8 Weeks Before Moving
? Choose a mover or truck rental company.
? Get a few estimates from moving companies.
? Get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
? Keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information.
? Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter.
? Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
? Start deciding which function each room will serve.
? Start researching your new community.
7 Weeks Before Moving
? Arrange for school, veterinarian, medical and dental records to be transferred.
? Get copies of any legal and financial records you need.
? Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies.
? Contact organizations you have joined to ask how you can end or transfer your membership.
6 Weeks Before Moving
? Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
? Make a list of things that are difficult to replace and prep for shipping them.
? Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses who need to be notified of your move.
? Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
? Take inventory and decide what to get rid of.
? Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities.
? Subscribe to the newspaper in your new hometown.
? Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
? Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
? Clean all closets and drawers.
5 Weeks Before Moving
? Advertise and host your garage sale.
? Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies.
? Start packing items you don’t use often.
? Plan ahead for parking.
? Plan for short-term or long-term storage at destination if needed.
4 Weeks Before Moving
? Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription.
? Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
? Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
? Fill out an IRS change of address form.
? Set up a checking account in your new city.
? Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
? Take pictures or video tape your belongings.
? Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
3 Weeks Before Moving
? Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up.
? Retrieve any items out on loan.
? Contact your utility companies on both ends of the move to order dates for termination or turn-on.
? Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away.
? Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
? Have your automobile(s) serviced.
? If you’re moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
? If you are moving into or out of an apartment, arrange to use the elevator on your move day.
? Prepare auto registration for transfer.
? Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
? Hold your moving sale.
2 Weeks Before Moving
? Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
? Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts.
? Clear out safety deposit boxes.
? Pick up traveler’s checks or cash for the road expenses.
? Confirm parking for your trailer.
? Notify any creditors of your move.
? Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.
? Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home.
? Pick up laundry.
1 Week Before Moving
? Arrange for help on moving day.
? Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank.
? Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
? Confirm travel reservations.
? Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors.
? Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
? Drain water hoses and waterbed.
? Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator.
? Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number.
? Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
? Have appliances serviced for moving.
? If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
? Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
? Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
? Inspect your trailer for cleanliness and leaks before signing for delivery.
? Read your bill of lading and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
? Supervise unloading and unpacking.
? Be prepared to pay with cash or traveler’s checks.
? Load your goods in a pre-designated order.
? Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
? Leave a note with your new address in the house.
? Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans in case of an emergency.
? Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
? Arrive at your new home ahead of your shipment.
? Check appliances and systems and arrange for repairs if necessary.
? Show the driver where you want the trailer parked and sign for delivery.
After the Move
? Get a new driver’s license and new tags.
? Shop around for new insurance policies.
? Revise legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
? Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
? Contact the local paper for a new subscription.
? Register to vote.