Moving Checklist 2020 (Stage by Stage)



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Relocation can be stressful and complicated. However, having a pre-packing checklist before the start of the exercise can lessen the stress and make the relocation activities a hassle-free experience. Organizing and proper sorting of your stuff by purging yourself of unneeded things ahead of time can significantly reduce your stress and moving costs

Moving Feedback has put together a carefully researched Moving Checklist to help you remain organized and focused on achieving your relocation objectives with ease.

You’ll find the list comprehensive enough and includes every necessary task that you may need to accomplish in your relocation task in a less stressful and enjoyable manner. We believe that moving plan should start enough to ensure everything is perfected without missing anything. You may want to hold a “garage sale” to clear out your unwanted household items. Read our post on “Moving Sale” here.

Stage-by-stage Moving Checklist

This checklist will take through the entire process of moving starting from two to three month of making a decision to move. Highlighted below is a stage-by-stage comprehensive moving checklist for your move:

2 – 3 Months before Moving

Having found and completed your rent formalities on your choice home, it’s time you started packing your things. It is advisable, to begin with preparation of a relocation checklist. Within about two months before moving, you should start seeking quotations and comparing them. 

Also, enlist a Solicitor to help in sorting all the legal essentials on the packing and sale/purchase of property on time to ensure a smooth relocation exercise. It is important also to do some researches on the amenities/facilities that are available in the new environment to help you settle in quickly. Follow this checklist three months to your move:

  • Get a Moving Solicitor and a mortgage expert
  • Get information about facilities and local news in the area
  • Sort out the children’s school transfer issues early.
  • Sort things out with your present property-owner if you’re presently a tenant.
  • Have your prized assets evaluated early for a possible insurance cover to lessen your burden.
  • Be sure to properly keep documents/notes on your move such as the checklists, important numbers, and other details.

About 8 Weeks before your Moving

With less than 8weeks before moving, start sorting and getting rid of anything you don’t need to move into your new home. It’s important to always start by preparing a checklist of all your vital stuff so that you know what to move and those to be disposed of before the moving day. 

This will help the moving company envisage the total volume of all items to be moved before visiting for a pre-packing estimate. It’s also important to know that the lesser your furniture items, the cheaper the overall cost of moving. But it’s advisable to receive up to 5 quotes from nearby packing companies for the exercise. Follow this checklist 8 weeks to your move:

  • Get packing quotes and seek a home RICS surveyor expert
  • Prepare an inventory and document all your stuff.
  • Obtain a copy of floor plan of your new home to help in deciding what’s needed and what would not be needed in your new household and where to arrange what.
  • Remove all the unwanted luggage to reduce the overall cost of moving charged by your choice packing companies because of the lesser your stuff, the cheaper the moving cost will be.
  • Ask your moving company for packaging materials
  • Your employer may cover some of your packing cost if your relocation is occasioned by a job change. Find out about this beforehand.
  • Familiarize yourself with parking regulations about large vehicles for your packing and unpacking. The moving company may have to apply for parking permits.

A Month before Moving

Below are the things that must be accomplished within just one month before your actual moving. You should make a copy of your packing checklist and paste it somewhere visible for your regular consultation. Follow this checklist 4 weeks to your move:

  • Let your moving solicitor finalizes all legal and contracts exchange to ascertain the date of your moving.
  • Reconfirm your moving arrangement with the moving company to avoid any last-minute disappointment.
  • Prepare and agree on a suitable route for your movement by considering things like weight-restrictions, low bridge areas, etc., for the packing truck.
  • You may seek storage facilities from the moving company if needed.
  • Make arrangement to have your new home cleaned before moving in,
  • Get suitable craftsmen to help fix any item that may need fixing or replacement such as carpet, furniture, etc. Make a pre-moving visit to the property to ascertain all the necessities.
  • Start the packing with moving the non-vital items into the rarely used rooms.
  • Take advantage of insurance-switching possibilities for your new home.
  • Get the necessary utility companies notified of your moving.
  • Make adequate arrangement for your overnight lodging/accommodation for a distant relocation journey. You can take advantage of cheap but comfy hotels in less popular areas where discounts/promotions are usually offered.

About 2 Weeks before your Move

When you’re left with just two weeks till your move, then care must be taken, and every detail arrangements about your moving must be reconfirmed at this point. You should follow and strictly ensure the accomplishment of the following things during this period.

  • Confirm every detail with your moving company such as times, directions, parking essentials and emergency numbers.
  • Procure enough medication for that period of your movement.
  • Enlist the help of families/friends to care for your child and/or pets on the packing day.
  • Enlist people that will handle other services that your moving company may not be providing like cleaning, disassembling of furniture/electronics, fixing of plumbing for your washing machine and dishwasher, etc.
  • Dispose of all combustible liquids and other materials safely.
  • Cancel local services you receive, settle all unpaid bills and cancel all local subscriptions whose coverage may be restricted to only your present locations such as gardening, delivery services, newspapers, and cleaning services, etc.
  • Exhaust all the perishable food items and as well as frozen foods components.

