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Mover’s Checklist

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.