North American Van Lines
5001 U.S. Highway 30 West, Ft. Wayne IN 46818
Phone: 260 429 2511 Fax:

Moving Checklist

To help organize your move, print this page, keep it handy, and check it off as you go.
If possible, allow up to 30 days to plan your move and schedule any activities you want to complete before moving day.

Refer to the "Best Times to Move" calendar to avoid, if possible, peak times for moving. The first few days and the last few days of the month are generally the busiest times to move. Start planning early and you may be surprised how smoothly things can go.

The following checklist is designed to help you plan.

4 to 6 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Conduct an inventory. Decide what to move and what not to move.

  • Make arrangements for your trip (hotel & airline reservations, drive routing, etc.)

  • Schedule a moving sale for items you won't move. Donate other items to charitable organizations (ask for a receipt for tax records).

  • Arrange for packing. Agency Move Counselor Contact, your Move Counselor from Agency Name will work with you to schedule.

  • Gather your personal records: medical, dental, school, birth, baptism, marriage, etc.

  • Close local department store and other local charge accounts.

  • Arrange with previous employer to forward tax withholding forms.

Make arrangements to discontinue (and make arrangements to start these services in your new location):

  • Newspaper delivery  
  • Water softener service  
  • Electricity (check for refund) 
  • Water service
  • Gas service (check for refund)
  • Fuel or oil delivery
  • Garbage collection  
  • Lawn/pool service   
  • Other household services

Mail change of address cards to: 

  • Post office
  • Social Security office  
  • Insurance companies  
  • Credit cards 
  • Magazines 
  • Friends & Relatives  
  • Mail order accounts

2 to 3 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Fill, transfer and pack prescriptions for family and pets.

  • Arrange for shipments of plants and pets. Get immunization records for pets.

  • Safely dispose of or give away all flammables (paints, paint removers, etc.) as they will be impossible to move.

The Week Before Your Move

  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer, plus allow air-drying to prevent mildew. Arrange for disposal of frozen foods (sell, give away, or eat). Clean oven.

  • Transfer/close checking and savings accounts.

  • Drain fuel and oil from lawn mowers and other power equipment.

  • Drain garden hoses.

  • Pack items to be carried in car. Label "Do not move."

  • Gather valuables from safe deposit box, drawers, jewelry cases, personal records. Pack safely to take with you.

  • Send clothing, draperies, curtains, rugs out for cleaning and leave in wrapping. Take down curtain rods, shelves, TV antenna.

  • Have car serviced for trip and have proof of insurance in car.

Moving Day

  • Remember to pack a box of the basics you'll need on move-in day (tools, paper products, all-purpose household cleaners, etc.). Be sure to have it loaded last so that it will be first off at your new home.

  • Pack suitcases for trip. Remove all bed linens.

  • Be available to check items on inventory sheet.

  • Conduct a last minute walk through with your van operator. Make sure windows are closed, closets are empty, lights out and doors locked.

Delivery Day

  • Be available to check off items on the inventory as they are removed from the van.

North American Van Lines, Inc.
U.S. DOT No. 070851