If moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency.
If you're driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
Save all moving receipts. (Some moving expenses may be tax deductible.)
Check the current tax code.
Place in a safe place, legal, medical, financial, and insurance records.
Purchase insurance coverage for valuables being moved.
One month prior -
Pack items that aren't regularly used, such as off-season clothes and decorations
plus items in garage, attic, and closets. - Write destination room on boxes.
Make travel arrangements for your pets.
If you're driving, get your car tuned.
Get medical records from your doctor, dentist, optometrist, and veterinarian.
Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts) to the cleaners.
Back up important computer files to floppy disk or CD.
Contact bank to make arrangements for transfer of accounts.
Two weeks prior -
Contact your utility companies notifying them of your move:
(gas, electric, water, cable, trash collector, and local phone service providers).
Sign up for services at your new address.
Contact your long distance phone company and notify them of your move.
Confirm your travel reservations.
Arrange to close or transfer your bank account.
Pick up items from safe deposit box.
One week prior -
Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops, etc.
Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods, etc.
to carry you through the day once you have arrived at your new home.
Finish packing except what is needed for the final week.
Inform the post office of your move.
Change-of-address cards (kit from post office) with new address and phone number to:
Friends and family
Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions
Magazines and newspapers
Doctors, lawyer, accountant, Realtor and other service providers
State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies
Workplace, schools, etc.
Voter registration office and motor vehicle bureau
Do not purchase perishable food.
Have home cleaning supplies ready.
The day before your move -
Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife, and rope.
Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
If moving yourself, get rental truck and a dolly to move heavy boxes.
If driving, check oil and gas in your vehicle.
Make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials.
Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer.
Leave keys, door openers, for new owner.
Moving day - carry with you:
The keys to your new home.
Map of new town and directions to your house.
The telephone number of the moving company.
Cash or traveler's checks.
Documentation related to the sale.
Your insurance policies for new home and agent's phone number.
Your current address book or personal planner.
Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
Extra clothing, etc., should movers arrive late.
Any important personal records and documents.
Any items of great personal or irreplaceable value (example: photo album)
Back-ups of important computer files.
Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
Personal hygiene items (for example, toothpaste, soap, razor)
Arrival day at your new home...
Acquire key – change locks the day of move – one set for all doors.
Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.
Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered prior to signing delivery documents.
Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
Tip: It's helpful to have the movers read off the inventory numbers on boxes and furniture while you check the inventory list.
Unpack valuable items, such as silver, art, and jewelry.
Check furnace, hot water heater and appliances.
After you have moved in -
Walk and drive around your new neighborhood and community to orient yourself
Get new driver's licenses, library cards, voter registration cards.
Enroll children in school.
Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
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