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Zip Moving & Storage makes moving easy, therefore we’ll provide you with all the information you need that will make your move successful. We created the ultimate moving checklist, reminders and tools guiding you weeks before your move and on your moving day ensuring everything goes smoothly.

It’s important to start checking off tasks from the list weeks ahead, therefore we have everything ready for you and you simply need to follow the list for a complete and successful relocation.

Moving Guide and Moving Checklist






  • RESEARCH MOVING COMPANIES – Before any other task, you need to figure out how you’re moving. Are you doing it yourself or will you hire a moving company? Start weighing out the best option and start budgeting for your relocation. Research online, read reviews or ask friends and family to recommend a reliable moving company that is insured.
  • CREATE A BUDGET FOR YOUR MOVE – When you decide whether you’re hiring a moving company or committing to a DIY, start budgeting and looking into moving expenses right away. It is important to start this task early on and avoid any hidden costs.
  • RESEARCH SCHOOLS – If you’re moving with school-aged children it is important to research schools before your move, and choose the best school for your child. Call in advance different school boards and ask the questions important to you in order to make the right choice. 
  • GIVE NOTICE TO YOUR LANDLORD – If you’re renting, in many cases you need to give your landlord at least a 60 days notice of your move. Keep this in mind, and be sure to double-check your lease agreement for any specific details on how to go about it before you even start planning your move.
  • SELL UNWANTED ITEMS – Purge! This is the perfect opportunity to have a yard sale or donate to charity all of the unwanted items you’ve been meaning to get rid of for the longest time. This way you’ll have less items to move and it will result in your move costing less. 
  • CREATE ROOM-BY-ROOM INVENTORY – This is an important step when moving. Creating an inventory of all the items you are moving will prevent a headache if you need to file a claim for damaged/stolen or lost goods. And also you will know exactly what you’re moving into your new home.


  • SCHEDULE YOUR MOVE – It’s time to schedule the movers! If you decide to go with the professionals the ideal time is to book 6 weeks before your move. This way you can ensure the movers are available for your desired move date. The busiest season for moving are summer months and weekends. If your budget is tight, aim for off season months or weekdays. 
  • RESERVE A STORAGE UNIT – Whether you’re looking for temporary storage while unpacking or a long term solution for your clutter, renting a storage unit is a great idea and should be done in advance. Many moving companies offer storage solutions together with moving services, therefore ask your company if they offer this option.
  • ORDER ALL MOVING SUPPLIES – If you are doing a DIY move then you need to order all of the moving supplies you’ll need such as boxes, tape, wrapping paper etc. Or in a case you hired a moving company but you are in charge of your own packing you will still need moving supplies.
  • CHECK AUTO & HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE – If moving you need to contact your auto and home insurance and ask if they do business in the area you’re moving to. If they don’t, then you may need to change insurance providers before your move.
  • TRANSFER UTILITIES – When you move you want all of your utilities set up and ready to go in your new home. Don’t forget to cancel or transfer your subscriptions and utilities. This includes: Electricity, gas, water, garbage pick up, mail subscriptions, phone, television and internet.
  • NOTIFY SCHOOLS OF YOUR MOVE – Notify your children’s schools about the move, that way all the paperwork will be transferred on time.
  • CONTACT HEALTHCARE PROVIDER – Contact your healthcare provider to assure seamless medical coverage during your moving process. If you’re moving out of state, and unfortunately can’t go to the same doctor, ask if they have any recommendations about good doctors in your new area.


  • MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – If you’re driving the moving truck yourself, you need to plan out your route in advance. In other instances, service your car that way you’re sure you won’t have any problems when traveling. Book your flight, hotel or rent a car.
  • START THE PACKING PROCESS – Before simply packing all of your belongings, strategize your packing process first. Start with non essentials first and items you don’t regularly use such as decorations, books, electronics etc. Lastly, start packing essentials, which include dinnerware, kitchen supplies, clothing, toiletries and things you will need in days leading up to the move. 
  • START USING UP REFRIGERATED FOOD AND PANTRY ITEMS – Unless you’re planning on bringing the food with you, it’s a smart idea to start using up stuff you have in your fridge starting now. You can also donate non-perishables by bringing them to your local food bank. 
  • HOST A GARAGE SALE – There’s no better time to get rid of your old couch, books, records than hosting a garage sale right before your move. Moving less items will definitely make your move easier and less expensive, as well as you’ll make an extra few bucks along the way.
  • RESEARCH YOUR NEW COMMUNITY – Take some time and research hangout spots and entertainment in your new neighborhood. This will help you and your family get a better idea of what interesting spots are there near your new home and also will make you feel more comfortable during your moving process. 
  • TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS – Make sure your pets have ID tags for their collars. Don’t forget and request copies of vet records and get necessary pet medication.
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  • FORWARD MAIL & CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS – Fortunately, forwarding mail is an easy task. Simply go to your nearest and choose the date you wish to begin forwarding your mail. Make sure to let all of your friends and family know where you’re moving to. Contact all the businesses that may need your new address(banks, insurance companies), Ideal time to do this is 2-3 weeks in advance.
  • REQUEST TIME OFF WORK – If you’re moving during a weekday, speak to your employer and request a personal day off. For those who are unable to take the time off, try and arrange for a family member or a friend to welcome the movers on the moving day.
  • CREATE A DOCUMENT FILE – Organizing and keeping your documents close is very important. Simply buy a binder and section it by documentation. Please remember to keep all of the moving paperwork on you, especially on the moving day there will be documents that you need to show and sign on spot with the movers. 
  • CONFIRM IMPORTANT DATES – Keep a list of your scheduled services in your moving binder. Confirm services with any companies you booked services with. Go down the list and verify everything is still scheduled as planned. 
  • GET A BABYSITTER OR A PET SITTER –  Moving day is hectic. Let’s be honest, scheduling a sitter for your kids or pets will be much easier on you and it will keep them entertained and out of the way. If that’s not in your budget, you can ask close friends to keep an eye on them for a couple of hours. 
  • DO FINAL PACKING – You already packed most of your items and now it’s time to do the last of your packing. Make sure your boxes are collected, labelled and your valuables identified. 
  • BACKUP YOUR COMPUTER – You don’t want to risk losing your work or important documents that are on your computer. To be safe, backup your computer on a hard drive, that way you can be at ease when moving.
  • PLAN A GOING AWAY PARTY – Your neighbors, friends and family deserve a proper goodbye. Plan a get together or go to your favorite restaurant for a nice meal and talk about the great times you had while living here.


