9 Things You Need To Include In Your Moving Timeline Checklist

Posted On Monday, 28 September 2020 21:25

Whether you’re moving to a different neighborhood, city, country, or continent, the moving process is an exercise that has to be carefully thought out to avoid overlooking important steps. 

To make your move swift and organized, here are things you need to include in your moving timeline checklist. 

1. De-cluttering

A timeline for moving ensures that you’re on track in terms of time, organizing, and planning. Two months before your move, you must begin to de-clutter your home. Items that are no longer needed or required must be removed. 

Once you know what items to keep or remove, you can have a garage sale, donate to charity, give away to friends, or place some of the items in a temporary storage. 

2. Cleaning

Once you’ve de-cluttered your home, you can easily identify the furniture that needs cleaning or repair before moving. 

For example, you might want to have your couches, curtains, and rugs washed before these are transported to your new place. If you have any items that need repair, such as the stove or fridge, you might consider having these repaired to avoid further possible damage during the transportation.

3. Research Moving Companies 

You must research registered moving companies that you might consider working with. Company references can lead you in the direction of finding professional movers that you can work with. 

Having found information of the moving processes and whether these can work for you, you can do an independent search on the company. Online reviews can give insight into past customers’ experiences. You must use your discretion when analyzing independent online reviews as not all are authentic. Make sure that the movers are insured to avoid unpaid damage claims, property damage liability, or personal injury claims. 

Having decided on the company to work with, you can request a quote to further help with your decision so you can now confirm and book the moving date.  

4. Packing

The packing process can begin weeks before the moving date. You can pack items that are hardly used on a daily basis, such as china, certain clothing, and items in the storeroom or attic. 

Make sure to label the boxes as you pack, then securely put the boxes in a convenient space in your home. 

5. Documentation

Change of address must be added to any important documentation. This might include your bank account statements, insurance policies, and general household bills. If your move is international, you must find the necessary documentation, such as identification, medical, and dental records. It’s advisable to make physical as well as digital copies of all required documentation. 

If any services, such as home delivery, have your current address, you must discontinue the services or provide the new address.

6. Shopping

Moving might mean having to purchase items that are crucial for the trip. For example, you might need to purchase clothes that are appropriate for the kind of weather in your destination. You might also need to invest in a good pair of snow boots.

To help you plan financially, create a checklist of the essentials you might need. 

7. Essential Items

During moving day, you must pack your box of essentials and place them on the side. This is the box that you might need constant access to during your move. This might include toiletries, clothes, and food items. 

Make sure that the package is of portable and convenient size. Valuables such as jewelry, bank cards, and travel documents must be packed in a bag that’ll be on you at all times. 

8. Furniture Preparation

Prepare your furniture for transportation by defrosting your fridge and freezer, draining gas from the stove tank or lawnmower. Any D.I.Y furniture must be collapsed for packing and transportation.

9. House Sweep

Once everything is packed up and in the movers’ trucks, you must do a last sweep of the house. You might notice some items you may have forgotten to pack. You might also realize an open tap that needs to get tightly shut or a light switch that needs to be turned off. 


Moving can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there are some strategies that can make the process easier, such as downloading a moving checklist. The list can help you remember all the steps required in moving. It can also prepare you in advance and avoid last-minute moving preparations for moving. 

Some of the steps a checklist will remind you to do include de-cluttering your home, cleaning and repairing furniture, research the moving companies, documentation required, items to purchase, and preparing furniture for transportation. 

To avoid possible damage to your property and inconveniences, make sure to hire recommended movers.

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