Your Essential 30-Day Moving Checklist

Your Essential 30-Day Moving Checklist

Moving to a new home can be one of life’s most exciting experiences, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and stress. To help you manage the chaos, Atlantic Coast Mortgage has prepared an essential 30-day moving checklist. Our goal is to help you stay organized and ensure that nothing is overlooked during your transition. Here’s how you can prepare to move smoothly and efficiently, one day at a time.

Your 30-Day Moving Countdown

Week 1: Getting Started

  • Day 1: Purchase packing supplies. Start with boxes, tape, and markers.
  • Day 2: Arrange time off for closing and moving days to ensure you’re available when needed.
  • Day 3: File for a change of address at the post office, and update your details with banks and credit card companies.
  • Day 4: Plan logistics for moving plants, pets, and valuables safely.
  • Day 5: Begin the purging process. Decide what to keep, sell, donate, or throw away.
  • Day 6: Address any repairs you’ve committed to fixing before moving out.
  • Day 7: Organize items into categories to sell or donate. This will make packing easier.

Week 2: Deep Dive into Packing

  • Day 8: Make your first round of donations to clear out unnecessary items.
  • Day 9: Mark moving boxes clearly and begin packing non-essential items.
  • Day 10: Prepare a detailed plan to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety on moving day.
  • Day 11: Cancel or redirect regular services such as lawn care and subscriptions.
  • Day 12: Confirm bookings with your chosen moving company, truck, or van.
  • Day 13: Carefully pack valuables that need extra attention, using padding and secure containers.
  • Day 14: Plan meals to use up the remaining food in your pantry and fridge.

Week 3: Final Preparations

  • Day 15: Contact utility companies to arrange the transfer of services to your new address.
  • Day 16: Pack remaining nonessentials as moving day approaches.
  • Day 17: Collect any items you may have lent out to friends or neighbors.
  • Day 18: Create a moving playlist to keep spirits high during the move (especially for long-distance moves).
  • Day 19: Arrange for a professional cleaning service to clean your old home once moved out.
  • Day 20: Perform a thorough inventory of your yard and any items that need special packing or handling.
  • Day 21: Double-check details with movers and ensure both your old and new addresses are confirmed.

Week 4: The Final Countdown

  • Day 22: Complete final packing, leaving out only essentials needed until moving day.
  • Day 23: Make a second round of donations for any last items you decide not to move.
  • Day 24: Withdraw cash to have on hand for moving day expenses, such as tips for movers.
  • Day 25: Pack a personal essentials bag with items you’ll need easy access to during the move.
  • Day 26: Close or transfer all bank accounts and safety deposit boxes.
  • Day 27: Label boxes with notes that might help movers understand where items belong.
  • Day 28: Defrost the fridge, clean the oven, and ensure the house is ready for its new occupants.
  • Day 29: Shut off utilities like gas and water, ensuring all lines are secure.
  • Day 30: Conduct a final walkthrough of your home, take photos for your records, and prepare to hand over the keys.

Helpful Links to Moving Services & Supplies

Moving Supplies

Moving Pods

Moving Companies Long Distance

Local Moving Companies


By following this 30-day moving checklist, you’ll be better prepared and less stressed during your move. Remember, moving is not just about relocating your belongings but also about moving forward in life. Whether you’re buying your first home or relocating for a fresh start, Atlantic Coast Mortgage is here to help guide you every step of the way.

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