Busy Mom Moving Checklist

This article provides a checklist of what to consider before you move to your new home.

Running kids around, cooking, cleaning, and the list goes on and on. Does this sound familiar? That’s already a full-time job! And now, add relocation.

Moving from one home to another brings a range of emotions from excitement to stress. You may be thinking about your new kitchen or backyard. Next, you start reminiscing about the memories you’ve created in your current home. If you’ve ever moved before or moved multiple times, you know the process can be overwhelming. When you add kids to the mix, your feelings might get taken to the next level. Don’t worry! Amy Stockberger Real Estate has helped hundreds of families move. Our goal is to take as much stress and frustration out of the moving process by providing you with our Busy Mom Moving Checklist.

We have a proven, systematic approach to make the transition easy and stress-free for the entire family. Your time is extremely valuable and our number one priority is getting you and your family integrated with their new surroundings. We’ve used our best resources to compile a list that starts eight weeks before you relocate, allowing you to cross off items as you go. Our Lifetime Home Support Team is with you before, during, and after you move to your new home in Sioux Falls. We have two different checklists for you to choose from: a quick, reminder checklist and our in-depth, full coverage list.

Our abbreviated checklist still includes planning out approximately eight weeks before your moving date. Organization will be your key to success and getting started now will help save time and stress down the road. Start by creating a moving binder or if you’re more tech-savvy, creating a digital folder. Saving receipts and crossing items off your list will come in handy.

  • Supplies: Boxes or totes, labels, and permanent markers. Carving out a budget for dining out is a nice-to-have if you can afford it.
  • Packing and Labeling: Identify each room and keep things in order. Make a list of each room in your new home and then start processing which items should go where.
  • Movers: If you’re hiring a moving company, get a few estimates, and ask a lot of questions. Check their referrals and make sure to review any contracts in detail before you sign anything.
  • Notifications: Change of address forms are key! Don’t forget to inform all parties, including medical records, schools, banks, insurance companies, credit cards, etc.
  • Cleaning: Leave your home in good shape for the new residents and also make sure your new home is clean before you move in. If you’re bringing appliances with you such as a fridge, unplugging and defrosting will save you a mess later on.

When you’re ready to hit the road, have this “don’t pack” checklist nearby. Keep these items off the truck and close to you on moving day:

  • Important documents (e.g., passports, marriage license, birth certificates, and any records containing bank account information or Social Security numbers)
  • Checkbook
  • Credit cards
  • Medication
  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Toilet paper
  • Change of clothes (one for each member of your household)
  • Snacks and water (for kids and pets)
  • Child’s special toy or blanket (if they can’t bear to pack it)
  • Jewelry
  • Flashlight
  • Tape measure
  • Toolbox
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Cash
  • Any other valuables, heirlooms, or irreplaceable items

As a busy mom you have more than enough on your plate already and it's easy to get stressed out if you have a relocation on the horizon. Fear not! With early preparation and a comprehensive list to follow your next move will be a breeze. Click here to download a moving checklist that covers you from eight weeks out until the week of your big move.