The Moving Diary: Moving In Checklist


No one loves packing up their stuff and moving. It’s the worst. It’s also one of the most stressful situations in life, and it shouldn’t be! That’s why you need a moving in checklist!

We’re moving all of our belongings and everything that’s important to us from one address to another — and we have to do it in a limited time.

I just recently moved into a new place on April 1 (you might remember my “PODS” article a few weeks ago!), and had to deal with all the struggles and unpleasantness of moving in, unpacking, cleaning and all that stuff. So I thought I’d share this checklist of things to do when you’re moving in to a new home.

Moving In Checklist

This is all the stuff you need to try to do before/during your move-in. Some can be done after, but most would be much easier to do before you move in all of your furniture and boxes.

  • Paint the walls
  • Remove popcorn ceilings
  • Wallpaper
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Deep clean bathrooms/kitchen
  • Refinish hardwood floors
  • Clean the carpets with a steam cleaner while no furniture is in the way
  • Seal any leaks in sinks/showers
  • Replace fire extinguisher
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Pest control
  • Set up home security or home automation
  • Check to see if your furnace or air conditioner needs a tune up
  • Check/fix windows and air ducts for leaks
  • Start a Home Maintenance calendar

The worst thing about “almost moving” into a new place is that everything you need at your new place is always at the old place — until you move. So stock the new place with things you are almost positive you’ll need while getting the new place ready for a move.

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Soap, shampoo
  • Towels
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Trash bags
  • Radio
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Bottle opener
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks!

Let me know if there’s anything you have on your “must-do” moving in checklist that I might have forgotten! And don’t forget — enter your new street address below to see what Cable TV, Internet and Home Phone providers are in your area.