The Ultimate One Week Before Moving Checklist


Today’s post is based on real life events. I am moving (3rd time in last 2 and half years!) and I thought why not share my one week before moving checklist with you while at it. And no, I am not a fan of moving, I dont love moving but doing it out of necessity. But boy! Didn’t I learn a lot? Learned enough to write a blog post. Anyone who moved knows that it is a stressful time. There’s so much to plan and prepare when you are not worrying about finances and mortgage. Oh yes, that itself is a topic of discussion which I wont get into today. Instead, I want to share more about the planning and preparing stages of moving including checklists and things to look out for on your first and second visit to the new home before the big moving day!


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So I am breaking down this article into 4 sections- things to look out for on your first visit after the purchase of the property, things to look out for on your second visit shortly before the moving day, essential groceries/household goods to buy/have with your move to the new place and finally a comprehensive one week before moving checklist. Let’s get to it.

Things to Check in your New Home on your first visit after the purchase

One week before moving checklist



When visiting your new house for the first time, there are several important things to remember to check in order to ensure that everything is in good condition and meets your expectations. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to help you during your first visit:


  1. Foundation and Structure: Look for cracks, unevenness, or signs of shifting.
  2. Roof: Check for missing or damaged shingles, signs of leaks, and overall condition.
  3. Siding/Paint: Inspect for any signs of peeling, chipping, or damage.
  4. Windows and Doors: Open and close all windows and doors, ensuring they operate smoothly and latch securely.
  5. Driveway and Walkways: Check for cracks, potholes, and any uneven surfaces.
  6. Landscaping: Assess the condition of the yard, trees, shrubs, and garden areas.


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  1. Walls and Ceilings: Look for cracks, water stains, and signs of structural issues.
  2. Flooring: Check for uneven surfaces, damaged tiles, warped hardwood, or worn-out carpets.
  3. Windows and Window Treatments: Ensure windows open and close properly, and check the condition of blinds or curtains.
  4. Doors: Test all interior doors to make sure they open and close smoothly.
  5. Lighting and Electrical: Turn on/off lights and outlets to ensure they work; look for exposed wires or signs of faulty wiring.
  6. Plumbing Fixtures: Check faucets, showers, toilets, and sinks for leaks and proper functioning.
  7. Heating and Cooling Systems: Test the HVAC system to ensure it’s working and check for any unusual noises or odors.
  8. Appliances: Check the condition and functionality of appliances like the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer, and dryer.
  9. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Verify that these safety devices are installed and working.
  10. Storage Spaces: Inspect closets, cabinets, and pantry areas for adequate space and functionality.
  11. Basement/Crawl Space: If applicable, check for signs of dampness, water damage, or pests.
  12. Attic: Assess insulation, ventilation, and look for any signs of leaks or pests.


Utilities and Systems:


  1. Water Heater: Check for leaks and ensure it’s working properly.
  2. Electrical Panel: Inspect for any signs of damage, overheating, or outdated equipment.
  3. Plumbing System: Check for leaks, water pressure issues, and inspect pipes for corrosion or damage.
  4. Security System: If applicable, test the alarm system to make sure it’s functional.


Additional Considerations

  1.  Neighbors: Introduce yourself to neighbors and get a feel for the neighborhood.
  2. Local Amenities: Explore nearby parks, schools, shopping centers, and public transportation options.
  3. Safety Measures: Identify emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and escape routes.


Remember to take notes, photos, and videos during your visit to document any issues or concerns. This checklist will help you thoroughly evaluate the condition of your new house and ensure that you’re making an informed decision. If you come across any significant problems, discuss them with your real estate agent or the seller before finalizing your purchase.


