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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
  • Banks
  • 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:
  • Boxes
  • Packing and masking tape
  • Markers
  • Newspapers
  • Twine
  • Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly with their contents and their priorities, mark “open first” boxes with important items.

Important items

  • Dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding
  • Special toys
  • Towels
  • Light bulbs
  • Plates
  • Tools - hammer, pliers, wrench

Pick up important records from/of:

  • Birth
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Legal
  • Optician, optometrist
  • School - make sure you get one with a raised seal
  • Veterinarian

Close out your bank accounts

  • Checking
  • Savings
  • 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:

  • Passports
  • 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
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Water
  • 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
  • Paint
  • 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

Moving Day

  • 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.


After Moving

  • 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



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