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Moving Checklist

One Month Prior to Moving Day


  • Contact Under One Roof for a free moving estimate and reserve your requested date. If you are moving during the summer, particularly the last few days or first few days of a month, you may want to reserve your date up to two months in advance.

  • Order moving boxes and packing supplies. Under One Roof offers free delivery of packing supplies for DIY packing on orders over $100 within 10 miles of our office located at 2942 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618.

  • Reserve elevator, loading dock, parking reservations/parking permits at all pickup and drop off locations. Contact Under One Roof if any of your buildings require a certificate of insurance.

  • Conduct a room-by-room survey. Determine what to keep, discard, donate or sell. Consider holding a garage sale for unwanted items and/or donate them.

  • Begin packing. Clearly mark the destination room for all boxes. 

  • File a change of address with the post office.

  • Arrange to have doctor, dentist, prescription, veterinarian and school records transferred if necessary.

  • Transfer or cancel health club memberships if necessary.

Three Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Notify necessary utility companies of your move at both old and new locations including             Electric, Gas, Telephone,  Water, Garbage Collection, Internet Service Provider, Cable, Home Security/Alarm.

  • Notify Illinois Secretary of State's Office of change of address on driver’s license or state id. 

  • Arrange for time off of work to prepare for the move and be present on moving day.

  • Arrange for babysitter or pet sitter for moving day if necessary.

  • Arrange to have locks changed at your new home on or before moving day.      

Two Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Notify providers of your change of address including Accountant, Attorney, Auto Finance Company, Bank, Cell Phone, Credit Card Companies, Doctor, Dentist, Employer, Financial Planner, Government Offices, Health Club,  Health Insurance, Home Service Providers (lawn service, cleaning service etc…), Insurance Agent, Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions, Monthly Memberships (Netflix etc…), Pharmacy, Schools, Veterinarian. 

  • Plan meals to use up frozen and perishable food items. 


One Week Prior to Moving Day

  • Review your moving plans with Under One Roof. Email or call with any questions. We will contact within a few days of your move for confirmation. 

  • Pack an essentials box to keep with you during move.

  • Notify friends and family of your new address.

One  Day Prior to Moving Day


  • Defrost and drain refrigerator and freezer.

  • Disconnect propane tank from gas grill. Your movers will not be able to transport it.

  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, snow blowers etc… We cannot transport any flammable items. 

  • Clear walkways and driveways during inclement weather.

  • Separate items that you will personally transport on moving day such as jewelry, important documents, prescriptions. 

  • Make sure your moving essentials box is ready for moving day. Plan for snacks, meals and water to get through the day as well. 

Moving Checklist
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