11 Smart Things to do Before Moving + Moving Checklist Printable Template

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by Jenny Harrison, edited by Jeff Campbell

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Wondering what the best things to do before moving are?

Moving to a new house is a big deal. It can be stressful and things don’t always go as planned.

Add moving your furniture, clothes, documents, and personal stuff and you have a giant task in front of you. For a transition this big, you need to be prepared beforehand otherwise you might find that moving day has turned into a recipe for disaster.

With proper preparation and planning, things will go much smoother. The things that don’t go as planned won’t be as big of a deal. And your stress won’t turn your dream into a nightmare.

So here are 11 smart things to do before moving into your dream house. Make sure to grab your free copy of the moving checklist printable template too!

1. Pack all the seldom used things

Chances are that there are some things you rarely use.

Or there’s a guest bedroom in which the bed is hardly slept in and the stuff in the bathroom hardly used. Pack all these things early on. That way it’s easier and less of a hassle when you’re packing the essentials.

With the lesser-used things out of the way, a big chunk of your work is done. You’ve now got fewer things to do before moving.

Amazon Prime has a convenient 50-pack of 12″x12″ foam pouches for less than $20.

Great for placing plates and other breakables into. Because it’s a pouch, the packing will go super quick. Because it’s not newspaper, you won’t need to wash everything when you unpack too! Pick up a pack of paper plates to use until you’re moved.

If you like that, get the smaller size pouches for glasses and mugs.

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2. Get the Wi-Fi running

Get the things like Wi-Fi and cable installed at your new place before you move in.

This means that your work won’t be stalled and you will remain connected with the world. If you leave everything until the moving day, it will be much more of a hassle.

It also means you can curl up and watch TV after that first long and tiring day of moving. These are essential things to do before moving.

3. Have your new place professionally cleaned before you move in

Hire a professional cleaning service and get the floors scrubbed, mopped and dusted done a day beforehand.

This will ensure you can set up all your furniture and other things in place without having to worry about the dust and dirt everywhere. Also, get the kitchen cabinets cleaned up so everything is ready for your dishes and cookware.

Ask your movers to put down paper walkways so they don’t track up your freshly cleaned house.

4. Arrange for utility services at your new home

Some utility companies will require copies of mortgage or lease agreements to turn on services. They may also require a deposit.

Start researching and contacting these companies early on to minimize the headaches.

Remember too that some of these companies will need some lead time and may give a range of hours for when their service person will show up. Planning this in advance means no surprises and no downtime.

Moving to a new home where no one has lived before? Check out our moving into a brand new house checklist for additional tips.

5. Pack clothes in garbage bags

It’s better not to pack your clothes in boxes or suitcases.

Simply move them covered in clean, garbage bags. It saves on boxes and the bags can later be used for trash. Plus in the moving truck, those bags of clothes can be tucked in anywhere and can also provide a cushion for valuables.

6. Use moving as an opportunity to get rid of stuff

Moving all your stuff is the best opportunity you could have to sort through all your things.

Go through everything you own and make two piles, things you want to take to your new place and items you want to donate to charities or sell. Donate or sell all the things that you haven’t used in over a year or the things you aren’t emotionally attached to.

If you itemize on your income taxes, any charitable donations can be a tax deduction. And if you are moving for a new job (and not being paid for the move), all your moving expenses may be tax deductible too!

7. Hire reputable movers

Always remember to research and hire a reliable moving company.

Don’t go for cheap or amateur movers. It’s better to do your homework and hire professional movers. Even if you end up spending a few bucks, the effort is worth it.

One of the most read posts on the Middle Class Dad site details EXACTLY how to find the Top Rated Moving Companies and eliminate the nightmare ones.

8. Have a small toolbox of essentials on hand

It is necessary to keep all the packing essentials like a tape & tape dispenser, small zip-lock bags, bubble wrap, markers, labels and other small essentials on hand.

Trust me, no one wants to run out of these things while packing. So having adequate supplies easy available are among the most important things to do before moving.

You don’t want to go running to the store in an emergency when you find out the tape is finished. So stock up on these items well beforehand.

You’ll also want to have a basic toolkit and nails for installing and hanging things at the new place before you’ve unpacked all your tools and supplies.

The Stanley 65 piece Toolkit is easily carried with one hand. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon Prime and won’t break the bank!

9. Collect moving boxes well before the move

You will need boxes and containers when you pack your belongings.

Ask your friends or neighbors who have moved recently if they can lend you the extra boxes they have lying around. Start collecting boxes weeks before the move and just keep them in the garage until needed.

Craigslist, NextDoor, and neighborhood Facebook pages are great places to find free moving boxes.

Once you’re unpacked at your new place, use those same websites to get rid of the boxes and simply place them out by the curb.

10. Color code your boxes

You don’t want to open every box there is once you arrive at your new place to hunt for an item.

Thus, it is very important to label the boxes and containers. This way you will know what things are inside or which room they are supposed to go into. This will save you a lot of time and effort.

Get a few extra wide chisel-tip Sharpies for easy labeling. The Tag-a-Room kit on Amazon Prime is perfect for a 3-4 bedroom home and comes with 800 stickers for easy peel and stick labeling.

11. Pack an overnight bag

Always pack a small overnight bag before the move with stuff that you might need immediately.

A change of clothes for everyone, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, wipes are things you might need once you reach your new place. It might also be a wise idea to carry tea, coffee, sugar, and snacks.

The Starbucks Instant Coffee Packets just need hot water and can make any tired morning right without needing a coffee maker.

Did we cover all the things to do before moving you were looking for?

In this post, we looked at the top things to do before moving to make everything go more smoothly.

We also linked to some great additional resources which can help even more. And, to make your move even easier, we provided FREE moving checklist printable template which you can download today. Print it out for the refrigerator or just keep the moving checklist printable template PDF on your phone.

Having done all the preparations beforehand, moving should not be a hassle. So put in some thought and planning into yours and you should be good to go. Happy moving!

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About the author of this post.

Jenny Harrison guest author Things to do Before Moving Middle Class Dad

Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger.

She loves to get engaged with the readers who are seeking for home, lifestyle and tech-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with ‘All Around Moving Services Company, Inc.’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations.

Follow her on Twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

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