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Things to remember to check on your new house on the second visit before moving in


Visiting your new house before moving day is a smart idea to ensure everything is in order and to address any potential issues. Here’s a checklist of things to remember to check on your second visit:

  1. Utilities and Appliances:
    • Test all lights, switches, and outlets.
    • Turn on faucets, check for leaks, and ensure proper water pressure.
    • Test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
    • Check appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator) if included in the sale.
  2. Safety and Security:
    • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Check locks on all doors and windows.
    • Ensure that any security systems are functioning properly.
  3. Structural and Interior Checks:
    • Inspect walls, ceilings, and floors for any visible damage or cracks.
    • Check for signs of water damage or mold.
    • Open and close doors and windows to ensure they operate smoothly.
  4. Plumbing and Bathroom:
    • Check toilets, sinks, and showers for leaks and proper functionality.
    • Look for any signs of water damage around plumbing fixtures.
  5. Electrical System:
    • Test all outlets with a device to ensure they’re working.
    • Check the circuit breaker panel for any tripped breakers.
  6. Exterior and Outdoor Areas:
    • Inspect the condition of the roof, siding, and gutters.
    • Check the condition of the driveway and walkways.
    • Examine the condition of the yard, landscaping, and fencing.
  7. Storage and Closets:
    • Open all closets and storage spaces to ensure they are clean and free from any surprises.
  8. Paint and Finishes:
    • Look for any areas where touch-up paint might be needed.
    • Inspect the quality of finishes, such as trim and molding.
  9. Pest Control:
    • Check for any signs of pests or rodents.
    • Look for cracks or openings that might allow pests to enter the house.
  10. Neighbors and Neighborhood:
    • Take a walk around the neighborhood to get a sense of the surroundings and meet potential neighbors.
  11. Documentation and Paperwork:
    • Verify that all necessary documents and contracts are in order.
    • Confirm any repairs or agreements made after the initial inspection.
  12. Final Measurements:
    • Double-check room dimensions to ensure your furniture will fit comfortably.
  13. Utilities Transfer:
    • Ensure that utility accounts have been transferred to your name for a seamless transition.
  14. Final Touches:
    • Plan any final cleaning or touch-ups needed before moving in.
  15. Questions and Concerns:
    • Address any remaining questions or concerns with your realtor or the previous owner.


This thorough second visit will help ensure a smoother moving day and a more comfortable transition to your new home. You will note that essentially the things you look out for on both first and second visits are similar. But that is exactly what you would do. One quite earlier before the move and the other pretty close to the move date. Timeframe and how much time has passed between these two visits are good benchmarks in assessing the condition of your dream home and the consistency in which it is maintained. If you are satisfied in both visits with no glaring red flags, then I would say, all is well.

Essential groceries and household goods to buy/have in the first week of move


When moving to a new house, it’s important to have essential groceries and household goods to ensure a smooth transition and make your first week comfortable. Here’s a list of items you should consider having on hand:


  1. Non-Perishable Foods:
    • Canned soups, vegetables, and fruits
    • Pasta, rice, quinoa, and other grains
    • Cereal, oatmeal, or granola
    • Peanut butter or other nut butters
    • Crackers and bread
  2. Fresh Foods:
    • Milk or milk alternatives
    • Eggs
    • Fresh fruits (apples, bananas, citrus fruits)
    • Fresh vegetables (carrots, lettuce, tomatoes)
  3. Proteins:
    • Chicken, beef, or other meats (if you eat meat)
    • Tofu or other plant-based proteins (if you’re vegetarian/vegan)
  4. Condiments and Spices:
    • Salt and pepper
    • Cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil)
    • Basic spices (garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, etc.)
    • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and other favorite condiments
  5. Beverages:
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee or tea (and filters, if necessary)
    • Juice or other preferred beverages


Household Goods:

