6 to 8 Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- If you are using movers, get a few estimates from moving companies you can find here.
- If you are moving yourself, get a few estimates from at least two truck rental companies.
- Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
- Arrange to transfer school records and check enrolement in schools.
- Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter.
- Start with basement, garage, attic, and other storage areas.
- Start a file for all of your moving paperwork – estimates, receipts, bills and so forth.
- Chose the truck rental company: Budget, UHaul, Penske, etc
- Get your new home ready: Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, etc.
- Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.
- Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
- Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
- Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
- Clean all closets and drawers, vacuum the floors.
- Start using foods and cleaning supplies that can’t be moved.
4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Schedule to disconnect all utility services at your old home and connection at new home.
- Set to disconnect the day after you leave and to connect the day before you arrive.
- If you have “last month” deposits with services remember to request your refund.
- If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck: Budget, UHaul, Penske, etc.
- Obtain packing materials and start packing items not needed right away at new home.
- Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting.
- Check your insurance policy to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
- Collect your important records: Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
3 Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
- If moving to another state: Prepare auto registration for transfer.
- If you are moving in/out of an apartment or condo, arrange for use of the elevator.
- Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
- Hold your moving sale – make space for new furniture and things.
2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
- Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
- Cancel newspaper delivery and any reoccurring subscriptions.
- Notify employer, banks and all creditors of your move.
- Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
- Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
- Change your address: One week before your move
- Send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
- Pick up laundry – laundry tickets are easy to misplace.
- Ask for your laundry things by name and not just by the receipts you have.
- Pack a travel kit: Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID’s, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids.
- Pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items, to have handy at the new house.
1 Day Prior to Moving Day:
- Set aside anything that will travel in your car, so it will not be loaded on the truck.
- Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house.
- Clearly mark this box “Load Last”.
- Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
- Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
- If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
- If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
- Note all utility meter readings.
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.
- Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
- Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
- Supervise unloading and unpacking.
- Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or credit card unless other arrangements have been made in advance.