Moving Checklist


Serving Chicago and
Surrounding Areas.

Marathon Movers – Moving Checklist – Chicago Area Movers.


  • If renting, advise your current landlord or agent, in writing, of your intention to move.
  • Advise your children’s school / kindergarten and have transfer documents sent to your new school/ kindergarten.
  • Collect children’s school records, immunisation certificates etc. for the new school.
  • Contact government agencies (Centrelink, Child Support Agency, Medicare etc.) and notify them of your new address and date of move.
  • Inform your doctor, dentist and other medical specialists of your move. Collect your records or request transfer to your new practitioners.
  • Start notifying businesses, colleagues and service providers of your intended change of address.
  • Run down supplies of frozen and perishable foods.
  • Confirm details with Trans International – times for pack, move, unpack, clean, details of storage, insurance etc.
  • Organize to disconnect and connect your essential services; gas, water, phone and electricity.
  • Transfer all home deliveries to new address.
  • Arrange childcare for your moving day if necessary.


  • Transfer bank accounts to a more convenient location.
  • Advise the taxation office of your new place of residence.
  • Organize general household repairs and thorough cleaning.
  • Have a final clean-out dispose of out-of-date materials from under the kitchen sink, garage, laundry etc.
  • Dispose of flammables.
  • Drain fuel from lawn mower and other machinery.
  • Gather all keys from old address, get spares from family and friends.
  • Send e-cards to everyone with your new details.
  • Collect instruction books for stove, dishwasher, security system and leave for new owner.
  • Cancel or change local services such as lawn mowing services, newspaper deliveries etc..
  • Keep a bag free with all the things you’ll need for your unpacking and cleaning.
  • Keep a few things out for the kids on move day.
  • Have your gas bottle purged.
  • Clean oven.
  • Clean out medicine cabinet.
  • Secure electrical items and make sure safe to move.


  • Place all suitcases and essential items you need in one specified place so they are not loaded in the removal van, eg. bathroom or car.
  • Carry all valuables and important papers with you.
  • Pack your essentials in the Trans International Essentials Carton, (refer Moving Manual).
  • Ensure children and pets are safe and out of harm’s way.
  • Turn off the gas at the meter, the electricity at the switchboard and water at the tap – make sure all cleaning is finished first.
  • Do a final walk through with removalists.
  • Tighten taps before you leave.
  • Leave a note at your old address with your forwarding address details.
  • Lock all doors and windows as you leave.
  • Test all keys and consider changing your locks.


  • Call and request a new residence pack from your council.
  • If moved inter-state, advise Vehicle Registration Authority of your details.
  • Store items that don’t fit in your new home – consider selling or donating any unwanted items.
  • Find where the local sports clubs, parks and social centers are, join some clubs and get involved in your new neighborhood.
  • Visit the local shopping precinct and ascertain which shops are best for parking, price and convenience.
  • Familiarise your pets with your new home as quickly as possible, keep cats inside for at least a week and use Feliway to help cats settle.
  • Organize for Trans International to collect your used packing cartons.

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