The Ultimate Moving Checklist - 20 Things to Do Before Moving into a New Home

With all the excitement of a new home, it's easy to forget small tasks that need to be done before you move in. Be sure to check out this ultimate moving checklist to help you out! Putting in some extra preparation before the big day will make the process smooth and prevent undue stress. See the list below and listen to the show for extra details and tips from Dave and Robert.

Move. Cardboard boxes and cleaning things for moving into a new home
  1. Make a moving day schedule for your whole family (don't forget your pets!).
  2. Plan and stick to a moving budget.
  3. Hire the right moving company, or get the right people to help you.
  4. Remember not to establish new lines of credit, like purchasing a car or all new furniture for your new home. This could interfere with your new home's financing and prevent closing!
  5. Turn on the utilities ahead of time. Call and establish electricity, water, etc. in your name.
  6. Be sure to set-up or transfer your internet and cable service ahead of time.
  7. Order an energy audit on your new home to see if there is any room for savings once you move in.
  8. Make sure to complete any needed repairs before you move, no matter how small!
  9. Do a deep clean. It's never easier to do then when your new home is empty.
  10. Replace the home's locks and put an extra key in a lockbox.
  11. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  12. Plan and do any major renovations.
  13. Consider purchasing a home warranty to cover future home repairs.
  14. Buy a fire extinguisher for every level of the home, kitchen and garage. 
  15. Create a fire escape plan with your family.
  16. Get to know your new home, including where your circuit breaker and water main shut off is located.
  17. Label your home's electrical panel. This will make things so much easier for you when you need to use it!
  18. Childproof your new home before moving in!
  19. Don't forget to update your address with the postal service and any online billing services you use.
  20. Make sure to update friends and family with your new address!