Moving Checklist

Your Massachusetts Moving Checklist

THRIVE Real Estate Specialists can refer you to trustworthy moving professionals. Whether you are using professional services, or moving your household yourself, plan ahead with this moving checklist!


Moving Checklist 1

6 to 8 weeks before your move:

  • Protect yourself against moving fraud: visit
  • Get written estimates for movers or rental truck
  • Schedule movers or rental truck
  • Create inventory of household items
  • Clean out all closets and drawers


4 to 6 weeks before your move:

  • Get packing supplies: boxes, packing paper, tape, markers
  • Use up or dispose of food, cleaning supplies, and hazardous materials
  • Sort through belongings – donate excess clothing and furniture
  • Begin packing non-essentials


2 to 3 weeks before your move:

  • Set aside critical documents and valuables that you will personally transport
  • Transfer prescriptions
  • Arrange for move of pets and for kennel/boarding as needed
  • Notify parties of your new address:
  • Family and friends
  • Medical providers
  • Schools
  • Employers
  • Health, life, and auto insurance policies
  • Credit card bills
  • Fill out change-of-address card with post office
  • Arrange utility services (cancel old; start new)


1 week or less before your move:

  • Defrost freezer
  • Clean refrigerator, stove, and oven
  • Confirm arrival time of movers/pick-up time of rental truck
  • Have payment ready for movers
  • Gather and clean outdoor furniture
  • Return cable box, cable modem, DSL modem
  • Finish packing


Moving day:

  • Ensure that cupboards, closets, storage areas are empty
  • Transport pets using secure pet crates and carriers
  • Transport important papers and valuables
  • Give movers final instructions
  • Disassemble beds & pack bedding
  • Final walk-through before leaving


After the move:

  • Change address on:
  • Driver’s license
  • Auto registration
  • Voter registration
  • Bank accounts


Please contact THRIVE Real Estate Specialists for referral to local movers, suppliers, storage companies and more!

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