The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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Moving Checklist

Moving to a new house is exciting but it can get overwhelming if you don’t plan appropriately and on time. You might be a procrastinator who gets away with doing things last minute but this is not one of them that you will get away with. One thing people ignore doing when they are moving is planning weeks ahead before the moving date inches closer. They want to look for transport and pack and do last minute packing before the moving date. Don’t be one of those people. Make your move stress-free by planning ahead using a moving checklist.

8 -12 Weeks Before Moving


Moving is an expensive affair. You just don’t wake up decide to move. You have to budget for different aspects such as finding transport money and paying your movers. You also need to budget for rent and deposit for your new house. Some landlords will ask for 2-month’s rent deposit and you have to save some money. Unless you have it sitting somewhere. Moving to a new home means you might have to buy new curtains and restock on empty shelves. Creating a budget will help you spend less money in the long run than you would without one.


Hoarding things you don’t need makes your house look busy and clumsy. Whether you have a big or small house, tour every room and decide what you need to keep, sell or give away. Moving costs depend on the number of things you will transport to your new house. Therefore, the less you have to move, the cheaper it is for you. Decluttering your home also makes it easier for you to pack when moving and unpack once you get to your new place.

Look For Transport

moving companies

As soon as you decide to move, you should start looking for different transportation options. If it’s long distance moving, you might have to look for moving companies that offer this service. If you don’t have many things, you can use a truck or a car when moving. You obviously want your belongings to get to the new house in the safest way possible with minimal damage. Avoid settling on cheap movers just because the price sounds good.

Create an Interior Decor Plan

There is a certain feeling of excitement which comes when moving to a new house. You’ll have all these amazing ideas in your head on how to decorate it to your dream home. Create a wishlist on the changes you want to make. Avoid buying things before you move out. It means you will transport more.

Research the New Neighbourhood

You should research the new place you are moving to. If you have a family, look for things you can do once you move there. The amenities of a place make the place. Look for restaurants, schools, grocery stores and access to shops.

Get Moving Boxes

moving boxes

If you don’t use moving boxes, your belongings could get to your new house damaged. You can either hire movers to help with the process, or you can pack do it for yourself. In essence, you probably know how you want to pack your things. And the easiest way is to put items that stay in one room in one box. For instance, kitchen items go in the kitchen box.

On the Actual Moving Day

Wake Up Early

Even if you feel prepared and ready to move, you still have to wake up early. Make sure you eat something before you get extremely busy. Be prepared for the movers. Put things in order so that when it’s time to move, all they will do is load the things in the truck.

Pack the Final Items

There are some items you will still until the day of the move like your towel, toothbrush, bathroom slippers, and breakfast utensils. Remember to pack them before the movers arrive. If you have anything in the fridge that might melt or go bad, throw it away before you move.

Final Checks

moving checklist-clean the new house

Do a final check of the entire house to make sure you don’t forget anything. Open cabinets, drawers, rooms and any other storage spaces. If you have any garbage, remember to throw it out. Switch off all the lights. Close taps. Clean up if you have to. You can look for a company that provides cleaning services or you can get some friends to assist. Once done, close your house so that nothing is vandalized.

Place Items in the Right Place

When you get to your new house, you should already have an idea of where the items will go. You don’t want to the movers to stand there waiting for you to make rushed decisions. You will waste everyone’s time including yours.  

Stay Calm

Anything could happen on the day of the move. Traffic might affect the timelines of getting to the new house. Your things could break on the way. The movers might not show up. If any of this happens, remember to breathe. Some things are beyond your control and there is not much you can do.

In the New Home

Making plans once you move to your new house is just as important as planning before you move.

Start Unpacking


After your movers leave, you can start unpacking the important things. You might not unpack everything on the same day. You also don’t want to rush unpacking by mishandling things. Take some time to rest then continue unpacking the following day.

Hang Your Curtains

For privacy purposes, hang your curtains immediately you move in. You don’t want your curious neighbours to see what you are doing. You will also need to sleep to get your energy levels up. You will prevent too much light from entering your house with the curtains.

Confirm Utilities Work 

When you move in, check that your electricity is connected. If there is a problem, talk to your landlord to fix it as soon as possible. Making note of any serious damages in your new house will help you secure your rent deposit when it’s time to move out.

Lastly, Get Some Rest

After the long day you had, you should get some rest and relax. You can take a walk to discover what’s in your new neighbourhood and get to know your neighbours.


Whether you are moving for the first time or you’ve done it many times, you have to prepare in advance by creating a moving checklist. It will make your life so much easier and less stressful.


Maureen Mbithe
Content Writer at BuyRentKenya


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