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Moving Day Timeline

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15 Mar Moving Day Timeline


It may seem like an eternity before the actual date to move into your new home will roll around, but it will come up quicker than you think. With so much to do beforehand, your best bet is to list out all of the things you need to take care of and mark them off as they are accomplished. There are some important steps that can be taken care of weeks ahead of time, but others that will of course be left for the last minute.


30 Days Left Until the Move

  • Take your pet to the vet if you are making an interstate move. You will need to have a record of their health to show authorities when moving pets across state lines. Doing this too far in advance may make that record invalid.
  • Make arrangements for moving your pet. This will depend on how far you are moving and your planned method on getting to your new home
  • Purchase your plane tickets if you are flying to your new home.
  • Have a moving company lined up. If you are moving during a peak time, such as the 1st of the month or during the summer, you should have your moving contract ready as soon as possible.
  • Make arrangements with the utility companies at both homes. You will need to contact the gas, water and electric service providers to have these services turned off at your old home when you leave it, and turned on at the new one when you arrive. A lapse in service may cause you and your family to spend days in the dark.
  • Gather the records from your childrenג€™s school and health care provider. Call the new school to find out exactly what types of paperwork they will need for enrollment of new students.
  • Fill out a change of address form at the post office.

2 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Get rid of all your unwanted items either by having a series of garage sales or donating them to charity.
  • Confirm with the moving company the date and time that they will arrive.
  • Begin packing non-essential items, such as what is in your crawl spaces or closets.
  • Bring your car to the mechanic for a tune up, especially if you will be driving it a long way to get to your new house.
  • Transfer your bank accounts.
  • Check that you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications you might need.

The Week of the Move

  • Start emptying out your refrigerator and thoroughly clean your appliances.
  • Have a box handy where you put all of those items you are going to need right away at the new house. Tools, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Get cash from the ATM to cover any unexpected expenses and to tip the movers.
  • Pack the rest of the house leaving what is only essential for the last night and morning.

Moving Day

  • Drop off your pet if they are travelling to the new house separately.
  • Make sure that the items that are going with you are in the car or out of the way to ensure that they donג€™t accidentally end up on the moving van.
  • Stay calm and maintain a positive attitude.


There is not much left to do once the movers arrive, beyond making sure that everything makes it onto the truck. From there, say your last goodbyes, lock the doors and get ready to call a new house home.


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