Moving Planner

Countdown to Moving Day

EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Begin an inventory of all household goods.
  • Solicit estimates from several moving companies.
  • Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your home owners policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.
  • Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer child(ren)’s school records.
  • Choose a mover.

SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Begin search for good health-care professionals in your new location.
    Fill out post-office change of address cards.
  • Send your new address to anyone that might need it—insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
  • Clean out closets and dispose of all items that you will not be taking with you.
  • Hold a moving /garage sale or donate items to charities.

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Start packing!! If your mover is doing the packing please set aside or mark all/any times that will not be moved and ready items for packing by organizing drawers and elevating clutter
  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as needed.
    Begin to use up over stocks of staple foods.
  • Gather valuable personal papers that you may need at your destination location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, etc.
  • If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for pick up and/or delivery dates.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Arrange to have utilities (gas, electric ,phone, cable, water, etc.) disconnected in your present home, and connected at your new home.
  • Ready car registration and insurance records for transfer.
  • Notify State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
    Arrange for child care on moving day.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Arrange to move pets.
  • Check with mover about moving house plants.
  • Make arrangements for live plants as they can not be taken on the moving truck
  • If necessary, have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.

ONE WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Transfer all bank accounts.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Have enough medication to last at least two weeks. Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your new destination.
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move.
  • Withdraw items and close safety deposit boxes.

TWO DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
  • Set aside valuable items to carry with you including jewelry, vital documents, money and valuable small items.

MOVING DAY

  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished.
  • Accompany driver for inventory of your household goods.
  • Complete information on bill of lading and carefully read the document before you sign it.
  • Make sure you have your copies of the Bill of Lading.
  • Before the van/truck leaves, take one final look through the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
  • Give the driver directions to your new home and or any special requests prior to leaving your fist location.

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