It is time to move... Are you ready? Here is a checklist to help you get ready.
Six to Eight Weeks before Moving Day
- 1. Create a "moving file" to keep track of your move-movers checklist, estimates, receipts, your company's moving policy (if your company is moving you), moving company's coordinator name & phone number.
- 2. Get estimates from movers. Make sure the mover bids on everything they are to move. If items are added later it will increase the movers’ estimates even if you have a binding estimate.
- 3. Contact the destination city's Chamber of Commerce and request a new resident packet
- 4. Obtain or draw the floor plan of your new residence and start deciding where to place your furniture
- 5. Notify the post office that you are moving. An online change of address form is available on the United States Postal Service website.
6. Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms, and others who should be notified of your move such as:
- Utilities: phone, water, gas, electric, trash, cable, internet
- Personal Accounts: pharmacy, dry cleaner, lawn service, bank and finance companies, whoever you receive a bill from, health club
- Professional Services: Doctors, dentist, accountant, lawyer, and broker, veterinarians, and insurance agency (collect records & documents from your professional people.)
- Publications: newspapers, magazines, newsletter, professional journals
- Government Offices: Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, State and Tax Bureau, City and County Tax Assessor, Veterans Administration
- 7. Begin researching auto shipping companies and how to ship your pets
- 8. Notify your children's old school of the move, transfer school records, and register kids at new school
- 9. Start packing non-essential items. Make a stack for trash/charitable donation/garage sale items.
- 10. Place all important papers in a lockable container and keep with you. Mark it do not move.
- 11. Take pictures and keep and inventory of all your valuable possessions.
Two to Six Weeks before Moving Day
- 1. Arrange to have utilities turned off.
- 2. Return library book, borrowed items from friends, and pick-up dry cleaning, and gather items from friends or neighbors that they may have borrowed.
- 3. Empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel, and dispose of anything hazardous or flammable.
- 4. Get your car serviced.
- 5. Pack everything you can.
- 6. Get your rugs and drapes cleaned and wrapped before moving.
- 7. Do not clean upholstered furniture and do not wax wood furniture prior to moving.
- 8. Take pictures and other fine articles and have them appraised.
- 9. Transfer auto registration.
- 10. Arrange for kids to say good-bye to friends.
- 11. Decide on what to do with plants.
Moving Day to One Week Prior to the Move
- 1. Mark boxes with special information like fragile, room where it is going, make sure important papers do not get packed - this includes computers, and stereo equipment.
- 2. Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of the move so they will be room temperature when moved.
- 3. Make sure needed medications are not packed.
- 4. Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer.
- 5. Write down all serial numbers of computers, tec. and keep in your "move file".
- 6. Leave your contact information to the new buyer in case they need to contact you or forward mail.
- 7. Clean the house for the new owner.
- 8. Make sure the movers have a valid new address and how to reach you during the transport.
- 9. Get money for the trip close down bank account.
- 10. Double check closets, outside buildings, etc. making sure everything gets moved.
- 11. Drain Water hoses.
Moving-In Day and After
- 1. To prevent possible damage, television sets, and other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.
- 2. Supervise the placement of furniture upon move-in. Check for any damages and take pictures, be sure to have the floor plan available for the movers.
- 3. Get new drivers licenses.
- 4. Contact the post office to start delivering mail.
- 5. Register to vote.
- 6. Start unpacking in a logical way. Unpack the essential items first then the non-essential.
- 7. Make sure your car gets registered.