2 months before you move
Get a floor plan for your new home and decide between what you will move, store, and get rid of
Begin to make an inventory of your things
Clean out your storage spaces such as the attic and the garage
Find out from your homeowner’s insurer what is covered in your move
Get estimates from a couple of moving companies
Start the process of transferring your children’s school records
Six weeks before you move
Check with the IRS to determine what costs from your move will be tax deductible
Subscribe to a newspaper in your new area in order to get community information
Notify your friends, relatives, and subscriptions of your move
Get a listing of health care providers in your new area
Complete change of address forms for postal service, creditors, social security administration, health care providers, legal advisors and schools.
Clean out your storage areas and have a garage sale for anything you will not be moving
Choose a mover and insurance coverage
Contact your employer to see if they will cover any costs of moving (for work related moves)
One month before you move
Have furniture, drapes and carpet cleaned
Gather your important documents such as registration and licensing information, medical and school records, birth certificates, wills, stocks, deeds, and other financial information
Contact electric, phone, cable, gas, oil, and trash servicers for disconnection at old address and reconnection at the new address
Request refunds from your insurance, prepaid utilities, and security deposits
Notify home services such as gardeners and pool cleaners
Notify insurance companies of your move and for coverage at your new home
Three weeks before you move
Finalize your travel plans
Close or transfer bank accounts from old to new address
Notify your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles of your change of address
Two weeks before moving
Arrange for transport of pets and plants
Have your car serviced for your moving trip
Verify all arrangements are correct with the moving company
One week before you move
Prepare directions, itinerary and emergency contacts for the movers
Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Return books, videos, and other rented items
Visit the vet and obtain copies of your pets’ records
Drain power equipment of gas and oil
Cancel your newspaper delivery service
Find homes for your plants you won’t take with you
Buy necessary prescriptions and have prescriptions forwarded to your new local pharmacy
Make payment arrangements for your move.
A few days before moving
Defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer
Give your valuables to a trusted friend or relative for safekeeping until after the move
Disconnect all major appliances
Stay in touch with your movers for any updates
Pack special bags for the first day and the move. Store them separately in your car.
First day-sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes, flashlight
Move items-scissors, utility knife, water and soda, pencil and paper, local phone book, masking tape, trash bags, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, paper towls, soap, trash bags, masking tape, aspirin
Be home to consult with movers
Record utility meter readings
Stay home until the movers are finished
Complete inventory on the moving bill and read the bill and inventory sheet carefully before signing, keep copies.
Take one last look around to be sure you didn’t forget anything
Verify the movers have your new address and an emergency contact number
At your new home
Unpack your first day and moving kit.
Be at your destination to greet and consult with movers.
Pay the moving bill after the movers are finished. The driver must collect payment upon delivery by law.
As the movers unload your belongings, check them off of your inventory sheet and check for damage or missing items
Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
Go to the post office and collect your mail.