When it comes to life’s biggest events, there are few occasions as exciting as moving into a new house. As you turn your key for the first time on moving day, you open your door to future family memories, a new community, and opportunities to make your house a dream home. 

But your journey to a new home begins well before the day you load your final box into the moving truck. And if there’s one thing every new homeowner needs to make sure each of their belongings travels from their old home to their new one safely, it’s a practical guide.

In this moving to a new house checklist, we’ll outline everything you need to check off in the weeks leading up to your move. For moving tips for apartments, check out our related post for a moving to a new apartment checklist to make sure you’re organized before moving day.

#1 Update Your Addresses 

Chief on any moving checklist is updating your new address. You might not realize how many businesses and other services you use need to have your updated information, so it’s usually a good idea to make a list. 1

Among the most important places to notify of your change of address include: 

  • Post office
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Healthcare providers

You should also be sure to update your information on any online or delivery services you use, like Amazon Prime and DoorDash.

#2 Research Movers

If you’re hiring a moving company to help with your moving process, you should begin researching companies and their moving expenses right away, especially if the move is across a longer distance. If you’re curious about what to do when moving states, our resource center can help supply you with a moving to another state checklist to make sure the interstate move is as easy as possible.

A Professional mover can be a tremendous asset when it comes to loading, transporting, and unloading your personal belongings—but dependable movers book up fast. And finding a reliable company is crucial if you want to ensure that your belongings are handled with care. 

That being said, the best moving companies have:

  • Impeccable reputations
  • Positive customer reviews
  • Ample experience 
  • Efficient communication
  • Thorough estimates

#3 Transfer Utilities 

Be proactive about arranging for your utility services. This means setting up services at your new place and making sure to cancel them at your old house. 

These days, the modern home uses a wide range of services. Be sure to account for all of the utilities you use, including:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Cable
  • Internet

#4 Arrange for Self-Storage

Sometimes, even the most well-planned moves aren’t resolved in a single day. Often, moving to a new house means making decisions about what personal belongings are going to be part of your new home and which ones will be stored temporarily. 

As such, booking a self-storage unit near your new home can make for a quick move-in and provide you with a place to store the items you aren’t taking with you.

Not sure what size storage unit you need? Price Self Storage’s storage unit size guide can help you estimate how much space you’ll need to store everything comfortably.

#5 Gather Packing Materials and Supplies 

From cardboard boxes for your personal belongings to bubble wrap to keep your valuables intact, it takes a lot of supplies to pack up your life and move to a house.2 That’s why your moving checklist should include a detailed list of everything you’ll need to pack your home.

In addition to boxes and bubble wrap, you’ll also need the following supplies:

  • Packing tape
  • Markers and/or labels
  • Furniture pads
  • Moving blankets
  • Tool set
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Scissors
  • Dollies

#6 Itemize All of Your Belongings

Yes, all of them. You’ve probably accumulated a lot of things over the time you’ve spent in your current home. But, your big move will go much smoother if you take the time to make an inventory of everything you own. 

Often, this starts with decluttering your home. Among other things, this will give you a more complete picture of your belongings, and you’ll be able to make decisions about what to take with you to your new home and what to put in storage.

It may also be helpful to have an inventory if you’re working with a moving company to ensure each of your belongings made it to your new home. 

#7 Pack, Pack, Pack 

One of the biggest jobs of your move is packing up all of your belongings. Fortunately, you’ve already gone through everything that you own and decluttered your home. That’ll make packing much, much easier.

Another way to make packing a breeze is to start early. Instead of rushing to pack up everything in the last few days, spread it out over the course of two to eight weeks. 

Begin by packing up the nonessential items you won’t need during your last weeks at your old house, such as decor, linens, books, and artwork. Then, you can move on to more essential items in the final days like clothing, hygiene items, and cooking supplies.

Price Self Storage: The Reliable Option for Self-Storage 

Whether you need a place to store your things while you prepare for your move or a place for your belongings while you get your new home in order, Price Self Storage has a self-storage unit for you. 

Available in a range of sizes to suit any storage needs across Northern and Southern California, Price Self Storage is the solution for storing your belongings with peace of mind. 

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Sources: 

  1. Moving.com. Change of Address Checklist. https://www.moving.com/tips/change-address-checklist-who-to-notify-when-you-move/ 
  2. Moving.com. The Definitive List of Moving Supplies. https://www.moving.com/tips/the-definitive-list-of-moving-supplies/