The Moving Diary: Moving In Checklist

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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. 

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