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Getting Ready To Move

Things To Do Early

  • Secure a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Solicit estimates from at least three moving companies.
  • Call your homeowners insurance agent to find out to what degree your move is insured.
  • Arrange to transfer your children's school records.
  • Decide what to donate to charity and what to take.
  • Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
  • Store some things off site if necessary.
  • Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location.
  • Send change of address to the following:
    • Banks
    • Charge cards
    • Doctors/dentist
    • Relatives and friends
    • Insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker
    • Magazines
    • Post office
    • Schools
  • Clean your closets.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale.
  • Choose a mover.
  • Contact your mover to make arrangements and confirm insurance coverage.
  • If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover.

Next On The List

  • Start packing boxes of things not needed short term and itemize their contents and which room they go to.
  • Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV etc., for service disconnect/connect at your old and new addresses.
  • Request refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable service.
  • Notify your gardener, snow removal service, and pool service (if applicable).
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner's, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.

Less Than a Month To Go

  • Make your travel plans.
  • Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locale (if necessary).
  • Notify your Motor Vehicle Registration service of your new address.
  • Arrange for childcare on moving day.
  • For apartment dwellers, reserve the elevator for pickup and/or delivery dates.
  • Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
  • Service your car for the trip.
  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

A Few More Days To Go

  • Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company.
  • Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Pick up dry cleaning, and return library books and rented videotapes.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records.
  • Drain gas and oil from power equipment.
  • Give away plants not being moved.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Buy two-weeks worth of medication and have your prescriptions forwarded to your new pharmacy.
  • Buy traveler's checks if moving long distance.
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move.

Two Days Until Moving Day

  • If you're not doing it yourself, have your mover pack.
  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
  • Consider gathering all valuables and giving them to family or friends to hold until the move is completed.
  • Disconnect all major appliances.
  • Separate First Night Items: Sheets, Towels, Toiletries, Phone, Alarm Clock, Change of Clothes, and Flashlight.
  • Mover's Survival Kit: Scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, local phone book, masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner, and aspirin or ibuprofen.

It's Moving Day!!

  • Be home to answer any questions your mover may have.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, and water).
  • Stay until your movers are finished.
  • Complete information on the bill of lading and carefully read the document and the inventory sheet before signing it.
  • Keep your copies of the bill of lading and inventory until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
  • Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything.
  • Give movers the directions to your new home, and an emergency number where you can be reached during the move.

Finally, At The New House!

  • Be at the destination to welcome the movers and be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Carefully monitor the unloading of your items and account for each one on your inventory sheet. Check carefully for any damaged or missing.
  • After the job is completed, pay what is owed.
  • Focus on unpacking and working on what you will need right away, first-night items and mover's survival kit.