When relocating there is so much to do, our moving list provides you with a clear timetable and outlines your next tasks at each step.
One month before moving:
Pick up a change of address kit from the post office and notify the address change to:
- Friends and family
- Insurance companies
- Credit card companies
- Magazines and newspapers - cancel local newspaper delivery
- Doctors, dentists and other providers - transfer drug prescriptions
- Past employer - for W2 forms
- Take a look around the house and note down the items you’re not moving with you.
- Use up perishable foods
- Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted item.
- Prepare a list of what you want to move.
- Large appliances?
- Outside furniture?
For full services move:
- Get written estimates from several moving companies
- Will the movers pack for you?
- What items won't they move?
- Get appraisals of high-value items in case of future claims
- For do-it-yourself moves, make arrangements for truck rental and moving help, and buy packing supplies:
- Packing and masking tape
- Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly with their contents and their priorities, mark “open first” boxes with important items.
- Pots and pans
- Alarm clock
- Special toys
- Light bulbs
- Tools - hammer, pliers, wrench
Pick up important records from/of:
- Optician, optometrist
- School - make sure you get one with a raised seal
Close out your bank accounts
- Safe Deposit Box
- Start a new bank account in your new town.
- Transfer account from current bank
- Contact your child's new school and notify them of your upcoming move to their area.
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new town. Request a relocation package
Two Weeks Before Moving:
Pack your vital documents in one place:
- Military records
- Mortgage records
- Marriage license
- Birth certificates
- Vehicle titles
- Stock certificates
- Insurance papers
- Bank records
- School records
- Medical records
- Tax records
- Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds for any deposits made. Have meters read.
Give new address for them to send their final bill:
- Cable - return box if necessary
- Internet access
- Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new residence.
- Make arrangements for cleaning
- Inquire about your new state's auto licensing procedure and auto insurance rates.
- Check with your insurance company about transferring coverage to your new home
- Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house on moving day.
One Week before Moving
- Dispose or drain any flammable items
- Lawn mower gas
- Snow blower gas
- Aerosol cans
Plan what goes in the car with you:
- Toys and games for kids
- Special breakable items or collections
- Important documents and records
- Change of clothes and toiletries for your first day
- Vacuum cleaner - if you want to clean right away
- Toilet paper
- First aid kit
- Food kit with bottled water, cereal, bananas
- Make travel arrangements for your pets and plants.Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable antiques and collections.
- Have your car tuned up.
The Day Before Moving
- Defrost, clean and air out your refrigerator.
- Clean your stove.
- Make sure you have payment ready for the mover - they will not unpack without a check. Check your moving company's payment policies.
- Purchase traveler's checks for other possible expenses.
- Pack your former town's phone book for future correspondence.
- Get a simple breakfast ready for the next morning.
- Pick up ice and beverages for moving day
- Take down curtains and curtain rods.
- Get a good night's sleep
- Strip your beds.
- Moving company - will they disassemble?
- Show movers around. Make sure your possessions to be moved are inventoried with them.
- Write "subject to further inspection for concealed loss or damage" on contract when you sign to protect yourself should you find damage while unpacking.
- Get all keys together. Put in a safe spot.
- Make sure moving van driver has correct address, phone number and directions. Confirm delivery date with him.
- Check all rooms one last time. Remember closets and cupboards, basement and garage! Make sure all windows and doors are locked.
- Explore your new neighborhood. Locate the nearest convenience and hardware store, pharmacy, supermarket, video rental, school and library, etc.
- Check smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher.
- If necessary, install a new door lock and/or dead-bolt.
- Update your address information if you haven't done so (driver's license, car registrations, insurance, credit cards, bank accounts, voter registration).
- If you have not received your security deposit, call your landlord to confirm your new address.
- Call the Internal Revenue Service to change your address. You can also visit the IRS online at www.irs.gov.