Planning a move can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re moving to a new part of the state, or to the other side of the country.

You likely feel as if you have a million things to do and the idea that you need to remember to cross off all of the items on your to-do list can have you feeling more than a bit stressed.

Don’t worry.

The expert movers at American Moving understand what you’re going through, which is why we put together a comprehensive moving checklist for you to use.

8 weeks out

  • Create a moving folder on your PC where you can scan quotes, receipts and estimates
  • Begin to reach out to moving companies that are licensed and insured to schedule a time for them to come to your home and give you a quote.
  • When you decide which moving company you want to go with, be sure to read the contract before you sign it. If you have questions, ask them to clarify. If something doesn’t look right, bring it up before you sign.
  • If you plan to take time off during your move, now is the time when you’ll want to turn in your PTO request to your employer.
  • If you have children, you’ll want to start to research and select their new school. Be sure to contact your kids’ current school to request transcripts.
  • Consider planning a garage sale to get rid of things you don’t plan to bring with you. You should also consider reaching out to Goodwill or another local charity to pick up items that you’re unable to sell. It’s always best to schedule this pick-up a few weeks out.

6 weeks out

  • It’s officially time to start collecting boxes from liquor stores, grocery stores and restaurants.
  • If you’re planning a long-distance move, be sure to start to plan to spend time with friends and family.
  • When you begin to pack, consider using different colored markers (or tape) so you can color code your boxes by room. You will also want to mark boxes that contain fragile items with an easy-to-see color, so they can be easily identified by your movers.
  • Create an inventory list of what items are in which box. If you plan on packing valuables, be sure to note which boxes they’ve been placed in.
  • When you start to disassemble electronics, place cords/remotes in clear plastic bags. Label each bag so you know what plugs and cords go with each device.
  • Do you live in an apartment? Now is the time to reach out to the building manage to find out if they have any specific moving-day requirements. Some property managers ask that refrigerators and dishwashers are unplugged and left with their doors open (we don’t quite get that either, but some places require this.)
  • Are you moving into an apartment? If so, you’ll want to contact them to find out if they have any moving-day requirements that you should know about.
  • If you’re moving cross country, now’s the time to have your vehicles serviced.
  • Pack a little bit every day! This can help you from feeling overwhelmed.


For the more of our moving checklist line items, be sure to check out our next blog.