So you’ve found the perfect home to move into, congratulations! Now all you have to do is get the keys to your new place and start living there, right? If only it were that simple! Moving into a new home takes a lot of planning after closing day. That’s why Landmark Home Warranty has provided you with these fantastic printable checklists that walk you through everything you need to do between today and the day you move into your new home. Are you ready to get started? Here we go!
Remember, you can print any of these checklists off by clicking on them. This will open the file as a PDF file that you can print or download onto your computer.
TWO MONTHS BEFORE MOVING
- As you begin to plan your move, look around for the most affordable and trustworthy moving companies. Call them to get quotes and compare prices, then request an on-site estimate. Choose the best fit for you and your family and begin planning your move with them.
- Purchase packing supplies.
- Slim down what you’ll be moving. Organize things you will be taking to your new home. Donate unwanted furniture, clothing, and other items to charity. Begin using up extras such as eating stored food.
- Make an inventory of everything you have in your home (through video or pictures) for insurance purposes. Ensure expensive items (like pianos or pieces of art) before the move.
- Research home warranty companies for your home when you’re selling it. Home warranty listing coverage is free and will cover up to $1,500 in repairs or replacements while the home is on the market.
ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVING
- Make travel arrangements if you’re moving farther away.
- Notify your work and children’s school of the move. Take your children’s records and send them to their new school.
- Transfer medical records to new physician.
- Begin measuring furniture to see if it will fit into your new home. If it doesn’t, sell or donate it.
- Pack non-essential items.
- Purchase a home warranty policy for your home to give to the buyer.
- Create an important documents folder. Here are some of the things you should include:
- Medical records for each family member
- School records for each family member
- Dental records for each family member
- Insurance policy
- Home warranty policy
- Moving expenses receipts
- Financial statements
TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Pack and label more items. For valuables or items you don’t want moved by your moving company, label them with “DON’T MOVE.”
ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING
- Schedule your utilities to be turned off on the day after you move, and turned on in your new home.
- Return any borrowed items, and try and get any lent items back.
- Finish packing items in your home. Remember to label them according to where they should go in your new home.
- Plan out where large furniture will go and give it to the moving company so they know where to place beds, dressers, etc.
- Back up your computer.
- Hire a cleaning company or deep clean your home.
- Throw away paint, oil, gasoline, and weed killers.
- Cancel all deliveries (newspaper, milk, etc.) and redirect them to your new home.
- Check with the moving company to go over moving plan again.
ON MOVING DAY
- Take apart furniture
- Tell the movers what needs to be done as you walk them through the home.
- Move all boxes into the truck and all boxes you’ll be moving yourself into your car.
- Walk through each room and check you’re not leaving anything behind
- Leave contact info for the new residents.
- Lock all doors
As you finish moving, remember to purchase a home warranty for your new house as well, if you don’t already have a protection plan. A home warranty will save you thousands of dollars on home repairs and replacements each year. When one of your covered home systems or appliances fails from normal wear and tear, your home warranty company will send a service contractor to repair or replace it for a $60 service call fee. This is especially helpful if you are moving into an older home with older appliances that will fail from normal use sooner rather than later.
For more information on home warranties, go to www.LandmarkHW.com. On Landmark’s main page, you can look into our home warranty plans, read more about our home warranty reviews, and compare us to other home warranty companies.