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Moving Checklist

Plan a Seamless Move with our Helpful Moving Checklist

Moving is often considered one of life’s most stressful moments — a designation that makes sense when you consider everything that’s involved. To help eliminate stress, we’ve created a printable moving checklist that outlines all the things to do when moving. Use it to stay on track from start to finish.

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Moving Timeline and To-Do List

Because U-Pack® has helped more than one million families move since 1997, we know what it takes to successfully relocate. Below are some of our best moving tips and a simple timeline that will help you stay organized. We recommend downloading the complete moving checklist for more details.    

2 months before

  • Research your new community, and look for housing, schools and childcare
  • Arrange for medical, dental and school records to be transferred to your new location
  • Get quotes from moving companies and make a moving budget
  • Create a move file to keep track of quotes, receipts and other important details

6 weeks before

1 month before

  • Reserve your move
  • Call utility services at your current and future locations to cancel and set up service
  • Get your personal vehicle serviced so it’s in the best condition before the trip

2 weeks before

  • File a change of address with the Postal Service
  • Notify your insurance company, credit card company and any monthly memberships of the upcoming move
  • Contact the local tax assessor, tax bureau and other government offices to let them know you’re moving
  • Arrange for parking for the moving equipment

1 week before

  • Review moving plans to be sure you have all the information
  • Tell your bank or credit card company about the upcoming charge
  • Pack an essentials box with items you’ll need upon arrival at the new home
  • Pack for travel
  • Prepare appliances by draining gas and oil

During the move

  • Clear a path so nothing is blocking the walkway
  • Do a final walkthrough of the home to check for left-behind items
  • Arrange for pick-up of the moving equipment

After the move

  • Clean the new home before unloading items
  • Unpack everything and begin organizing
  • Pick up any mail being held at the local post office
  • Get a new driver’s license and automobile tags

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Easily complete the tasks on the moving checklist with these useful tips and resources:

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