Move Planner / Checklist

Move Planning Koldon Moving Lake Zurich

Move Planner/ Checklist

Pre-planning is the secret of a good move.

A good moving plan involves your setting three important dates … for packing, loading, and delivery to your new home. These three dates form a solid framework for your plan.

If possible, allow a time-span of 30 days. This will let you schedule your activities wisely.

Choose your moving day carefully. Avoid peak periods if possible: the first few days of the month, and the last few days of the month. These are the times when everyone wants to move. Also keep in mind that it is easier to arrange for appliance and utility services on weekdays.

A good checklist is essential. Start planning early, and you’ll be surprised how smoothly things will go.

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4-6 Weeks Before Move

checkbox Have an inventory session. Decide what to move, what not to move.
checkbox Make arrangements for trip (hotel/airline reservations, routing, etc.)
checkbox Schedule a moving sale for items you won’t move. Donate other items to charitable organizations (get receipt for tax records).
checkbox Arrange for packing. We recommend you have Koldon Moving & Storage do it for you. If you pack yourself, the special cartons you will need are available from Koldon Moving & Storage.
checkbox Gather personal records: medical, dental, school, birth, baptismal, marriage, etc. Arrange to send transcripts of school records in advance to new schools
checkbox Close local department store and other charge accounts.
checkbox Arrange with employer to forward tax withholding forms.

Make arrangements to discontinue:

checkbox Newspaper delivery
checkbox Water softener service
checkbox Electricity (check for refund)
checkbox Telephone service
checkbox Water service
checkbox Gas service (check for refund), Fuel or oil delivery
checkbox Garbage collection
checkbox Diaper service
checkbox Lawn/pool service
checkbox Make advance arrangements for these services in your new location.

Mail change of address cards to:

checkbox Post office
checkbox Social Security office
checkbox Insurance companies
checkbox Credit cards
checkbox Magazines
checkbox Friends and relatives
checkbox Mail order accounts


2-3 Weeks Before Move

checkbox Fill and transfer prescriptions for family and pets. Pack them to travel with you.
checkbox Arrange for shipment of plants and pets. Get immunization records for pets.
checkbox Safely dispose of or give away all flammables (paints, paint removers, etc.) as they will be impossible to move.


1 Week Before Move

checkbox Defrost refrigerator and freezer, plus allow thorough air-drying to prevent mildew. Arrange for disposal of frozen foods (sell, give away, or eat). Clean oven.
checkbox Transfer checking and savings accounts.
checkbox Drain fuel and oil from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
checkbox Drain garden hoses.
checkbox Pack items to be carried in car. Label “Do Not Move”.
checkbox Gather valuables from safe deposit box, drawers, jewelry cases, personal records. Pack safely to take with you.
checkbox Send clothing, draperies, curtains, rugs out for cleaning and leave in wrapping. Take down curtain rods, shelves, TV antenna.
checkbox Have car serviced for trip and have proof of insurance in car.


Moving Day

checkbox Remember to pack a box of the basics you’ll need on move-in day (tools, paper products, all-purpose household cleaners, etc.). Be sure to have it loaded last so that it will be first off at your new home.
checkbox Pack suitcases for trip. Remove all bed linens.
checkbox Be available to check items on inventory sheet.
checkbox Conduct a last minute walk through with your van operator. Make sure windows are closed, closets empty, lights out and doors locked.


Delivery Day

checkbox Be available to check off items on the inventory as they are removed from the van.