A Moving List of What You Need to Do 4 Weeks Before You Move

Everything You Need to Do in the Next Month

Man carries packed moving boxes while a woman continues to pack boxes

With a month to go before the big day, you may be feeling like you'll never get it all done, but trust me, you can if you using this moving list of stuff to do four weeks before the movers arrive. All you need to do is take a breath, stop looking at the big picture and start concentrating on the small steps. Use this moving list to check off each step as you go. 

Contact your utility and service companies

Arrange the date when your service can be disconnected, and if needed, the date it is to be reconnected in your new home. This can include telephone, Internet, heating, water and electricity. Make sure you ask that services be disconnected after your move date. There's nothing worse than the power being cut at 8:00 a.m. and the movers are arriving at 9:00 a.m. and they really need to move those boxes from the basement.

Book the moving truck

f you decided to move yourself, reserve a truck or trailer. You'll also have to determine what size of truck you need. If you're moving during the summer, you might want to book your reservation even earlier - I'd recommend at least eight weeks before you move.

Arrange travel to the new home

Make all your travel plans such as flights, hotels or calls to family members you might need to stay with at your destination or along the way.

If you're flying your pets, make sure you have the necessary documents and carrier. It's also a good time to plan your route, how you'll travel with the kids and what to take with you in the car. If you'd like to pack more stuff in the car, you may want to consider purchasing an overhead carrier. While they might seem expensive, the upfront cost can save you money over the long run.

Once you've decided what will travel with you, do a test run to make sure it will all fit in your luggage, backpack or the trunk of your car. My husband discovered, after he waved goodbye to the moving truck, that all the things he thought he could take in the car with him didn't fit.

Don't forget to pack the outdoor stuff

Begin dismantling any outdoor furniture or children's play areas, including slides and swings. Check the garage and storage areas to determine what needs to be packed. These areas are often overlooked when packing the rest of the house.

Cancel services and change your address

Cancel subscriptions to local newspapers, magazines, bottled water or any other home delivery service you currently receive.

Complete an IRS change of address form.

Keep Packing

By now, you probably have a few boxes packed, maybe more, and they're starting to get in the way. If you have a spare bedroom or study or enclosed porch - any room that you don't use on a daily basis - designate that space as your "moving room". Boxes you've packed, items that need to be moved, can all be stored here. And if this isn't a space that's used much, pack its contents first so you'll have more space to work in.