When it comes to moving there are so many things to do that it’s easy to forget a few. Here is a checklist that is easy to follow, simply check the box in each category upon completion. We hope it helps make your move go smoothly!
→ 30 to 15 Days Before Moving
√ Sell or give anything away you won’t move. Maybe plan a garage sale, or donate items to charity.
√ Make a list of everything to be moved.
√ Call several movers for estimates.
√ Consider insurance on movables.
√ Estimate packing cartons needed and purchase them.
√ Gather and store dental, medical and pet’s veterinary records. Ask for a professional referral for a new doctor, dentist and veterinarian.
√ Pick up Change of Address Moving Kit from the Post Office.
√ Send out change-of-address cards, especially to old and new neighborhood post offices.
√ Contact children’s school and have transcripts forwarded.
√ For tax purposes, keep a record of all moving expenses and keep receipts of any items you donate to charity.
√Arrange for disconnection of utilities and re-connection at new location.
√ Pack one room at a time and label all boxes as to what’s in them and the room in your new house they should go to.
√ Label furniture as to the room it should go to.
Make sure you return items you’ve borrowed from library and friends.
√Resign memberships to clubs.
√ Arrange the cancellation of newspaper and other home deliveries.
√ Ask bank to release safe deposit box and transfer account to new bank.
√ Arrange for cash, traveler’s checks, or certified checks. (Movers usually require cash or certified check.)
√ Drain gas from your lawn mower and dispose of flammable items.
√ Arrange to have your phone disconnected.
√ Transfer your insurance so you will be covered at your new home.
√ Prepare a first aid kit for your trip. Include your daily medical needs.
√ Pack a suitcase you can live out of, if necessary, for the first three days in your new home.
√ Empty and defrost refrigerator and freezer and let them air dry for a day. Deodorize large appliances with baking soda or coffee.
√ Remember to leave the keys to your old property with your real estate agent.
√ Give driver written directions to new address.
√ After van is packed and weighed, determine final moving bill. Make sure you have payment ready before van is unloaded at new address.
√ Confirm arrival date and time.
√ Pack vacuum last so you can reach it easily to clean new home.
√ Before you leave, check every room, closets and the attic a final time.
√ Check locks on doors and windows.
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