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Moving Checklist: Move Day and a Week or So Before

As you get close to your move, there are a few things that need your attention. The week before can feel a bit daunting. See our Moving Checklist: Weeks Before You Move checklist to help you get better prepared.

Mail: Setup mail forwarding with your Post Office.

Update Your Address: Notify relevant vendors of your address change. Here’s a starter list:

  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Loan Providers
  • Credit Cards
  • Subscriptions
  • Banks
  • Your Employer
  • Insurance companies
  • Auto insurance and registration
  • Voter registration
  • Social Security benefits
  • Government offices

Moving Day Itinerary: Put together an itinerary. Map out your full day including a list of contacts. You don’t want to be looking for numbers when you need to connect with a provider or friend/family member when you are in the middle of moving.

Needed at Hand: Pack a bag(s) with items that you’ll need easy access to during your move. This includes a change of clothes and toiletries.

If you have children, have them create a treasure box or bag, and put the things they want to keep with them during move into the box/bag.

Easy Access: Consider what items you will need quick access to in your new place. Some you may want to take with you, others you will just want to be unloaded first/or quickly identified at your new home. Be sure to tell your movers so they can pack appropriate things together and identify them quickly for you when they are unloading.

Special Items: Identify special items you want to be given special care in the move. You’ll want to share this with your move team at the beginning of move day.

Items Not Being Moved: Clear out any items that are not being moved. Don’t want these to inadvertently be packed and moved.

Move Prep: Where you can, have items ready for packing and moving. Some items may need to be disassembled others organized. The more prepared you are, the faster and more efficient your move team can be.

Children and Pets: For the safety for all, it is recommended that young children and pets not be in the moving area. Consider activities that will keep them engaged while the move team is packing and moving you. Or, arrange for them to spend the day with family or friends.

Day Of:

  • Start the day with your moving team going over what is going to happen and when, sharing items you want easy access to, any special handling, and ask any questions about packing and moving that you’d like to better understand. At Buehler Companies, moving for you is like moving for family. We work with you all along the way and want to make sure all of your questions are answered.
  • If you can, it’s ideal for you to be with the move team day of giving them guidance and answering any questions they may have. If you can’t be there, no worries. Do a prep call in advance.
  • After the moving truck/van is loaded, do a final walk-through to check all rooms, closets and cabinets for any missed items. If you can, use your phone and take pictures of everything. If you are in house, recommend you also walk around and check the yard and outside of the house, including sheds or other storage areas. If you are an in apartment, and have a storage bin, remember to check it too.


You made it! Once you get through Move Day, here’s to looking forward to your new home. We appreciate moving can be stressful. See our ideas for Making Moving Fun.

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