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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided to move. That’s a great idea! Everyone can use a change of pace and scenery from time to time. But you should know something – moving can get really complicated really fast. That’s why you want to plan ahead and organize your moving process. That way, you can be sure everything will be running smoothly. If you organize your move well, you won’t have to be afraid of forgetting something important or doing anything wrong. In the spirit of that, we’ve decided to give you a hand – here are a few tips on making a great moving checklist!

Do an inventory

Okay, so you’re officially starting to plan your move! Congrats on that! So, what are the reminders your moving checklist will absolutely be useless without? Let’s begin with one of the most important things you’ll have to do before you move. Wait, let’s scratch that – this is something you’ll have to do long before you move. We’re talking about the earliest phases of planning here, to be honest. Basically, what you’ll need to do is a big inventory of your household.

First of all, this is important because you need to know the general amount of stuff you plan on moving. But also, doing inventory will help you realize there are things you don’t need to move at all. There’s nothing like moving when it comes to taking a step back. That’s when you’ll realize you’ve got a ton of stuff you don’t really need. So, after doing inventory you can donate your extra things, or maybe organize a yard sale if you’ve got the time for it. And after you’ve got only the things you’re taking with you left, you can plan further. This will come in handy when you’re buying packing materials, for example.

Stick to your budget using a moving checklist

And while we’re on the subject of buying, let’s talk a bit about the money. When it comes to moving, it’s important to realize early on that this will not be a cheap endeavor. Really, you want to move to your new home without needless spending. There’s no point in a new household if you’re burning through your savings in the process. So, it’s important to make a moving budget early on. This way, you’ll know exactly how much moving will cost you, and you’ll be able to plan ahead. This comes in handy for everything from buying packing materials to getting a moving quote. 

We know what you’re thinking – it’s not easy keeping track of all these expenses. That’s where your moving checklist comes to the rescue! While you’re making your checklist and listing all your future obligations, chores and purchases,  think of the cost. Make sure to find out how much every item on your moving list will cost so that you can keep track of your spending. And lastly, don’t forget to plan for unexpected costs! Make sure to leave some financial wiggle room for any unforeseen developments.

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A moving checklist will come in handy for sticking to your budget!

Hiring a good moving company

Okay, if you’ve done your budget in accordance with your moving checklist, you’ve probably realized something – moving is really expensive. Now obviously, every home relocation is different, just as every household is unique. But there’s something that connects every move. Around this phase of the planning, between doing your budget and hiring a moving company, everyone has the same thought. Could I do this on my own?

Yeah, we know you’ll take a look at how much each thing on your moving checklist costs, it’ll probably seem like hiring a moving company is the most expensive one. We get, it really – no matter how much cash you’ve got, you’re trying to shave off some costs. In that situation, not hiring a moving company may seem like a good idea. We have to warn you, though – that’s a big mistake. With your inexperience in moving, you’re bound to make some mistakes. And these will probably cost you more time and money in the long run. That’s why it’s best you leave this in the hands of professionals. Really, learning about a reputable moving company should be at the absolute top of your moving checklist.

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A professional moving company will handle everything for you!

Packing easily with your moving checklist

Okay, now we’re coming to a part of your move where your checklist will come in handy the most – packing. There’s really no segment of your relocation that will make as much use from good organization. You’ll have a lot of things to pack, and keeping yourself organized with your moving checklist is crucial. Here are a few reminders to put on your moving checklist regarding the packing:

  • Separate your valuables – Regardless of what moving company you hire, you’ll want to keep your most valuable items with you. If you’ve got any very valuable jewelry or important work files, you might want to transport them yourself.
  • See what items you can move – Bear in mind though, that there are certain things most moving companies won’t transport for you. These are mostly items that are classified as hazardous materials, such as pesticides, poison, fertilizer, fireworks, fuel and such. If you really need to transport those, make sure to make other arrangements.
  • Labeling – Make sure to remember to label everything you pack. This will save you a lot of unpacking stress down the road, trust us. This way, you’ll quickly know what box contains what when you arrive in your new home.
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Packing will be much easier if you follow your moving checklist!


We hope we’ve helped you design your perfect moving checklist. Just make sure you use it and not forget to contact your moving company! Trust us, this will prove to be one of the most useful tools during your move. If you check everything frequently and remain focused and calm, you’ll be moving into your new home in no time and all!