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Things to do Before You Move

Things to do Before You Move


Basic RGB

8-12 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Contact a mover and establish a moving date.
  • Begin getting rid of items you don’t want to move.  Have a garage sale or donate the items to charity.
  • Remove items from storage areas (attic, basement, shed).
  • Begin packing  non-essential and out of season items.
  • Make a list of everyone to contact with change of address.
  • Give notice to local service providers (cleaners, day care, lawn service, health club, alarm company, etc).
  • Notify schools of move, request children’s records to be sent to new school.
  • Start using up stored/frozen foods and cleaning supplies.

4-7 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Submit and Change of Address form with your post office.
  • Notify friends and family of new address/contact information.
  • Compile a medical/dental/veterinary records.  Look for new providers and arrange for the records to be transferred.
  • Return borrowed items collect items borrowed from others.
  • Place jewelry and other valuables in a safety deposit box.
  • Get rid of hazardous materials you cannot move (paints, solvents, automotive supplies, drain openers, aerosols, etc).
  • Contact companies you do business with to notify them of the change (subscriptions, utilities, insurance, financial, etc).
  • Gather items you’ll need during the move (clothing, medications, toiletries).  Keep separate from packed items.

2-3 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Pack  all non-essential items.  Label boxes with contents and room name of where they will go at the new location.  Return library books.  Pick up dry cleaning and items being repaired.
  • Make travel arrangements for children/pets/live plants.
  • Service your automobile so it’s ready for travel.
  • Drain fluids from small engines (lawn mowers, snow blowers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, etc).
  • Make a meal plan for last week.  Consume as many frozen/refrigerated and fresh foods as possible.
  • Visit local friends and neighbors.  Have a going away party!
  • Gather all personal records and important documents.

1 Week Before You Move:

  • Finish packing.  Mark all boxes for movers.
  • Confirm moving details with your  mover.
  • Empty freezer/refrigerator.  Clean oven and other appliances.
  • Cancel any remaining services (newspaper, mail, lawn care, day care, etc).
  • Disconnect appliances (range, dryer, ice maker, electronics.)
  • Close bank accounts.  Transfer funds to new accounts.  Make sure you have enough money with you for movers and travel.
  • Empty safe deposit box(es).  Place items in a safe place for transport with you.
  • Back up computer files.  Carefully pack computer/electronics.
  • Pack personal items needed during the move.  Keep separate.

Moving Day:

  • Walk through house with movers, clarifying any special details or packing instructions.
  • Check utility meters.   Record gas, water, electric readings.
  • Clean emptied rooms.  Check all closets and storage areas.
  • Carefully review bill of load before moving truck leaves.
  • Last minute inspection, walk through entire house.
  • Say goodbye to neighbors.  Leave contact information.
  • Take valuables and important personal records with you.
  • Disconnect telephone.  Lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off lights.  Surrender keys.  Shut off furnace, air conditioner, water heater.
  • Verify new address with mover.  Provide contact information.