Long Distance Moving Timeline


Nothing about moving long distance is easy. The tasks can pile up and overwhelm just about anyone going through the time-consuming task of planning a cross country moving job. Even taking time to plan out each part of the move weeks in advance, the process still creates stress and trepidation for even the most prepared of moving families. Use this timeline to plan your long distance move for the days ahead.



  • Take inventory of all the stuff in your house. Create 3 categories: Keep, Donate, Sell. Tip:  Get rid of everything you can. The less stuff you have to move, the easier it is to move, especially across long distances.

  • Map out where your furniture will fit with the floor plan for your new residence. The excitement will help you stay energized as the dregs of moving continues.

  • Collect important family documents, including passports, birth certificates, insurance cards, financial records, legal documents, including for your pets and school records for your kids.

  • Contact School District or County Office(s) for your new residence. Get new school(s) contact information. You should be able to begin the enrollment process right away.

  • If you need storage, find a suitable location and make arrangements to store those items. Storage is a great option for anyone moving into a smaller space, or looking to open up space in their new residence.

  • Arrange to have any final maintenance or preparations done to new address such as: painting, carpentry, electrical, or plumbing.

  • Check flight times and fares if you’re flying out to your new city rather than driving.

  • Start researching moving companies once you have a full list of the items in your inventory and get quotes/estimates for your move.




  • Update your address everywhere you can think of, especially for any magazine or club subscriptions, at your bank, at online retailers you frequently shop at, and file a mail forwarding request with USPS.

  • Work on changing or ordering homeowners’ insurance for your new home to make sure you sleep soundly on the first few days in your first new home knowing your belongings are insured.

  • Manage all of your utilities for the new home, including phone, cable, internet, water, gas, and electricity, among anything else you might choose to have at your new residence. At this point you’ll know your move in date, so you can set appointments to have them set up. In addition, you should arrange to have your utilities shut off on or after move date at your old residence.

  • Start packing any and all items that you’re unlikely to use in the month before you move out; seasonal decorations/clothing, books/dvds/records, attic or closet contents, stuff like that will be easier to pack up first.

  • Confirm your dates and times with both the place you are moving out of, and the place you are moving into to ensure neither dates or times would be problematic.

  • If flying to your new city, book your flights now to lock in a favorable ticket price.



  • Arrange any and all medical needs. Notify your health insurer, primary care physician, dentist/orthodontist or other specialized medical provider of your move, and make sure to send along all your medical records to any new physicians or care providers.

  • Prepare your new driver's’ license and automobile registration, especially if moving out of state.

  • Arrange for a locksmith to change the locks at your new residence to secure your peace of mind in your new nest.

  • Begin packing. Like, everything. Well, not EVERYTHING, but this is the time where you should begin putting the things you might use frequently into boxes too, rather than the seasonal or stored items that are only used occasionally.



  • Make sure any items you’ve loaned to a friend or loaned from a friend are back to their rightful owner before transporting them gets complicated by distance. The same goes for any items at the repair shop, cleaners, or elsewhere that you need to take back to pack.

  • Prepare your own personal moving survival guide - anything you will need on hand during travel Include food, water if you’re road tripping, possibly a change of clothes or medications (depending on your needs), and the rest can be up to you.

  • Check the weather projections for moving day to figure out what kind of attire will be needed.

  • If you’re taking a road trip, check all the parts of the car that may cause trouble; tires, oil, etc, to be sure they are in working order.



  • Disassemble any beds or large furniture the night before the move for easy transportation. If you’re leaving these items with movers, make sure they have access to directions or contact information for you in case they need it.

  • Disconnect all your appliances, including defrosting the freezer and refrigerator

  • Pack everything you use daily into a “day one” box to ensure it stays with you and within easy access.




  • Inspect every crack and crevice in the house one last time to ensure everything is packed and ready. Double check with your inventory list just in case.

  • Make sure that someone will be home to deal with the movers (in case you’ve hired them to come after you leave.) They will have to confirm the bill of lading with the movers, so make sure this person has an inventory list too.

  • Hand over the keys to your real estate agent or landlord for passing on to the next tenant.

  • Say goodbye :’(



  • Perform a comprehensive walk-through to be sure lights, appliances, toilets, faucets, smoke detectors, etc.

  • Check off your inventory list to make sure everything has arrived! Then, inspect anything that might be damaged or altered in transit.

  • After everything has confirmed to be present and in working order, unpack and celebrate your new surroundings! (whichever order you choose, we won’t judge).



Moving soon? Get your free quote from Oz Moving & Storage.


Facebook -Twitter -Instagram -LinkedIn -Pinterest 

  • Learn About Our Community Involvement

    See how we are helping to make our community a better place

    Read About Our Involvement
  • Let's Get Moving

    This moving checklist allows you to get organized and customize plans that best suit your needs

    View Our Checklist