Here’s a comprehensive moving checklist for residential moves:

Eight Weeks Before the Move:

  1. Start decluttering your home. Donate, sell, or dispose of items you no longer need.
  2. Research and select a reputable moving company.
  3. Get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.

Six Weeks Before the Move:

  1. Start collecting packing supplies like boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape.
  2. Notify schools, doctors, and other relevant parties about your move.

Four Weeks Before the Move:

  1. Begin packing non-essential items. Label boxes clearly with their contents and the room they belong to.
  2. Change your address with the post office and update your address with any relevant institutions or subscriptions.

Two Weeks Before the Move:

  1. Arrange for utilities to be disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  2. Confirm moving arrangements with your moving company.

One Week Before the Move:

  1. Pack a “moving day survival kit” with essentials for the journey and immediate needs at your new home (e.g., toiletries, snacks).
  2. Notify neighbors about your upcoming move.

The Day Before the Move:

  1. Defrost and clean out your refrigerator.
  2. Pack a bag with essentials for your first night in your new home, such as pajamas, toiletries, and medication.

Moving Day:

  1. Supervise the loading process. Ensure all inventory is accounted for.
  2. Do a final walkthrough of your old home to make sure nothing has been forgotten.
  3. Hand over keys, alarm codes, and garage door openers to the new owner or real estate agent.

After the Move:

  1. Unpack essential items first, such as kitchenware, bedding, and clothing.
  2. Gradually unpack the rest of your belongings.
  3. Explore your new neighborhood and introduce yourself to neighbors.

This checklist aims to make your moving process less stressful and more organized. Remember, every move is unique, so adapt this list to suit your specific needs.