Moving Checklists You Don’t Want to Forget


When it comes to moving, there is a lot to remember, and odds are that you will likely forget something, but that’s okay. Save yourself some unnecessary stress by keeping track of a few, organized accounts beforehand. To get ahead of that moving chaos and avoid any major headaches, try making these four lists.

Services to Transfer before moving

This is one of the most important steps to take care of before moving into your new place, so it’s worth your time to make a list of all the services you’ll need to start up, stop, and transfer. That way there’s no chance you’ll show up day of only to find out your lights won’t turn on or your Internet hasn’t been set up.

Typically you’ll want to have these services in place:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Garbage
  • Security system

TIP: Get in touch with these providers at least 2 weeks to a month in advance to schedule installation or service transfer. Write down the name and contact information of the companies you’re working with for easy follow-up in case any problems occur.

Who Needs your Change of Address Notification?

Your service providers aren’t the only ones who need to know that you’re moving. Rather than realizing you forgot to tell the credit card company where to send the bill, make a list of those people and companies likely to mail you important information, so you can notify them about your change of address.

Start with the post office. You can easily change your address on to have your mail forwarded for the next 12 months.

From there, consider contacting:

  • The IRS
  • Insurance agencies
  • Employers
  • Banks and credit card companies

Tip: You can even go ahead and change your address on shopping sites you commonly use like Amazon, so you don’t accidentally ship your next purchase to the wrong address.

Don’t forget about your friends and family! Change of address cards are a fun way to let everyone know about your move, but a mass email always works, too.

Make a list of “Moving Necessities”

There’s nothing more frustrating than settling down after a long day of moving and realizing you have no idea where your toothbrush is or your phone charger or your kid’s favorite toy. Making a list of everything you want to have on hand during the move will help you avoid this situation and keep all of your essentials at the ready.

For this list, think of things you might need for your first night in the new home:

  • Toiletries
  • Bedding
  • Medications
  • Clothes
  • Chargers

Other important items might include:

  • Toilet paper
  • A shower curtain
  • A can opener
  • Trash bags
  • Snacks
  • A basic dish set
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Tool kit
  • Lots of extra batteries.

Tip: Prepare a moving day essentials box as a central location for all your must-haves that’s easy to grab on the go.

Record your Moving Resources

When working with realtors and movers, there’s a lot of important information it’s easy to lose track of. Keeping a notebook of everything you might need to know about your move and any important documents you need to have on hand will make these interactions much simpler.

To get started, record any pertinent numbers or info you might need to know, so you’re not having to frantically search through emails in the moment.

Keep track of:

  • Estimates
  • Dates
  • Names
  • Contact info

Next, list those must-have documents and gather those together in a folder to always have on hand. Moving can come with tons of important paperwork you’ll need to know the location of. Be sure to save items like:

  • The bill of lading
  • A copy of your moving company’s order of service

the descriptive inventory form

Creating these lists is a great way to keep your move organized and minimize stress. Even still, working with a customer focused, quality driven moving team will make your next relocation that much easier. Reach out to one of our consultants to learn more ADSI Moving Systems and let’s get moving. Together.