
  • Set aside and label a box for storing pieces, parts and essential tools that you will want on moving day
  • Label boxes by room and contents
  • Create an inventory list of items and box contents
  • Separate and label valuable items such as jewelry to transport yourself
  • Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online
  • Update your driver’s license address
  • Cancel automated payment plans and local services such as newspapers, house cleaning, lawn service, pool service and water delivery
  • Notify your bank, insurance and credit card companies and other financial services about change of address
  • Provide your new address to important contacts such as employers, family, friends, attorneys and accountants
  • If traveling far, notify credit card company to prevent automated deactivation
  • Be sure to update your address with the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Department of Veteran Affairs
  • If you’re traveling very far, be sure that your vehicle can make the trip

One to Two Weeks Before

  • Plan to take one or two days off for moving
  • Empty out your safe deposit box and secure those items for safe travel
  • Ensure your prescriptions for the next few weeks are filled
  • Start packing suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip
  • Pack and label items separately that you will need immediately
  • If You Have Children
    • Find useful ways to involve them as much as possible
    • Find someone to help watch small children on move day
  • Disassemble desks, shelves, etc. if necessary
  • Check for damages and note them on your inventory
  • Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete
  • Double check that your contacts, service providers and subscriptions will be cancelled

Two to Four Days Before

  • Defrost the freezer and clean the refrigerator
  • Double check all moving details and necessary paperwork
  • Plan when and how to pick up the moving truck, if necessary
  • Prepare for expenses such as moving services, travel, food, temporary lodging and more
  • Set aside boxes that you are moving yourself
  • Pack water bottles, pen and paper, snacks, documents and other essentials
  • Be sure you have essentials tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, tape and more
  • Gather medications, tools, chargers, flashlights, parking permits, keys to your new home, snacks, toiletries and cash for moving day tips

Moving Day

  • Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one
  • Use a padlock to lock up a rented truck
  • Take inventory before movers leave or sign bill of lading
  • Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind – look behind doors
  • Remove bedding and take apart beds
  • Lock the windows and doors, turn off the lights
  • Take movers/helpers through the house to inform them of what to do
  • Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail
  • Make sure your movers have the correct new address
  • Verify utilities are working such as power, water, heating and cooling
  • Perform an initial inspection and note all damages
  • Take photographs of the new home where needed
  • Clean and vacuum as needed, especially where furniture will be placed
  • Identify locations of meters, furnaces and smoke detectors
  • Find out when trash and recycling pickup occur
  • Offer drinks and snacks, especially if the helpers are volunteers
  • Assemble beds with bedding
  • Begin unpacking, starting with kitchen, bathroom and other essentials
  • Check for damages while unpacking

Finally, enjoy living in your new home!