Stay on schedule and organized with this moving timeline.
Six to Eight Weeks Before
- Get organized: Create a “Moving” file or notebook to keep all move-related information in one place, such as estimates, receipts and a detailed “inventory” of all the items you need to move.
- Budget: Whether you decide to hire professionals or choose a more DIY approach, consider all of your moving-related expenses and plan accordingly. Call for estimates. Some moving expenses may be tax deductable, so check with the IRS now to find out if yours are eligible.
- Set the date: Commit to your move date. Remember, not all banks or offices keep weekend hours, so plan accordingly if you think you may need those services on moving day.
- Measure up: Check the dimensions of your new home to match to your existing furniture – you want to know now if your sofa fits through your new front door! Measure your large items to make sure you can also pack and move them appropriately.
One Month Before
- Choose your mover: Select a service and be sure you know what you’re paying for (will they pack for you? What won’t they move?). For DIY-ers, enlist the help of friends and ask them to set aside time to help with your move. Need help choosing your method? View our Moving Guide to review the pros & cons of each, along with additional things to consider.
- Need a truck? Since you've already set a date, measured & decided on a moving method, you should know by now if you'll need a rental truck for your move. You can view our Truck Rentals section for guidelines on what size you'll need and things to know before you rent.
- Start buying/collecting packing supplies (unless these materials are provided by your moving service). Review our Packing Tips for help thinking about what you'll need.
- Take care of the utilities: Arrange for transfer of your utilities or contact your current and future providers with your move dates. Not sure of your future providers? Check our Utilities Guide for providers in your area. Give yourself an extra day – 1 day before and 1 day after – just in case you need those services for an emergency or change of plans. Current Bright House Networks customers can use our Moving - Transfer form.
Be sure to contact the following:
- Internet service
- Phone service
- Security systems
- Trash/recycling pickup
- Find out if any equipment (for example, cable boxes or modems) needs to be returned. If so, ask when and where the old equipment should be dropped and the new equipment picked up.
- File change of address with the US Post Office.
- Notify the following of your move: your bank and/or brokerage company, your HR department, credit card & insurance company along with any newspapers or magazines you subscribe to.
- Lamps should be disassembled and packed. Don’t use newspaper as a cushion for lampshades – it smudges.
- Make the necessary arrangements for your pets (if applicable).
Two Weeks Before
- Schedule time off: notify your workplace of any absences related to your moving day.
- Confirm the moving and travel arrangements for your belongings, pets & family.
- Start packing. View our Packing Tips for helpful hints & suggestions to make this process easier.
One Week Before
- Finish packing and prepare the boxes/bags you’ll carry with you of “essentials”.
- Drain/empty/defrost all necessary items, such as from water hoses, mowers, freezers and any other applicable items.
- Fill any prescriptions you’ll need over the next few weeks.
One to Two Days Before
- Go over the details – arrival time, contact info, etc – with your moving company or friends/family participating in the move.
- Get ready to pay: some services may need to be paid in cash or other specific form of payment (such as a cashier’s check or money order). Be sure that you have the payment you’ll need at the ready.
- Drop off any equipment due back to service providers (cable boxes, modems, etc).
- Make sure all your cell phones are charged & everyone has the numbers they’ll need.
- Be ready for your movers: make sure you’ve got a good night’s sleep & are up and ready when your moving crew arrives.
- Verify the moving company information, including the truck number and inventory lists against your own records.
- Take out the garbage. Do one last check to make sure nothing has been left behind or overlooked.
- Make sure heat/air, light switches have been turned off along with the water lines.
- This will help if something is missing, misplaced, or mishandled and at tax time.
After Moving Day
- Store your moves file/documentation in a safe place.
- Get a new driver’s license and any necessary DMV documentation.
- Follow up on any applicable security deposits or credits owed to you from your former residence or moving services.
- You’ll likely need to be home for certain services to be activated in your new residence, such as TV or high speed internet. You should have already made this appointment, but be sure that you or an eligible member of your household is at home for your installation.