  • DO LAUNDRY –  Eliminate extra tasks that will disrupt the moving process. Some dirty laundry is inevitable so keep a laundry basket or garbage bag for sheets, blankets, and clothes.
  • CLEAN YOUR OLD HOME – Now that nearly everything is packed and ready to go, you can get your home ready for new residents or for sale. Wipe down the windows, sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets.
  • PREPARE FOR YOUR FINAL WALK-THROUGH – Do a final walk-through of the house, ensuring you didn’t forget anything, all the appliances are unplugged, and make sure to know how to find a water heater, circuit breakers, and water shut-off valves. 
  • PACK AN ESSENTIAL BOX – Pack an essential box of all the items you will need in the first 24-hours in your new home. Items such as change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, towels etc.
  • GET CASH – Have enough money to tip your movers for their hard work, and also if there are some last minute emergencies and unexpected needs.
  • CLEAN YOUR OLD HOME – Now that nearly everything is packed and ready to go, you can get your home ready for new residents or for sale. Wipe down the windows, sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets.


  • ENERGIZE – Eat a balanced breakfast and have plenty of water and snacks on hand to keep you going. This will be a busy day and you need to prepare your body to be on the move.
  • PICK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT – Arrive 15 minutes early or check-in online to pick up your moving truck. There is always the potential for extended lines or traffic delays. If you’ve hired a moving crew, make sure everything is ready to go before they arrive.
  • PROTECT YOUR FLOORS – If you’re going with the professional movers, you don’t have to worry about your floors, since the movers will already protect both your floors and walls during the moving process. For DIY moves you want to avoid scratching and staining your floors, you can simply place plastic sheets, old tarps or old carpets around the house. 
  • ORDER PIZZA OR DONUTS – The best thing you can do for those helping your move is having everything in order once they arrive. The best second thing is feed them while they help
  • TAKE CARE OF ANY CHILDREN AND PETS – Whether you’re dropping them with a sitter or keeping them busy in another room, make sure you have the proper arrangements ready to go for children and pets.
  • KEEP ANY IMPORTANT PAPERS SAFE – Make copies of moving receipts and statements for future reference and taxes. Or just secure them away in the pocket of your moving binder.
  • TIP YOUR MOVERS – A cash tip is a nice gesture to show your appreciation that means a lot to the movers. We recommend 15%-20% off your total bill for large moves, and 5%-10% for small ones. It all depends on what your budget is, but we’re sure anything will be appreciated.
  • KEEP CALM AND BREATHE – Remember to take your day one step at a time and allow yourself time for a break or several. Keep yourself hydrated and have a positive attitude. This will make sure your move runs smoothly.


Congrats you’re all moved in! The most important things are checked off your list, but there’s a few more things that need to be done to make your new place a home. Unpack, decorate, and have fun personalizing your home.

  • LEAVE A REVIEW WITH YOUR MOVING COMPANY – If you’re happy with your move, leave a nice review. It means a lot for moving companies and also for potential customers in search for reliable movers.
  • CHANGE THE LOCKS – You don’t know how many people had the keys to your house before you moved. The safest thing to do is change the locks right away.
  • CLEAN YOU NEW HOME – Your new home was most likely cleaned before you moved in, but it won’t hurt to wipe down counters and mop the floors. 
  • UNPACK – Unpacking can be an overwhelming process. Start with essentials, such as kitchenware, linens etc. Once you’ve unpacked the important things, start unpacking room by room until you’ve finished unpacking the whole house. 
  • CALL FOR PEST CONTROL – Before you really get comfortable in your new home, call a local exterminator to come and check out your new home to identify any potential bug problems.
  • INSTALL NEW HOME SECURITY SYSTEM – You know the saying, better be safe than sorry. The best thing to keep you and your family safe in your new home is getting a home security system. Once you purchase one, call your service security system provider and they’ll guide you through how to set it up.
  • GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD – Get out there and explore your old neighborhood. Check out stores nearby, cafes and shops. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and start creating memories.
  • HOST A HOUSEWARMING PARTY – You are all settled in your new home and unpacked, it’s time to throw a housewarming party for all your friends and family to show them your new place and invite your new neighbors for a proper introduction.

If you followed our detailed moving checklist, your move should have been easy and successful. You’re all moved in, settled into your new home and the hardest thing about moving is done. Now, sit back, relax and start making memories in your new home.