Moving Checklist
Woman writing a moving checklist with pen on the box
Mar 2024
By Mr Smith
9 Minutes Read

Plan Your Moves with Our Moving Checklist

Moving is a truly complex and challenging process, as there are numerous things you need to take into account before, during, and even after the move. The better you are prepared the less complicated your move will be. Here’s a complete checklist for moving to help you make everything right.

Easy Moving Checklist

Based on our moving company experience, we made an enhanced checklist for moving into a new house that involves all stages of the process. Get advice regarding 8 weeks, 6 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 weeks, and 1 week before the move, as well as tips for moving day and more!

8 Weeks Before Moving Day

To make the moving process well-organized and stress free, it is worth starting all the necessary preparations in advance. And 8 weeks before the move out date is a great time for such a purpose, as you can create a reliable and efficient plan. Here’s the moving checklist for the 8 weeks before your move.


  Budget for moving

Budget is an essential thing before creating a moving list. Calculate your possible expenses to understand how much it will cost you. A planned-ahead budget allows you to reduce some expenses, or find better ways to complete your move. Contact different moving companies to pick the best suitable service for your budget.  

  List of items

Determine what items you will take and what you can get rid of. Even though it is still far from the final packing process, it is always better to clearly understand how many belongings there are. Once you complete this task create an items list to see which of them go into moving boxes.

  Documents Review

Your moving company will send you documents regarding the service and terms and conditions before the process starts. Make sure to review everything to avoid any “surprises” when it’s too late. During this stage ask your questions or make adjustments if necessary. 

  Find a school for kids

If you have kids, finding a school for them weeks before moving is one of the crucial tasks on the moving checklist. Spend some time selecting a suitable school in your area. Also, you can use this period before the move out date to request transcripts from their current school, thus being fully prepared for the relocation.   

  Separating items

Once you complete creating the list of items, it is worth determining which won’t be handled by the mover’s team. For example, these can be fragile items, expensive things, art, guns, or any other belongings you may not want to be taken and transported by a moving company. 

6 Weeks Before Moving Day

The period of 6 weeks before moving is great to start already making preparations for the packing process, as well as consider moving truck rental to get an understanding of how to make your move most efficient and stress free.


  Inventory of items

This stage is the next step in a moving checklist after you finish determining which things you are going to take to a new house. It may seem a little bit boring, but spend some time and write down your items in a list. It will help you not to forget anything and notice if something was missed during the move. 

  Book a moving truck/van

Moving truck rental is always better to do in advance, as sometimes moving companies can be busy with numerous orders. That’s why you can avoid many risks by booking a moving truck a few weeks before. Moreover, you can adjust your budget or find a better option if needed.

  Measure furniture

It is always better to know before the moving day if some of your furniture is too large to be brought out in a “traditional” way. Sometimes you may need to disassemble it first or move the furniture out a certain way. Thus, add measurements to your checklist for moving.

  Research packing hacks

The packing process can be truly exhausting. That’s why before starting find some packing hacks. It can help you make everything faster, yet more efficient by using fewer moving boxes, as there are different tricks on using space in the box the best way.

  Get packing supplies

Once you determine the approximate number of items you would like to bring, prepare your moving supplies. These are cardboard moving boxes for small things, protection for fragile items, wardrobe boxes, etc. You can also ask your moving company about packing services to make the process easier.    

  Start packing

Many people make the same mistake — they start packing their belongings just a few days before, or even the day before moving out. The best way is to start packing some items in advance and do it each day. Select items you are rarely using and pack them. The same applies to clothing, for example, if it’s summer you can already start packing your winter clothes in wardrobe boxes.

4 Weeks Before Moving Day

It’s almost one month before moving. This period is better used to take care of the documents and make adjustments to your plan if needed. Here are some useful tips you can add to your moving checklist.  


  Moving insurance

When it comes to the safety and protection of your items during the whole process, it is recommended to buy moving insurance, or get more details from your moving company about the insurance coverage it provides. 

  Perishable items

Get rid of perishable items you obviously won’t bring them to a new house. Also, change your meal plan for the period until moving and avoid buying something you may need to throw away. Thus, eat these now or donate.

  Cancel memberships

If you are a member of any local clubs or organization, 4 weeks before moving is a good time to start canceling your membership and to say goodbye to your friends and colleagues. Also, do not forget about pools, gyms, or any other groups, especially with paid membership.

  Find internet provider

Typically, people start seeking internet providers after they arrive at a new house. However, the best way is to make such things in advance, so that there will already be an internet connection, which helps to adapt much faster and start working. 

  Get new doctors

It is a valuable point in a moving checklist. As with internet providers, make sure you have a new doctor, dentist, and vet contact in a new area before moving.

  Plan the route

Planning is an essential thing. You can create a route on your own to make it comfortable for you and your family, or ask a moving company to take care of that, as professional movers typically have enough experience in efficient route planning.

