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100 Essential Things to Do Before Moving to Your New House

Moving to a new house can be an exciting but also overwhelming experience. To help you prepare for the move and ensure a smooth transition, here’s a list of 100 things to do before moving to your new house:

  1. Create a moving checklist.
  2. Declutter and get rid of items you no longer need.
  3. Organize a garage sale or donate unwanted items.
  4. Hire a reputable moving company or rent a truck.
  5. Obtain packing supplies (boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.).
  6. Pack your belongings room by room.
  7. Label each box with its contents and destination room.
  8. Pack a “first-day” box with essentials (toiletries, clothes, important documents).
  9. Notify your current and new utility providers about the move.
  10. Set up utility services (electricity, water, gas, internet) at your new house.
  11. Update your address with the postal service.
  12. Notify banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions of your new address.
  13. Inform your employer of your address change.
  14. Transfer your medical records to a new healthcare provider if necessary.
  15. Update your driver’s license and vehicle registration if you’re moving to a new state.
  16. Transfer your children’s school records to their new school.
  17. Arrange for childcare or pet care on moving day.
  18. Notify your current and new insurance providers of the move.
  19. Take photos of valuable items for insurance purposes.
  20. Pack an emergency kit with first aid supplies.
  21. Make a list of important contact numbers.
  22. Change the locks on your new house for security.
  23. Check for any necessary repairs or renovations in your new home.
  24. Measure doorways and hallways to ensure your furniture fits.
  25. Arrange for professional cleaning services at your new house.
  26. Purchase moving insurance if needed.
  27. Pack a separate bag for important documents and valuables.
  28. Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  29. Disconnect and label electronic devices.
  30. Remove light bulbs from lamps.
  31. Disassemble furniture as needed.
  32. Roll up and secure rugs and carpets.
  33. Pack a toolbox with essential tools for assembly.
  34. Confirm the moving date and time with the moving company.
  35. Reserve an elevator or parking space for moving day if required.
  36. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks for moving day.
  37. Notify your neighbors of your upcoming move.
  38. Return library books and rented items.
  39. Cancel or transfer magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
  40. Forward your mail to your new address.
  41. Pack a pet essentials kit (food, water, toys) if you have pets.
  42. Make arrangements for pet transportation if necessary.
  43. Plan your route to your new house and any rest stops along the way.
  44. Notify friends and family of your new address.
  45. Pack a box of cleaning supplies for both houses.
  46. Gather important documents (passports, birth certificates, etc.).
  47. Empty and clean outdoor storage sheds or garages.
  48. Dispose of hazardous materials safely.
  49. Take down curtains, blinds, and curtain rods.
  50. Remove wall-mounted fixtures and decorations.
  51. Disconnect and clean appliances like the oven and dishwasher.
  52. Collect keys, garage door openers, and access codes from the previous homeowner.
  53. Verify the moving company’s insurance coverage.
  54. Make a list of items that need special care during the move.
  55. Update your contact information with online services and subscriptions.
  56. Notify your veterinarian about the move if you have pets.
  57. Update your address on your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
  58. Cancel or transfer gym memberships.
  59. Change your address with online shopping accounts.
  60. Disconnect and label cables and cords.
  61. Pack a box of essential kitchen items for the first day.
  62. Update your address with government agencies (IRS, Social Security, etc.).
  63. Secure important documents in a fireproof safe.
  64. Update your address on your voter registration.
  65. Notify your cable and satellite TV provider.
  66. Check the weather forecast for moving day.
  67. Pack a bag of entertainment items for downtime during the move.
  68. Confirm reservations at hotels or motels if you have a long-distance move.
  69. Arrange for someone to take care of your plants during the move.
  70. Empty and clean trash cans and recycling bins.
  71. Confirm arrangements with the moving company for specialty items (piano, artwork, etc.).
  72. Pack a tool kit for assembling furniture at your new house.
  73. Notify your alarm company about the move.
  74. Backup important computer files and disconnect your computer.
  75. Drain gas and oil from power equipment like lawnmowers.
  76. Schedule a final walkthrough of your old house.
  77. Set up a space for your pets in your new home.
  78. Create a floor plan for furniture placement in your new house.
  79. Pack a suitcase with clothing for the first week.
  80. Empty and clean your dishwasher and washing machine.
  81. Pack a box with cleaning supplies for your new house.
  82. Update your address with online delivery services (Amazon, FedEx, etc.).
  83. Make a list of emergency contacts for your new area.
  84. Label items that require extra care (fragile, heavy, valuable).
  85. Pack a box of basic tools and hardware.
  86. Confirm that your new house is clean and ready for move-in.
  87. Verify that all windows and doors are secure at your old house.
  88. Double-check that all boxes are labeled properly.
  89. Prepare a list of local restaurants and services near your new home.
  90. Keep important documents and valuables with you during the move.
  91. Set aside items you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new house.
  92. Pack a box with basic cleaning supplies for your old house.
  93. Take one last look around your old house to ensure nothing is left behind.
  94. Lock all doors and windows at your old house.
  95. Take inventory of your belongings before and after the move.
  96. Label your moving boxes with your name and contact information.
  97. Keep your moving documents and receipts in a safe place.
  98. Take a deep breath and stay calm on moving day.
  99. Say goodbye to your old home and hello to your new one.
  100. Enjoy the process of settling into your new house and making it a home!

Remember, moving can be stressful, but careful planning and organization can help make the transition smoother and less overwhelming. Good luck with your move!

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Alex Thttps://www.tafurllc.com/blog
You'll discover me either behind a blog or crafting educational content for homeowners and the property maintenance industry. Alternatively, you might find me in the field, restoring hundreds of houses each year. My passion lies in caring for homeowners and their properties.

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