  1. Cleaning Supplies:
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Broom and dustpan
    • Trash bags
    • Paper towels
  2. Kitchen Essentials:
    • Pots and pans
    • Utensils (forks, knives, spoons)
    • Cooking utensils (spatula, ladle, tongs)
    • Cutting board and knives
    • Microwave-safe dishes
  3. Bathroom Necessities:
    • Toilet paper
    • Shower curtain and rings (if needed)
    • Hand soap
    • Towels and washcloths
  4. Bedroom and Living Room:
    • Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets)
    • Hangers for clothes
    • Trash cans for various rooms
    • Lamps or lighting
    • Basic furniture (chairs, table)
  5. Miscellaneous:
    • Power strips and extension cords
    • Batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Tool kit (hammer, screwdriver, pliers)
    • Phone charger and other electronics essentials

This list is only a starting point and can be customized based on your preferences and specific needs. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with nearby grocery stores or delivery options in case you need to restock during your first week.


The Ultimate One Week Before Moving Checklist: Ensuring a Stress-Free Transition to Your New Home


Moving to a new home is an exciting yet challenging experience that requires careful planning and organization. As the big day approaches, the key to a successful and stress-free move lies in meticulous preparation during the week leading up to the move. This comprehensive checklist will guide you through essential tasks, from sorting out important documents to packing fragile items, ensuring that your transition to your new abode is as smooth as possible.


  1. Create a Moving Binder and Inventory List


Start your final week preparations by creating a moving binder to keep track of all important documents, such as contracts with the moving company, insurance policies, and change of address forms. An inventory list will help you keep track of your belongings during the move, providing peace of mind and ensuring that nothing is lost or damaged during the process.


  1. Confirm Details with Moving Company


Contact your chosen moving company to confirm all details, including the moving date, time of arrival, and any additional fees. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss any special requirements you may have for delicate or large items.


  1. Sort and Purge Unwanted Items


With a week left, it’s the perfect time to declutter and downsize. Organize a garage sale or donate items to charity shops, reducing the number of belongings you need to pack and move. This process not only simplifies your move but also benefits your local community.


  1. Collect Packing Supplies


Gather all the packing materials you’ll need, including boxes (free or purchased), bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, plastic bags, permanent markers, and wardrobe boxes. This step ensures that you have everything you need to efficiently and safely pack your belongings.


  1. Pack Fragile and Valuable Items


Begin packing fragile items, such as kitchen appliances, glassware, and valuable possessions, using ample bubble wrap and packing paper. Clearly label these boxes as fragile and take extra care when handling them.


  1. Organize Important Documents


Gather important documents such as medical records, birth certificates, prescription medications, and financial papers. Keep them in a safe and easily accessible place, ensuring they’re not misplaced during the move.


  1. Notify Service Providers of Your Move


Inform utility companies, your insurance company, credit card providers, and other relevant service providers about your upcoming move. Schedule disconnects and transfers of services to ensure a smooth transition to your new location.


  1. Complete Change of Address Forms


Visit your local post office or go online to update your address. Notify friends, family, and relevant institutions about your change of address to avoid any inconvenience.


  1. Prepare for the Move Day


Start packing items you won’t need before the move day, such as library books, holiday decorations, and items in storage units. Assemble a “first box” with essentials such as toiletries, light bulbs, and any personal items you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home.


  1. Pack Personal Items and Wardrobe Boxes


Pack your personal items and clothing into wardrobe boxes for easy transfer. These boxes keep your clothes organized and minimize wrinkles, saving you time and effort when settling into your new home.


  1. Confirm Details with Professional Movers


Reach out to your professional movers to reconfirm all details, ensuring that everyone is on the same page and the moving process goes smoothly.

  1. Complete Last-Minute Tasks


In the last few days before the move, complete any remaining tasks on your to-do list, such as disassembling furniture, disconnecting appliances, and cleaning your current home.




A successful move is the result of careful planning, attention to detail, and effective organization. By following this comprehensive one-week before moving checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for the big day and able to transition to your new home with confidence. From sorting out important documents to packing fragile items, every step contributes to a stress-free and seamless move, allowing you to embrace your new space and neighborhood with excitement and ease.


As for my move? I think I am ready to take on my move day 🙂


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