It is time to move… Are you ready? Here is a checklist to help you get ready.
Six to Eight Weeks before Moving Day
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact the destination city’s Chamber of Commerce and request a new resident packet
- Obtain or draw the floor plan of your new residence and start deciding where to place your furniture
- Notify the post office that you are moving. An online change of address form is available on the United States Postal Service website.
- 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
- Begin researching auto shipping companies and how to ship your pets
- Notify your children’s old school of the move, transfer school records, and register kids at new school
- Start packing non-essential items. Make a stack for trash/charitable donation/garage sale items.
- Place all important papers in a lockable container and keep with you. Mark it do not move.
- Take pictures and keep and inventory of all your valuable possessions.
Two to Six Weeks before Moving Day
- Arrange to have utilities turned off.
- Return library book, borrowed items from friends, and pick-up dry cleaning, and gather items from friends or neighbors that they may have borrowed.
- Empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel, and dispose of anything hazardous or flammable.
- Get your car serviced.
- Pack everything you can.
- Get your rugs and drapes cleaned and wrapped before moving.
- Do not clean upholstered furniture and do not wax wood furniture prior to moving.
- Take pictures and other fine articles and have them appraised.
- Transfer auto registration.
- Arrange for kids to say good-bye to friends.
- Decide on what to do with plants.
Moving Day to One Week Prior to the Move
- 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.
- Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of the move so they will be room temperature when moved.
- Make sure needed medications are not packed.
- Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer.
- Write down all serial numbers of computers, tec. and keep in your “move file”.
- Leave your contact information to the new buyer in case they need to contact you or forward mail.
- Clean the house for the new owner.
- Make sure the movers have a valid new address and how to reach you during the transport.
- Get money for the trip close down bank account.
- Double check closets, outside buildings, etc. making sure everything gets moved.
- Drain Water hoses.
Moving-In Day and After
- 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.
- 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.
- Get new drivers licenses.
- Contact the post office to start delivering mail.
- Register to vote.
- Start unpacking in a logical way. Unpack the essential items first then the non-essential.
- Make sure your car gets registered.