📦 Moving checklist & reminders
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📦 Moving checklist & reminders

Set the plan date for your tentative move date. Everything you need to remember when moving, from donating unwanted items to getting competitive mover bids to remembering to change your address. Common is a global residential manager making city living easier for renters through the thoughtful use of technology and design. Common delivers exceptional experiences for thousands of residents across coliving, microunits, and traditional apartments. Learn more about how Common makes moving and city living easy: https://www.common.com/

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  • 📦 Ask your new employer for relocation assistance

    If you’re moving for a new job, hammer out the details with them. Many companies offer assistance with relocation.

    • 30m
    • 9 weeks before
  • 📦 Give your landlord notice of vacancy and negotiate a move-out date

    Give your landlord proper notice so you don’t have to pay any extra rent or fees. For shorter moves, try to negotiate an extra day or two on your lease. Having extra time may mean you don’t need to hire any help.

    • 60m
    • 9 weeks before
  • 📦 Book in-between accommodations early

    If you haven’t found a new place to stay yet, look for affordable accommodations on Airbnb but book them in advance. https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_bookinginbetweenaccomodations

    • 60m
    • 8 weeks before
  • 📦 Sell valuable items you're not moving

    Of the items you're ready to part with, some might be easy to sell like designer clothes, media, or sports equipment. Listings are free on Facebook Marketplace or apps like OfferUp: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_sellunwanteditems

    • 60m
    • 8 weeks before
  • 📦 Lighten your load & donate

    Before you start packing, go through your closet and donate clothes you don't wear or items you might not have use for anymore. The Salvation Army has drop off locations across the U.S. and offers pick-up in select areas: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_donateunwanteditems

    • 60m
    • 7 weeks before
  • 📦 Make an inventory list

    Make a simple inventory list. If you know what you have, you’re less likely to lose anything or buy a duplicate. Pinterest has some good templates to print out: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_inventorylist

    • 60m
    • 7 weeks before
  • 📦 Organize your current stuff for your new home

    Consider the storage space and what you'll need in your new home. Especially if you're downsizing or moving in with someone, prioritize what you'll need in the new space and ditch the rest.

    • 120m
    • 6 weeks before
  • 📦 Collect quotes for moving trucks or services

    Ask for printed quotes, and don’t be afraid to share them with other services and ask if moving up or back a few days can lower their bid. If possible, avoid moving during the summer or early fall; demand for moving services will be higher, and everything will cost you more. We recommend Clutter for moving and storage: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_collectmovingcompanyquotes

    • 60m
    • 6 weeks before
  • 📦 Organize documents and electronics

    Sort through junk drawers and cabinets. File papers and important documents, collect stray tools, batteries, cords, and other miscellaneous things and find them a home. If you need to shred documents, Office Depot provides shredding in-store or via pick up: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_shredunwanteddocuments

    • 60m
    • 5 weeks before
  • 📦 Compare quotes on new insurance

    If you’re moving to a new state, you will need a new car insurance policy. But even if you’re moving to a new city in the same state, your rates may change significantly. Make sure you compare rates from several companies to find the best deal. Forbes has a widget to do so: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_comparenewinsurancequotes

    • 60m
    • 4 weeks before
  • 📦 Buy moving supplies

    Before dropping hundreds on new boxes, ask around town for used boxes, and utilize all the tote bags you have so you’re not paying the premium for brand new packing supplies. Amazon sells a bundle of 30 boxes, bubble wrap, and tape: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_buymovingsupplies

    • 60m
    • 4 weeks before
  • 📦 Pack items you use least, first

    Begin packing storage areas first, but don’t pack your toolbox just yet. Separate any items you might need in between moves, like medications and other small valuable items such as passports so that you can transport them yourself. Keep cleaning supplies easily accessible so you can clean before unpacking in the new place.

