Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving:
Use up food items, frozen and canned goods.
Get estimates from professional movers or truck rental companies. Be sure to
discuss insurance, packing, loading, delivery and their claims procedure.
Sort through your belongings. Decide what you want to keep, what to sell and items
you wish to donate to charity.
Inquire with your utility companies (phone, power, cable, water) about setting up new service and canceling
Obtain a change of address packet from the post office. Send new address to
creditors and magazine subscriptions.
Discuss tax-deductible moving expenses with your accountant and begin keeping accurate records.
If you are moving to a new community, contact the Chamber of Commerce and school
district to request information.
Make any airline, hotel or car rental reservations that are necessary.
Two to Four Weeks Before Moving:
Determine how many boxes you will need.
Begin packing non-essential items. Label each box with the contents and the room
where you want it to be delivered.
Arrange for storage, if needed.
If you have any items you don't wish to pack and move, hold a yard sale.
Transfer your bank accounts to new branch locations. Set-up any direct deposit or
bill payer services with the new branch.
Make special arrangements to move pets, consulting with your vet regarding ways
to make travel comfortable for them.
Collect items from safe-deposit box.
One Week Before Moving:
Arrange with your pharmacy to have any medical prescriptions transferred.
Arrange for a baby sitter on moving day.
Return library books and videotapes.
Two to Three Days Before Moving:
Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
Give your travel itinerary to a friend or relative so they can reach you if necessary.
Moving Day - Old Home:
Pick up the truck as early as possible.
Read water meter to avoid $30 charge.
Double-check closets, cupboards, attic, basement and garage for any left-behind items.
Moving Day - New Home:
Be on hand to answer question and give instructions to the mover.
Unpack your "first day" box.
Unpack children's toys and find a safe place for them to play.
Examine your goods for damage.
Essential Packing Materials:
Newspaper or Packing Paper
Pack a "First Day" box with items you will need right away. Items may include: