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MOVING CHECKLIST

We’ve put together some great tips to help you take the stress out of moving. By following this checklist prior to your move, you can ensure that you are as prepared as possible on your moving day.

MOVING CHECKLIST

1 MONTH BEFORE MOVE

  • Contact us (call or text (417) 551-9464) to make your move as easy as possible! We can help you through the whole process.
  • If you will be changing school districts, notify them and ask for school records to take with you to the new district.
  • Consider getting medical, dental, pet/vet records etc, if you are changing medical providers.
  • Notify USPS of change of address to avoid disruption in mail service (click here).
  • Contact your utility providers (power, water, gas/propane, cable/internet) to notify them of your service location changes- remember about deposits for starting new services and receiving them from current service providers.
  • Cancel any recurring home based services, i.e. lawn cutting, pool cleaning, etc…
  • Organize and decide what is staying (selling, donating, throwing away, etc…) vs what is going with you. Go room by room and take your time. Don’t forget to get items from the attic, basement or storage areas around the house to consider those in the move.
  • Locate and place those important documents, that you have accumulated, in your folder/binder for easy access. 

MOVING CHECKLIST

2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE

  • If packing yourself, make sure that you have the packing supplies (boxes, tape, packing paper, markers, labels/stickers, bubble wrap, etc…) that you will need and start packing those items that you won’t need in the next couple of weeks, i.e. books on bookshelves, out of season clothing, pictures on the walls, etc… Label every box! All boxes look alike and you will appreciate the label when it comes time to find and unpack certain items.
  • Review the list of items NOT to pack and make arrangements to have these items transported separately or how to dispose of them properly before moving day.
  • Make arrangements for moving pets or plants. 

MOVING CHECKLIST

1 WEEK BEFORE MOVE

  • If packing yourself, begin packing more essential items but not necessary, i.e. electronics, certain kitchen items, games, office supplies, decorations, bric-a-brac items, clothing, linens, etc…
  • Notify your bank, credit card companies, car insurance, voter registration, etc.. of your new address
  • Contact companies that provide deliveries to your current address (i.e. Amazon, Walmart, Target, Ebay, etc…) and give them your new address. 

MOVING CHECKLIST

2-3 Days Before MOVE

  • If packing yourself, now is the time to really start packing up the remaining items that are not needed for daily life, i.e. curtains, rugs, all but basic tools, more kitchen items (consider using plastic utensils and paper plates). Be sure that you are still labeling everything! Try and keep boxes in the room that they came from or placing them all in the same staging area (like a garage or spare bedroom) to make moving day flow smoother
  • Pack luggage with necessary items as though packing for a trip with enough clothing and toiletries to last until a least one day after moving day. Consider medications that you may need to have daily. 

MOVING CHECKLIST

Day Before the Move

  • Have your important documents folder/binder handy!
  • If packing yourself, do some final loads of laundry to have everything clean and ready to be packed up. Clean out appliances (refrigerators, freezers) and have furniture emptied and contents packed away. Keep those tools accessible to breakdown any beds or furniture on moving day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. 

MOVING CHECKLIST

Moving Day

  • Designate boxes and items as “last load” items
  • All loose items are packed into boxes with the top closed
  • All electronics are unplugged from a power source. Plasma TV’s should be unplugged the day before so they are at room temperature on move day.
  • All pictures are removed from the walls
  • All boxes are labeled with their destination room in your new home on the top and sides of each box
  • All heavy and breakable items are removed from dressers and desks
  • All contents are removed from appliances
  • All items are removed from the top of furniture
  • All linens are removed from beds
  • All rooms, closets, cabinets have been checked
  • Disassemble bedroom sets to save time, only if we are not doing it for you

MOVING CHECKLIST

🚨 DO NOT PACK THESE ITEMS

Here is a list of items that you should not pack to be moved by us. This list contains potentially dangerous or hazardous items that could result in damage to your other belongings and therefore require special handling or must be moved completely separate from your household goods.

  • Guns and ammunition

  • Black powder, smokeless powder

  • Igniters or primers

  • Fireworks

  • Lighter fluid/matches

  • Propellers

  • Signal flares

  • Acids/Ammonia

  • Gasoline/Kerosene or other petroleum products

  • Yard equipment that contains fuel

  • Motor oil/Antifreeze

  • Lamp oil

  • Fluid cleaners

  • Dyes

  • Disinfectants

  • Pesticides/Fertilizer/Weed killers/Poisons

  • Propane tanks

  • Paint, paint thinners, and other paint-related materials

  • Nail polish and nail polish remover

  • Aerosol cans (deodorant, hair spray)

  • Charcoal

  • Pool chemicals

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Scuba diving tanks

  • Car batteries

  • Cleaning supplies/bleach

  • Liquor (alcoholic beverages)

  • Candles

  • Dangerous or unidentified liquids 

MOVING CHECKLIST

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE

  • Water shut off
  • A/C shut off
  • Lights turned off
  • Windows shut and locked
  • Surrender house keys
  • Check for items left behind
If you’d like help with your next move, feel free to get a free quote, or call us directly, anytime!