    • 120m
    • 3 weeks before
  • 📦 Check your rental for damage

    If you're moving out of a rental, check for fineable damage. Look for scratches on floors and buff them out. Replace any damaged blinds or window screens. Check your lease and ask your landlord if you’ll be expected to pay for carpet cleaning or other professional services. In some cases, it will be cheaper to rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself. Home Depot rents them: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_rentcarpetcleaner

    • 60m
    • 2 weeks before
  • 📦 Label boxes thoughtfully

    Clearly label each moving box, and use your inventory list to track any additional details about how your items are stored. Good notes will save you a huge amount of time and energy! These moving labels from Amazon can streamline the process: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_markmovingboxes

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Change or cancel memberships

    If you’re moving to a new city, make sure you cancel your gym membership or move locations for any other local services you use.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Remove wall decor & pack fragile items with care

    Remove artwork, photos, and other decor from the walls and pack them carefully. You can also pack any collectibles or other display items. Here's a helpful video showing the best way to wrap and pack breakables: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_howtopackfragileitems

    • 60m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Cook through your pantry and fridge items

    Avoid take-out as moving day approaches. Instead, eat the food that’s been sitting in your pantry. You’ll save money and have less to pack. The Kitchn has 100 recipes using pantry staples: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_mealswithpantryitems

    • 60m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Change your utilities and internet

    Contact your utility, cable, and internet services to disconnect them. You can’t always control what time they’ll be shut off, so schedule it for the day after your move.

    • 60m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Update addresses on accounts and forward mail

    Update your address with your insurance carrier, bank, and phone company. File for mail forwarding at the post office. This will only work for 12 months, but it should give you plenty of time to update your address with anyone you forgot. Use this checklist for all the addresses that need updating: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_addresschangechecklist

    • 60m
    • 1 week before
  • 📦 Pack your suitcase with essentials

    Pack a suitcase with your essentials including toiletries/medicines, and finish boxing up any remaining clothing and shoes. The Spruce has a handy list of items you'll want to keep within reach during your move: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_essentialmovingsupplies

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 📦 Clean while you pack

    Start scrubbing as you pack. Dust all your furniture, and clean the legs of all your tables, couches, and chairs before the movers arrive. (There’s no reason to track dirt into your new home!)

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 📦 If moving yourself, be prepared

    Here are a few reminders if you're going to be moving furniture yourself: - Load the largest and heaviest items first. - Use moving blankets and pads and work slowly to avoid damage. - Plan for eating breaks throughout the day, and drink plenty of water. - Once all of the boxes and furniture are cleared out, clean all the areas you haven’t been able to reach yet. If you need to rent a moving van, Budget offers rental trucks: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_budgettruckrental

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 📦 Pack your pantry

    In the few days leading up to the move, begin packing your pantry. Consider donating excess food to a food bank. You can find a location near you here: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_donateunwantedfood

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 📦 Let the movers do their job

    If you hired professional movers, let them do the work. Their insurance won’t cover anything you damage or any injury you maintain. Don’t be afraid to talk to them and supervise the operation. Tipping is customary - here's a guide to what you should give: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_howmuchtotipthemovers

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Take a last look at the old place and take photos

    Take one last look through every drawer, closet, and cabinet before you say goodbye to your old place. If you have a yard, make sure you haven’t left any tools, furniture, or grilling equipment outside. Make sure to take photos of the space after you move out in case there are any disputed damages with the landlord.

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Take a last look in the moving truck

    If you’re using a moving company, make sure the truck is completely empty before they leave. Check fragile items and furniture for damage - take photos if necessary.

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Document any damage in the new place

    Document any pre-existing damage to your new home and take pictures for your records. Ask for repairs or reimbursement on anything that needs to be fixed ASAP. Tenant rights vary by state, but here is a general overview of what you're entitled to: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_tenantrights

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Clean before you unpack

    Make sure your new home is clean before you start unpacking, and vacuum or dust as needed.

    • 120m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Don't procrastinate unpacking

    Unpack the necessities, and organize as much as you’re able to on the first day in your new home. You’ll probably sleep better if you’re not surrounded by clutter!

    • 120m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Create an unpacking timeline

    Make a timeline for finishing the job over the next few days. Your house won’t feel like home until you’ve unpacked your things and finished decorating.

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Familiarize yourself with the neighborhood

    Get to know the nearest grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants. Check out the "local highlights" section of the Common blog for our recommendations: https://link.joinarrange.com/movingchecklist_Commonlocalhighlights

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 📦 Delete your old address from shopping accounts

    Delete your old address from online retailers so you don’t accidentally order anything to your old place.

    • 15m
    • 1 week after
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