|Preparing For The Move
There's so much to do before you move that the list seems almost endless.
However, here is a list of items that can be completed well in advance
of your moving date.
6 weeks before moving:
a change of address order form for the post office.
inventory of everything you own. Divide this inventory into three
separate categories: items to be handled by the mover, items to
be handled by you, and items to be left behind.
certificates, wills, and other one-of-a-kind items (jewelry, photos,
and home videos) that will be difficult or impossible to replace.
Plan to carry them with you instead of packing them.
Get rid of
what you don't need either through a garage sale, give to friends
or charity, or haul off to the dump.
insurance agent to transfer property, fire, auto, and medical
dental and medical records. Include prescriptions, eyeglass specifications,
and vaccination records.
changes that you may incur in your auto licensing and insurance
childrens' school(s). Make arrangement for records to be forwarded
to the new school district.
clubs or organizations you are associated with for information
on transferring, selling, or ending your memberships.
to your new community. Drive around and learn where the important
destinations are, e.g. shopping districts, hospitals, police and
Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau to request information
on schools, parks and recreation, community calendars, and maps.
If you plan
to do any part of the packing, start collecting suitable containers
and packing materials.
If you have
pets, call your new town to determine if there are any specific
requirements for pet ownership. In addition, obtain and transfer
your children in their new schools.
an IRS change of address form.
with your moving company, or reserve a rental truck.
arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies,
memberships in churches, clubs, and civic organizations.
and dental records, x-rays, and prescription histories. Ask your
doctor and dentist for referrals, and transfer prescriptions.
Set up a checking account in your new city.
the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based
businesses, professional tests, business licenses, and any special
laws that might be applicable to you.
of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need
to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or
video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic
2 Weeks Before Moving
utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water,
newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies
of your move.
help on moving day.
if moving from an apartment.
serviced for moving.
and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
for special needs of infants.
accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing,
be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments
that haven't been processed.
from your safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents
before mailing, or hand carry them to your new address.
your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your
homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
Give a close
friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be
reached if needed.
On Moving Day
check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to be sure
they are empty.
documents, currency, and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
beds, and make sure the bedding goes into a 'Load Last' box.
to be on hand when the movers arrive.
delivery date and time at your new address. Write directions to
your new home for the driver. Provide the new phone number, and
include phone numbers where you can be reached in transit (cell
to take along the driver's name, address, and telephone number.
much time with the mover as possible. If you have special instructions,
like what to load first and last, make sure it is explained to
your mover. Communicate well with the movers. If you choose to
have your mover handle your valuables or other fragile goods,
tell the mover in advance.
details and paperwork with driver. Accompany the driver as he
or she inspects and tags each piece of furniture with an identifying
number. These numbers, along with a detailed description of your
goods and their condition at the time of loading, will appear
on the inventory.
all of your goods are loaded.
Perform a final inspection of the premises.
After Arriving At New Home
driver's license, auto registration, and tags.
for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher
utilities turned on. (Phone, gas, electricity, Internet, water,
cable TV, etc.)
hospitals, police stations, veterinarian, and fire stations near
Be at the
premises when the movers arrive. Remain on the premises while
your belongings are being unloaded. If you cannot be there personally,
be sure to authorize an adult to be your representative to accept
delivery and pay the charges for you. Inform the destination agent
of your chosen representative's name.
on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements
were made in advance, payment is required upon delivery in cash,
traveler's checks, money order or cashier's check. Most of the
time, personal checks are not accepted.
pets to an out-of-the-way room to help keep them from running
away or becoming agitated by all of the activity.
floor plan so you can tell the movers where to place your furniture,
appliances, beds, and boxes. Be available to direct them as they
To prevent possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other
electronic equipment, and major appliances should not be used for
24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.
If you follow these ideas, tips, and suggestions, you should be
able to accomplish your move with a minimal amount of disruption