Moving Out Checklist

Purchasing a new home is exciting. To help save you time, stress, and money, we’ve created this handy Moving Checklist, giving you a detailed overview of what you need to do prior to your move, broken down into weekly tasks.

As you begin thinking of moving...

Create a “move file” to keep track of estimates, receipts, and other important information


Draw out a floor plan of your new home. Start deciding which function each room will serve


Start researching your new community


Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates

7 weeks before moving...

Start pulling together medical and dental records including prescriptions and vaccination records. If necessary, ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new neighbourhood


If you have a pet, arrange for their veterinarian records to be transferred


If you have children and they need to change schools, have school records transferred to their new school district and/or daycare


Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies for changing locations. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home


Get copies of any legal and financial records you need


If you are a member of a gym or an organization, ask how you can end, sell, or transfer your membership

6 weeks before moving...

Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you


Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities


Make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses who need to be notified of your move


Start working your way through each room taking inventory, deciding what to get rid of


Think about subscribing to the newspaper in your new hometown to start learning about events and the local culture