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Moving Checklist: Your Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free Move


Moving can be overwhelming, but with the right plan, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a unique, week-by-week moving checklist to ensure a smooth and organized transition to your new home.

8 Weeks Before Moving: Planning Phase

1. Create a Moving Binder: Organize all your moving-related documents, receipts, and checklists in one place. This binder will be your go-to resource throughout the moving process.

2. Research Moving Companies: Get quotes from multiple moving companies and read reviews to find a reliable mover. Consider factors like cost, services offered, and insurance coverage.

3. Declutter Your Home: Start sorting through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard. Less clutter means less to pack and move.

6 Weeks Before Moving: Preparation Phase

1. Gather Packing Supplies: Collect boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers. Consider eco-friendly options like reusable moving containers.

2. Start Packing Non-Essentials: Begin packing items you don’t use daily, such as seasonal clothing, books, and decorative items. Label each box with its contents and destination room.

3. Notify Important Parties: Inform your landlord, utility companies, and service providers of your move. Update your address with the post office, banks, and any subscriptions.

4 Weeks Before Moving: Midway Point

1. Confirm Moving Details: Finalize your moving date and confirm details with your chosen moving company. Arrange any necessary permits for moving trucks if required.

2. Plan for Pets and Plants: Make arrangements for the safe transport of your pets and plants. Consider their needs and comfort during the move.

3. Take Measurements: Measure doorways, stairways, and spaces in your new home to ensure your furniture will fit. Plan the layout of your new space to streamline the move-in process.

2 Weeks Before Moving: Countdown Phase

1. Pack Essentials: Pack a suitcase with essentials for the first few days in your new home, including clothes, toiletries, and important documents. This ensures you have what you need without digging through boxes.

2. Service Your Car: If you’re moving long-distance, have your car serviced to avoid any issues during the trip. Ensure you have a roadside emergency kit on hand.

3. Confirm Arrangements: Double-check arrangements with movers, babysitters, and pet sitters. Confirm any travel plans and accommodation if you’re moving long-distance.

1 Week Before Moving: Final Preparations

1. Defrost and Clean Appliances: Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Clean your stove, microwave, and other appliances to ensure they’re ready for the move.

2. Pack a Moving Day Kit: Prepare a kit with tools, snacks, water, phone chargers, and other essentials for moving day. Keep this kit accessible to help you stay organized.

3. Label and Inventory Boxes: Ensure all boxes are clearly labeled and create an inventory list. This helps you track your belongings and makes unpacking easier.

Moving Day: Execution Phase

1. Do a Final Walkthrough: Walk through your home to ensure nothing is left behind. Check all rooms, closets, and cabinets.

2. Supervise Movers: Be present to guide the movers and answer any questions. Ensure fragile items are handled with care.

3. Clean Your Old Home: Give your old home a final clean, or hire a cleaning service to handle it. Leave it in good condition for the next occupants.

After the Move: Settling In

1. Unpack Essentials: Start with the essentials and gradually unpack the rest of your boxes. Focus on one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

2. Set Up Utilities: Ensure your utilities (electricity, water, internet) are set up and functioning in your new home. Transfer any remaining services to your new address.

3. Explore Your New Neighborhood: Take time to explore your new neighborhood. Meet your neighbors, find local amenities, and get acquainted with your new surroundings.

About cynthia

Cynthia Lippert serves clients throughout Metro Atlanta as a member of the Armstrong Lippert Group. A recognized industry leader, she is a broker associate, as well as a former president (2021) and vice president (2019) of the Atlanta REALTORS Association who understands the business from the inside out. 

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