2 Weeks Before Moving Day

This is the best period for updating addresses, accomplishing your deals, making final adjustments, and preparing yourself for the move. 


  Create folder for bills and receipts

Before you move out of your house, make sure to create a folder where you can keep receipts and bills. It is not what people usually take into account when thinking about the move, yet it is an important and useful step, just as with other documents. 

  Notify service providers

If there are any service providers you hired, inform them about your decision ahead, so that they may find new clients once you move.

  Return borrowed items

When creating an item list, check if there are any borrowed things in your house and return them before buying moving supplies and packing everything.

  Backup your computer

It is always better to have a backup to avoid risks. Documents, tables, photos, or personal information can be easily backed up or stored in a cloud, thus you won’t lose these files if something happens to the computer.   

  Take care of plants

Maybe you are going to take some of your plants with you. Think about what will be the best way to make transportation safe for them. Also if your plants will remain in an old house, try to find a new owner for them before moving.

  Update new address for platforms

If you are using e-platforms, online shopping, or subscriptions connected to your address, do not forget to update such information.

1 Week Before You Move

The last 7 days before moving is almost the final stage. This time is excellent for finishing tasks in a current area, packing items you are regularly using, cleaning a house, and making the last preparations before going to a new place.


Clean your home

Cleaning before moving out is a great thing, as with such you show love for your old home and make a good effort for future residents. Besides that, final cleaning can help you to find any lost or missed items.

Unplug the fridge

At least the day before you leave, don’t forget to turn off your fridge to give it time to defrost.

Check the weather

The weather may impact the whole process, especially when driving, thus make sure to check it before the moving day. Heat, thunderstorms, fog, heavy snow, etc can make moving hard or even dangerous, so get the information about possible weather conditions to make necessary adjustments.

Withdraw cash

It is always better to have some cash. You may need it to tip movers or buy something while driving to the destination. Also, if you are moving to another country, you can convert cash into local currency for a better rate and lower fees.

  Redirect pending deliveries

Check if any deliveries still haven’t arrived. If some of the deliveries are pending, in such a case, make sure to cancel them or redirect them to your new address if possible.

Moving Day

It is the final step. If you spent your time making all the necessary preparations from your move out checklist over the last weeks, the process should be driven smoothly and with no worries.
  Protect floor and carpets

Before the moving truck arrives you have some time to protect your floor and carpets, as there will be things moving around the house and it may cause some damage.  

  Work with movers

The best way to guarantee successful moving is your participation in a process. Feel free about telling your ideas, answering movers’ questions, and giving instructions to the crew. The more you are involved in a process, the better result you will get, as well as the fewer “surprises” and mistakes there will be. 

After Moving Day or Weeks

Moving items from an old house to another one is halfway. The next step is to set everything up once you arrive at your new home. Here are some tips to make adapting to a new place more comfortable and easier for you. 
  Leave a review

Leaving a review is a great way to share your experience with other people. Also, your feedback can help moving companies improve their service and encourage responsible movers while firing low-quality employees.

  Clean new home

Moving typically goes along with mess as there are numerous items, boxes, belongings, etc. The best way to start your life in a new place is to clean your house after you have done all the hard work regarding the moving process. Also, it is recommended to clean a house if somebody lived there before you.  

  Security system

Installing a security system is an important step to complete as soon as you have moved into a new house. 



Together with packing, unpacking is probably the most boring thing. Here the tip is to sort all your boxes based on their purpose and the rooms, where you are going to place them. If you have marked your boxes and sorted these properly, the unpacking process would take less effort and time. 

  Explore neighborhood

Meet your neighbors and check which infrastructure there is in your area. Interesting places, malls, hospitals, services, etc – everything you may need to comfort life there. You can explore via Google maps, or by walking the neighborhood which may help you to adapt faster and learn the routes.

  Copies of keys

Don’t forget to make copies of the keys and give them to your family members, friends, or service providers (nanny, cleaner, etc).

  Update bank accounts

If you haven’t done it before, update your bank account and credit card billing addresses during the first week at a new place to avoid any mistakes.

  Change locks

It is always better to install new locks once you move in, especially if you rent an apartment. In such a case ask your landlord about changing the locks to feel more protected.

  Maintenance work

Inspect your new house to check if any maintenance works or improvements are needed to make it comfortable and safe for your living.

Hire A Professional Moving Company

Choosing a reliable moving company will make your life much easier. Items packing, loading, transportation, and placing in the new house or office are quite laborious processes that often involve stress and take a lot of time and effort. By hiring professional movers with an excellent reputation, you can avoid risks and get the desired result without worry, because all tasks will be carried out from A to Z by an experienced and skilled crew. Whether you are looking for a moving company or planning to relocate in the near future, Easy Moving Calgary can make your wish come true in the most comfortable way. Contact us and describe your situation or get a free quote on our website and make your move easy and hassle-free!

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