Your moving checklist should include much more than just those things you need to take care of on moving day. Depending on how complex your move is, your individual checklist might focus on different to-dos and organizational items. Depending on whether it is a home, office or other business move, the time line might stretch over several weeks or even months.
The Benefits of a Moving Checklist
Think of your move as a project, and you are the project manager. A moving checklist (digital and/or print) will help you to make sure you stay on track and do not forget about important tasks. It also has the added benefit of helping you to reduce stress by freeing up mental energy: After all, you do not have to remember everything, once you have written it down.
If you are assigning different tasks to different people (your spouse/partner, other family members or contractors), the checklist provides clarity and accountability. That way, everyone knows their responsibilities and deadlines.
Typically, the timeline of many moving checklists start somewhere around eight weeks prior to the move. Among the items listed in this area are tasks like sorting through your belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Researching for and hiring a moving company is another important task/milestone for your move organization.
The next steps in the timeline are usually set in weekly or biweekly increments, and eventually it is one week till moving day, a few days before, and finally: moving day.
Typical tasks and milestones range from
- purchase of moving supplies like boxes, packaging tape, bubble wrap
- start and finish of packing moving boxes
- using up perishables and defrosting of the fridge and freezer
- arrangements with the postal service, newspaper delivery etc. re. the new address
- final cleaning and hand-over of the old home/rooms to the new owners or renters
The following is a small selection of examples for available guidelines, lists and printables. They are designed to help you organize your move. If you compare them, you will find many similarities. Some lists might be more detailed than others or focus on different aspects of a move. Maybe you find one that is just right for your needs. Maybe you simply use them for inspiration or as a basis for creating your own checklist that fits your individual situation and needs.
7 Examples for a Moving Checklist:
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