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Preparing for moving

Two Months Prior to Moving Day

  • If you use a mover, get 2-3 estimates from moving companies. If you move yourself, get costs from a truck rental company.
  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).
  • Prepare to have a moving sale for your less valuable items, and have a net-auction for the more valuable ones – see QuikDrop.com
  • Prepare current house for sale – upgrade lighting, lawn and paint
  • Arrange to transfer school records.
  • Choose a mover from the quotes and reserve your moving and delivery dates.
  • Get your new home ready – Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive.

Six weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
  • Four weeks prior to Moving Day

    • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one.
    • Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive.
    • If you have “last month” deposits with services, such as the telephone company.
    • Change the locks on all the doors in your new home, if the new home is ready.
    • If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck for your selected moving day.
    • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials from uBoxes.com and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at your new house.
    • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting
    • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
    • Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
    • Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
    • 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.

    Three weeks prior to Moving Day

    • Hold your moving sale.
    • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids
    • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
    • Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).
    • Make child-care arrangements for moving day.

    Two weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange for donation or disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale
  • Service your car in preparation for the move. If you’re moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
  • Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
  • 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 you move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
  • Pack a travel kit: Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.
  • One day prior to Moving Day

  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
  • Settle any bills with local businesses.
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
  • Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
  • Confirm any travel reservations.
  • Defrost refrigerator & freezer, propping doors open.
  • Let movers pack your belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
  • 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 certified check 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 and sign papers.
  • Move Day

  • Note all utility meter readings.
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.
  • Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
  • Delivery Day

  • Be present at your new house to answer any questions.
  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
  • On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded.
  • Be prepared to pay your mover with certified check or traveler’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
  • With this last box checked, you’ll be ready to enjoy the fruits of your organization and your new home.