Moving out of the house is one of those intimidating stages that everyone has to experience at some point in their life. This can be a wearing process for the people who have never done it before. Moving out is a process that not only causes physical exhaustion but also drains your emotional and mental strength. It is because the instinctual anxiety of living in a new place and the recurring nostalgia with all the memories related to your present home can take a massive toll on your senses.

This is the reason that to make it all easy for you, we have come up with a moving out of house checklist. It comprises all the important steps that you should take into consideration before you bid farewell to your place and embark on the journey of living in a new home. Through this guide, we have tried to make sure that you get done with this moving-out process without hurting yourself or forgetting any pending paperwork. Without further ado, let us dive right in;

Step 1: Make A Rough Draft Of The Checklist:

We know when you are moving out, your mind is swamped by a lot of things. There is a simple step to fix it all and retrieve your mental peace. Take paper and a pen, you can also use your smartphone or PC and start with enlisting the things in whatever order they come in your mind. This is important because you are going to be dealing with so much in the days ahead that it is inevitable to lose track of many things. Putting everything on paper means you are freeing your mind from the unnecessary burden of remembering all these things. The list you are going to come up with is rather generic. When you filter it out based on whether the things matter or not, you are personalizing it. In the same way, after personalizing, when you put things in order, you are making it go through prioritization.

Now you have a personalized and prioritized list instead of the rough draft you were working on.

Tip: You can seek help from the internet to find a generic draft list. Then you can change it onwards as per your requirements.

Step 2: Start Decluttering!

Let us tell you a secret to a smooth moving-out process. It is getting rid of the stuff that you do not need anymore. For instance, let us start with the furniture. Why would you want to carry all those pieces of furniture from one place to another? This can skyrocket your transportation costs as well. This is why the best way is to sell it all if it is in good condition and use that money to buy furniture for the new home. Also, a little change feels good on the eyes too!

Let us tell you this does not mean that you do not have to focus on the sentimental value of things. There are things with which we have a strong emotional attachment. Keep holding onto them, taking them to the new home is going to make it all a lot easier for you.

Tip: There are certain items such as clothes, shoes, or even books that are usually not in the condition to be resold. You can try donating them to your nearest NGO to help the people in need.

Step 3: Try Packing Things By Yourself:

We know there are companies that are willing to help you pack your stuff but this is not a reliable option. Nobody knows your stuff better than you do, and this is why when there is no extra hand, there are fewer mishandling accidents. You can pack the things in the boxes as per their importance. Since you are going to pay for the card boxes, you are going to make use of every little space in the box. This is something that you are going to miss out on if you assign this job to companies.

To add to this, there is so much going on when you are packing your stuff that you cannot keep your eyes on everything. This can result in the stealing of your valuable items and such mishaps. This is why it is always a good idea to believe in your muscles for the packing of your things before moving out of the house.

Tip: If you are somebody who keeps changing the places, we would suggest you do not discard the boxes after moving into the new place. Keep those boxes in the attic, they are going to come in handy the next time you are moving out.


Step 4: Be Vocal If You Need Help From Your Friends:

Instead of going for unknown people, start with your friends. You can inform your friends two months prior to moving out that you are going to need their help. It is important to give them some time to think about it because helping somebody move out can be a time-consuming process. Once you get the affirmation, ask them the day and time of their availability. As a token of appreciation for what they are doing for you, you can arrange a little afternoon tea for them. This can boost the positivity in you; something you are in dire need of while moving out.

Step 5: Go Through The Paperwork For One Last Time:

Did you think we were going to forget this one? Not a chance. You deserve to start your life in the new home with complete peace of mind. If you leave your paperwork pending, there is a greater chance that things might scatter. If you are living on rent, request a meeting with your landlord and ask them if they have any legal concerns with your moving out. In the same way, before moving in, go through the same procedure with your new landlord. Trust us, you are going to feel light as a feather afterward! Paperwork is one of the cardinal stages which require every bit of your attention.

Tip: This step is crucial if you want to leave your current home on a positive note. This has been seen in so many cases that people get in conflict with their landlord just a few days before moving out. This can hurt your reputation in the area in unthinkable ways. Taking the paperwork seriously simply means that you are a responsible and trustworthy tenant.


Moving out of the house can be tough, there is no doubt about that. Having a checklist can make things easier than you can ever imagine. When it comes to the first-timers, having a checklist cannot be compromised. Similarly, taking the help of your family and friends can save you from the waves of sadness and nostalgia that become more apparent during moving out. Lastly, it is always better to be optimistic about the next place, so many beautiful memories await you in your new home. Refrain from overthinking about it and just take the plunge!