List of things to-do
The following is a list of things to do prior to moving:
We recommend you start a moving file. In order to organize yourself, we recommend you print this list and check off items as they are accomplished.
One Month Prior to Moving
- Prepare an inventory of all your household items. You will need this list when you contact movers for estimates.
- Call movers for estimates and discuss the costs involved. Reserve your move date 4-6 weeks in advance, pending on the date requested.
- Determine other moving expenses and prepare a rough budget.
- Sell or give away anything you don’t want to move to your next location.
- Visit your current bank and advise them of your moving plans so they can offer recommendations on setting up accounts at a new financial institution.
- Notify your doctor and dentist of your move in order to have records and prescriptions transferred.
- If you have pets, arrange for their boarding during your pre-move and for shipping when you move. Contact your veterinarian for your pet’ s records, and try to have all of their shots and treatments done before you move. Call your new county to determine specific requirements for that area.
- If you have children, find out details regarding their new school.
- Verify requirements for auto licensing.
- Notify insurance companies of your move. Transfer insurance on your house and possessions to insure coverage of your new home.
- Close charge accounts you won’t be using in your new community.
- Ask for a transfer of credit bureau files.
- Send “change of address” to your post office.
- Send “change of address” cards to friends, magazines and creditors.
- Notify your church or synagogue.
- Cancel local deliveries.
- Contact utilities for disconnection.
Two Weeks Prior to Moving
- Empty your safe deposit box.
- Pack items of sentimental value and valuable papers that you are going to take care of yourself.
- Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets.
- Have your vehicles serviced for the trip.
- Hire a babysitter for when the movers are in your home.
- Plan a furniture layout for the movers, showing where things should be in your new home.
- Make hotel reservations if you are traveling for more than one day or if you must wait for the movers to arrive.
- Start packing anything that the movers won’t be packing.
- If your home isn’t sold, make maintenance and security arrangements with your real-estate agent and plan for a thorough cleaning of your house, carpets and draperies.
- Check with your local tax assessors to make sure your tax records are in order.
- If your home will be vacant for some time, arrange for snow removal, lawn care and notify police.
Final Days Prior to Moving
- Plan a survival kit in case you must wait for the movers:
- Paper plates.
- Toilet paper.
- Games to occupy the children.
- New house keys.
- Pack clothes for the trip.
- Take a local phone directory with you.
- Notify someone of your travel plans.
- Empty gasoline from the lawn mower and discard any cleaning fluids that are flammable. The mover won’t allow them to be packed.
- Obtain a cashiers check for the movers and travelers check for your trip to cover any expenses until your new accounts are available.
- Defrost and dry your refrigerator and freezer.
- Disconnect appliances and antennas.
- Verify boxes are labeled. Anything not being loaded should be marked “Do Not Move” and consolidated in one area.
On Moving Day
- Make arrangements for pets so they won’t interrupt movers.
- Hire a babysitter for the children.
- Either you or someone else should be present when the movers arrive to direct them.
- Review inventory sheets with movers, including destination address and contact numbers.
- Take valuable documents, such as, jewelry and money.
- Clear access areas, parking spaces, driveways, walkways and stairs of debris.
- At the completion of the loading, do a final walk through of the premises. Make sure all doors and windows are locked and lights out.
- Arrange to greet the movers.
- Make payment of final balance due.
- Review the floor plan with movers and the placement of household items.
- Confirm receipt of all household items by checking your inventory.