Your Step-by-Step Moving Guide

Emily Long
Researcher & Writer
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May 04, 2022
6 min read

Moving is complex and stressful, and it requires a lot of planning and preparation. Between picking a moving company, making a home inventory, and finding packing supplies, you probably feel overwhelmed by everything you need to do. We’re here to share the load. In this guide, we’ve outlined each step of your move to help you stick the landing on moving day.

Step-by-step moving outline

Because these tasks need to be completed over several weeks, we recommend bookmarking this page so you can always refer to it. If you’d rather have us remind you when to do everything, sign up for our email moving guide! We’ll send notifications and tips directly to your email so you never miss a moving task.

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Between full-service moves, container moves, and truck rental moves, there’s no limit to your moving options. But which move type is right for you? It all depends on your budget, your time frame, and how much heavy lifting you want to do yourself. We’ve analyzed the costs and benefits of your different options to help you find the right move type for your situation.

What type of moving company is right for you?

Professional movers
They handle it all.

Professional movers load your stuff, ship it to your new home, and unload it all for you. It’s the easiest—but most expensive—option. Learn more.

Containers
You load, they ship.

You load up all your belongings, but the movers transport your container to your new home. It’s the middle road for effort and cost. Learn more.

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Moving truck rentals
You do all the work.

Worried about costs? Rent a truck, load it yourself, drive it to your new home, and unload all your things. You do it all—and save a lot. Learn more.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos

Let our free moving concierge help you move

There’s more to moving than getting your belongings from A to B. If setting up insurance, internet, utilities, or home security services while planning your move makes you hyperventilate, we’ve got an answer for you!

Move.org offers a free, all-in-one solution that provides you with a personal concierge who will assist you in setting up all those services (and more!). From finding the best mover in your area, to forwarding your mail to your new address, our moving concierge removes the hassle of self setup and helps you save money.


Now is the ideal time to write out your home inventory. You’ll need to catalog your belongings when you hire your mover, and there are plenty of benefits to having a comprehensive list of all your stuff. For one thing, it can help you decide what you no longer need. We've put together a step-by-step guide to help you inventory your household goods.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


hire a moving company

Hiring a moving company—whether you’re booking a full-service mover, reserving a moving container, or renting a moving truck—is one of the most important decisions you’ll make leading up to your move. We’ve compiled a list of the best movers in the business so you can compare your options and get quotes quickly.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos

Money
Get multiple moving quotes!

You should get quotes from at least three different moving companies to commpare prices. Moving companies charge differently depending on the location, so the only way to know which mover is cheapest in your area is to get as many quotes as possible.


finish paperwork

From forwarding your mail to transferring your utilities, there’s a lot of paperwork to handle before and after your move. That’s why we put together a comprehensive guide to moving paperwork, including how to change medical providers, change kids’ schools, forward mail to your new address, and more.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


hire car shipper

If you can’t (or don’t want to) drive your vehicle to your destination—you’re in too big of a hurry for a road trip or you have to drive a moving truck instead—an auto transport company can take care of it for you. We’ve picked out the best car shippers in the biz to get your vehicle to your new home quickly, safely, and at an affordable price.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


junk removal

The more stuff you take when you move, the more time and money it’ll take. Make things easy on yourself by packing up only what you really need and donating or selling things you no longer use or enjoy. If you’ve got some useless stuff to throw out, you can also hire a junk removal company to take it off your hands.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


road trip planning

Your move is only a few weeks away, so it’s time to plan your road trip. If you’re driving your moving truck yourself instead of hiring a full-service mover, this can be especially tricky. Whether you’re driving a moving truck or just a sedan full of kids, our list of tips and tricks will make your journey as fun, safe, and quick as possible.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


buy packing supplies

Reliable packing supplies are the backbone of every successful move. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you’ll need boxes, packing tape, furniture covers, and tools. And don’t forget about renting a dolly! To help you quickly find everything you need, we researched packing supplies and equipment from dozens of suppliers.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos

Money
Don’t forget your moving coverage

No matter how carefully you pack, your stuff will still benefit from moving coverage. Good coverage usually costs extra, though you should get as much as you can afford to ensure you can easily repair or replace anything that gets damaged during your move. Talk to your moving company about your coverage options today to cover your assets.


confirm move date

Your move is only weeks away, so it’s time to double-check your move-in date and make adjustments. Remember, your move-in date might not be the day your new lease or mortgage starts. Call your realtor or landlord to ensure your home is ready when you are. If your move-in date isn’t when you thought, we’ve got your back. We’ve made a list of storage companies that will temporarily store your stuff for cheap.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


Step 10: Set Up Home Services

If you don’t make plans for your new home’s internet before you move, you’ll probably have to go without it for a few days (that means no Netflix!). Save yourself the hassle by setting up a service transfer or choosing a new internet provider ahead of time. From Wi-Fi to cable TV to home security, it’s time to make sure your home services will be ready to use the day you move into your new home.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos

Need help picking a new internet provider? This handy tool can help you quickly find an affordable ISP in your new area!

Find internet prices for your new home

pack efficiently

The sooner you start packing, the sooner it’s over. Start by packing things you don’t need daily: your books, most of your dishes, and any furniture you’ll be comfortable without. Don’t worry about packing essential items until the night before you leave. To help you pack quickly and efficiently, we’ve put together a list of handy packing tips.

Useful packing tips

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


prepare for moving day

Your moving day is within sight, so it’s time to start disassembling the last of your furniture and packing everything that isn’t in a box yet. It’s also time to get your current home ready to be vacated and your new home ready for your arrival. Use our list of final steps to ensure your moving day goes off without a hitch.

Guides, Tips, and How-Tos


Good luck with your move!

Now that you know how to plan for every task your move will require, you’re well on your way to a successful move. And we would once again like to pitch our email moving guide. It’s the best way to ensure you take care of everything on time.

Recommended resources

You can never be too prepared! If you really want to triple-check that you’ve got your move in the bag—or you want to learn about something we didn’t cover in this guide—you can check out these handy resources:

Emily Long
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Emily Long
Emily Long is the copy editor for Move.org, where she works with the content team to demystify the moving process. She’s survived eight moves in the last nine years, including one harrowing drive in a 16-foot rental truck from Georgia to Utah. She has almost ten years of experience reporting, writing, and editing—all fueled by coffee, of course.