7 Days before your Move

In this your last days at your present home before your final move to a new home, you must use this period to finalize your preparations and organize all your vital documents to ensure that they are safely kept somewhere, easily accessible to you. Hence, follow and accomplish these listed tasks during this period.

  • Safely keep your vital stuff and documents such as insurance papers, driver licenses, house/vehicle papers, wills, pieces of jewelry and/or cash in a separate, safe, plain box for safe storage.
  • You must’ve gotten most of your packing done as much as possible by this time, and you’re set to go. Also, ensure you don’t forget your outdoor equipment and toys
  • Properly label all your packing boxes to avoid confusion on moving day.
  • Have a survival kit containing everything you may need on a moving day for a smooth moving exercise.
  • Completely defrost and dry your freezers and fridges before moving them.
  • Assemble all keys to your present apartment.
  • Inform all your necessary contacts and particularly the postal office of your new home address for mail rerouting services.
  • Send back any items you borrowed to the owners.
  • Give out flowers, plants and any other items you’re not taking along.
  • Wash, iron, box-up and properly label all clothing and linen for ease of moving and unpacking in your new home.
  • Make sure you don’t overspend for your moving and be sure to have some backup cash saved somewhere in case of emergencies.

On the Eve of your Move

On the last day in your present home, it’s time to put the finishing touches to your relocation activities by ensuring the followings;

  • Carefully check around through a final walk around the house to observe if you’ve missed out on something.
  • Toiletries, wash-bag, nighties, handy towels and toothbrush should be distinctly set aside in a handy-bag for immediate use of the family when needed.
  • A mini-toolkit containing things like cello-tapes, sharp knife, screwdrivers will come in handy when unpacking.
  • Fully charge your mobile phone and other communications gadgets.
  • Notify every person who helps you during packing.
  • Make every arrangement to have immediate access to your new home when you arrived.

On the D-day

Emotions are always running very high, and confusions can easily set in on this final day if adequate care isn’t taken. Therefore, it’s essential to plan and accomplish every necessary task left on the final morning in your old apartment and prepare for the arrival of the moving company so that things can start in earnest. 

Hence, do the following and be sure to have a hassle-free movement.

  • Have a record, e.g., photos of all water, electricity, gas and other readings on utility meters before leaving for record purpose.
  • Remove and pack all beddings and curtains properly.
  • Label and safely arrange all fragile items and boxes for easy transportation and identifications.
  • Detail someone to stay behind with the moving company until the last stuff have been packed and moved to ensure that every item is accounted for.
  • Switch off all utilities and ensure that every window is closed and secured.
  • Never forget to leave all key sets behind.
  • A copy of your new address, the directions to your new home and contacts for emergencies must be given to the moving company and the estate manager.

In the New House

When you arrived at the new house, inform the moving company of any new instructions and instruct them on where to put what. Ensure that everything on the inventory list is accounted for before the moving firm leaves.

  • Quickly make and serve teas and coffees with biscuits for everyone including your family.
  • Confirm the location and arrangement of every item to the moving company.
  • Color-coding the rooms on a copy of the floor plan to tally with your already labeled boxes usually, make things easier for the moving company.
  • Check-out for any missing or damaged items and only endorse the inventory checklist only when you’re satisfied with everything.
  • Time to bring out the survival kit.
  • Keep your vital documents and other moving papers in a secure place where they won’t be disturbed when unpacking and arranging – bathroom is usually useful for such.
  • Again, take record/photo (using your phone camera) of the readings on all utility meters in the new house.
  • Call a locksmith if necessary to ensure that all keys to the housework properly.
  • Check the surroundings and gardens for any hidden ponds or other things that may be injurious to a child or pet.
  • Check for and securely keep anything the previous occupants might have left behind and arrange to deliver them later.

Your First Evening in your New Home

You’re finally in your new home with your family after months of planning and preparations. It’s time to relax, make everyone comfortable after a hectic period and take things one-step-at-a-time.

  • Quickly clean/tidy up and make arrangement for the night sleep.
  • Get-out your telephones, charge your mobile phones and arrange and plug-in the freezers and fridges.
  • Switch-on the heater to warm the house for the night and get the boiler on for a hot night shower.
  • Get everybody settled particularly; settle the little ones in a room with toys to play with.
  • Feed the pets and keep them away till you’re settled, if possible.
  • Note down all emergency contact details such as taxi services, vets, local hospitals, personal doctor, etc.
  • Relax and enjoy the evening with your family, congratulating yourself and everyone for the success of the day’s task.
  • Don’t rush to unpack/arrange everything at once; Rome was not built in just a day. So, your new house can’t get sorted immediately. Just enjoy the night and start the unpacking later tomorrow.


