Moving Checklist

Doing thousands of moves over the last 100 years has taught us a few things about stress-free moving.  So we want to share with you a moving checklist that will help you get organized.  We’ve even made a handy printable version that you can add to the front of your moving binder. 


(Click here for a printable version of our Moving Checklist) 

The month(s) before the move

  • Contact movers for estimates.  Make sure you compare quotes and check reviews!

  • Book your moving day. If you are planning to move during peak season (May-September) it’s a good idea to book your move a couple of months in advance to ensure availability on your desired moving day.

  • Order moving boxes and packing supplies (we deliver!)

  • Sell, donate or discard unwanted items.  Moving is a great excuse to purge old items. The money you make from a yard sale will help pay for your move!

  • Start packing.  If you don’t plan to use it…pack it!  Chipping away at items that are in storage, out of season or seldom used makes the task of packing much less daunting. 
    Pro Tip-- Use a permanent marker to write the destination for the box (Dining Room, Master Bedroom, etc) or, better yet, use the colored room labels that are included in your handy dandy Bridges Bros moving binder!  (It’s also a good idea to label boxes with a list of contents if they contain items you’ll be looking to unpack right away.)

  • Make a ‘to do’ list of any repairs or services that need to be done prior to close on the home you are selling and start doing them, or get them scheduled with a handyman/service professional.


Two Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Make arrangements for child care and/or a pet sitter for moving day.  Being able to focus on your move makes the process much less stressful.

  • Arrange for time off from work to prepare for the move and to be present on moving day.  If possible, taking the day before and after the move will go a long way to making your move less stressful!

  • Send an email or postcard to friends and family with your new address

  • Notify your local department of motor vehicles to change the address on your driver’s license.

  • Notify the post office of your forwarding address

  • Notify your human resources and/or payroll department at work

  • Notify utility companies to cancel service and set up new service:

    • Cable/Internet/Phone

    • Electric

    • Gas/Oil (also, schedule gas appliances to be disconnected)

    • Home security/alarm

  • Make arrangements for disassembly/disconnection of specialty items (pianos, swing sets, hot tubs, gas appliances, etc.)

  • Confirm elevator, loading dock, and special parking arrangements/permits for moving day at your current and destination addresses (if applicable)

One Week Before Moving Day

  • Confirm your moving day and time with your moving company. (Bridges Bros will also contact you the day prior to your move as a final check in)

  • Complete the high-value inventory form (from the original paperwork sent by your move coordinator) and choose the appropriate valuation (moving insurance) option.

  • Remove all permanently affixed items that you wish to take from walls and ceilings (drapes, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.).

  • If preparing for a closing on the sale your current home, set aside spare house keys, alarm codes and other items to be given to your Buyer.

  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, generators, snow blowers, etc.


The Day Before Moving Day

  • Pack a moving bag.  Make sure to include clothing and toiletries, along with other items that you may need to easily access (checkbook, passports, plane tickets, cash, credit cards, phone chargers and prescription medications, as well as a scissors/box cutters and some basic tools for unpacking and setting up.)
    Pro Tip- make sure to pack a roll of toilet paper!  It’s also a good idea to pack a couple of flashlights and/or candles, just in case the electricity isn’t turned on when you arrive at your new home

  • Set aside any items you will be moving in your own vehicle
    Pro Tip- house plants, floor lamps, and similar items that cannot be boxed are good items to consider transporting yourself.  If you have a small personal safe that contains important documents, etc. you should move that in your vehicle.  You will also need to transport any propane tanks from grills.)

  • Clearly mark any items not intended to be moved by your movers.

  • Disconnect TV’s, computers and other electronics. 

  • Remove any wall mounted TV’s from the wall and pack in original box (if available)

  • Prepare coolers for any refrigerated items you will transport to your new home

  • Pack all non-perishable food items and other kitchen items

  • Disconnect propane tank from gas grill. (Your mover cannot transport these)

  • Clear walkways, driveway and doorways to ensure no obstacles will be present as items are being moved

  • Remove any snow from walkways and driveway and use sand and/or salt to treat any icy surfaces. 

  • Do a final walk through, opening up all cabinets, drawers etc. to make sure nothing you care about gets left behind

  • Get a good night’s sleep!

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