2 months before you move
- Get a floor plan for your new home and decide between what you will move, store, and get rid of
- Begin to make an inventory of your things
- Clean out your storage spaces such as the attic and the garage
- Find out from your homeowner’s insurer what is covered in your move
- Get estimates from a couple of moving companies
- Start the process of transferring your children’s school records
Six weeks before you move
- Check with the IRS to determine what costs from your move will be tax deductible
- Subscribe to a newspaper in your new area in order to get community information
- Notify your friends, relatives, and subscriptions of your move
- Get a listing of health care providers in your new area
- Complete change of address forms for postal service, creditors, social security administration, health care providers, legal advisors and schools.
- Clean out your storage areas and have a garage sale for anything you will not be moving
- Choose a mover and insurance coverage
- Contact your employer to see if they will cover any costs of moving (for work related moves)
One month before you move
- Start packing
- Have furniture, drapes and carpet cleaned
- Gather your important documents such as registration and licensing information, medical and school records, birth certificates, wills, stocks, deeds, and other financial information
- Contact electric, phone, cable, gas, oil, and trash servicers for disconnection at old address and reconnection at the new address
- Request refunds from your insurance, prepaid utilities, and security deposits
- Notify home services such as gardeners and pool cleaners
- Notify insurance companies of your move and for coverage at your new home
Three weeks before you move
- Finalize your travel plans
- Close or transfer bank accounts from old to new address
- Notify your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles of your change of address
- Two weeks before moving
- Arrange for transport of pets and plants
- Have your car serviced for your moving trip
- Verify all arrangements are correct with the moving company
One week before you move
- Prepare directions, itinerary and emergency contacts for the movers
- Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Return books, videos, and other rented items
- Visit the vet and obtain copies of your pets’ records
- Drain power equipment of gas and oil
- Cancel your newspaper delivery service
- Find homes for your plants you won’t take with you
- Buy necessary prescriptions and have prescriptions forwarded to your new local pharmacy
- Make payment arrangements for your move.
A few days before moving
- Defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer
- Give your valuables to a trusted friend or relative for safekeeping until after the move
- Disconnect all major appliances
- Stay in touch with your movers for any updates
- Pack special bags for the first day and the move. Store them separately in your car.
- First day-sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes, flashlight
- Move items-scissors, utility knife, water and soda, pencil and paper, local phone book, masking tape, trash bags, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, paper towls, soap, trash bags, masking tape, aspirin
- Be home to consult with movers
- Record utility meter readings
- Stay home until the movers are finished
- Complete inventory on the moving bill and read the bill and inventory sheet carefully before signing, keep copies.
- Take one last look around to be sure you didn’t forget anything
- Verify the movers have your new address and an emergency contact number
At your new home
- Unpack your first day and moving kit.
- Be at your destination to greet and consult with movers.
- Pay the moving bill after the movers are finished. The driver must collect payment upon delivery by law.
- As the movers unload your belongings, check them off of your inventory sheet and check for damage or missing items
- Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
- Go to the post office and collect your mail.