We hope that you shall have a very smooth, cost-effective and hassle-free relocation exercise if you follow and strictly adhere to every point listed in this checklist. Stay tuned for more informative posts on the

David Cohen
David Cohen
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. David is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.
David Cohen
David Cohen
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. David is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.

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September 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Wow.. this is comprehensive enough. Thank you for this information.

October 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Very Helpfull information , thank you .

December 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

Yes. Having a record of all your utility meters before leaving really helps, especially when something unexpected arises. You already have it for record purpose and can easily sort things out.

December 8, 2018 at 9:44 am

This is super amazing. Thank you for taking the time to put this up. I really feel like a novice when it comes to stuff like this and I’m just lost and have no idea where to begin. But this has really been helpful.

December 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

LOL. I think I have mine starting from the bottom. I just started without plans and right now it’s two days till we leave and I think there’s still a lot that hasn’t been put in place yet.

December 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Woah. So moving can be this smooth? Whenever I imagine moving, I think of endless sleepless nights and headaches until the last day. I like the way everything has been made easy here. Thank you for this

December 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Gosh. I feel like I have really been doing it all wrong. I haven’t even gone to the new place or made arrangements for cleaning the place up. This would really not turn out well because it means we will have to do it ourselves when we get there.

December 10, 2018 at 11:18 pm

Wow.. So concise. I think I’ll bookmark this page because it sure has a good list of what I can do. Except that I’ll be moving in like 2months so I have to know how this would work.

December 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Hmm. Relocating is really a lot of work and honestly, I do not do well under pressure. But this guide sure makes a lot of things easy to work around

December 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm

I really can’t find anyone that can stay with my kids and puppy while I move our stuff so I just have to drag them around while we fix things in place. It definitely would not be easy.

December 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Whenever I think about the stress involved in moving to a new place, I just give up. But right now, the move is inevitable and I am just searching everywhere for tips to make this a very smooth and easy relocation so I don’t break at the end.

December 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Amazing. Simply amazing I must say. The breakdown is surely going to help as I really never thought of it this way. But it’s a good thing I still have a long time before the day so I’ll just relax and take my time to make this happen.

Robert Laurent
January 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Moving can be difficult without any preparations and creating a list of all of your goods and stuffs. Checklist helps you to organize your belongings in organized and systematic manners. You will have next task to complete after the checking up each task and also there will be lesser chances of losing your goods.

April 20, 2019 at 11:17 am

I must say that the perfect stage by stabmfe moving checklist is specially designed for me. I’m totally new to this whole moving thing and I am always looking for new ideas to help make it easier for me to go through. I think I’ve found what I need to make everything a seamless and stress-free one thanks to this checklist

Sara Morgan
April 23, 2019 at 12:25 am

Yes, very important. When in your new house, get a locksmith to change the locks and all that for you. When I just moved into my house recently, I had an unexpected visitor and that person had a key to the front door. I realized that she was a friend to the previous owner but left the country and wasn’t aware he had moved recently. It was embarrassing really. Just change locks as you may not know who has keys to the locks.

April 25, 2019 at 9:07 am

I’m definitely printing this. Though I still have a long time to go before moving out, I want to ensure that everything goes well and there’s no issue along the way. Thanks for taking out the time to make this available.

Sara David
April 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

I really want to have a very smooth, cost-effective and hassle-free relocation exercise and so I’ll make sure I follow and strictly adhere to every point listed in this moving checklist. It’s not easy and I hope to make the best of the situation.

April 30, 2019 at 10:03 am

This is very comprehensive and clear for anyone. I followed it when I was planning to move out and now, I’m in my new home and honestly, it didn’t take as much stress as I had envisaged. Do what’s right and your move will be as easy and fun as you can imagine.

May 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm

The moving checklist of all times. This is very clear and if diligently followed, you are sure your move won’t creep on you when you don’t feel ready.

Gen Fred
May 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Lol. I agree. Emotions are always running very high, and confusions can easily set in on the moving day if adequate care isn’t taken. I’ve watched my mum get all confused and was running around the house o the day and it didn’t help that she wasn’t listening to us when we wanted to calm her down. I think proper step by step planning will go a long way to reduce last-minute adrenaline pumping.

May 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm

Relocation can be stressful and complicated, no doubt. This is exactly why I’m all about having a pre-packing checklist to help lessen the stress and make the relocation activities a hassle-free experience. Your body will definitely take you if you do this because you would have saved yourself a lot of issues.

May 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

Quite true. Organizing and sorting your stuff way ahead of time and even decluttering can reduce your stress and moving costs. This Moving Checklist is great as it actually helps you stay organized and focused on achieving your relocation objectives with ease. I love it.

May 12, 2019 at 11:14 am

Yes, I find this Moving list comprehensive enough and the tasks listed here will definitely go a long way in helping you accomplish your relocation task in a less stressful and enjoyable manner. I totally buy into the idea of holding a garage sale too as this will help reduce unwanted household items and give you less load.

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