8 Weeks Before:
- Research moving companies with the Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews and get recommendations from friends and family that have recently moved.
- Go to ProtectYourMove.gov http://www.protectyourmove.gov to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as you prepare to work with a moving company.
- Consider extra insurance coverage you might need for the move. Ask moving companies what insurance is included & check to see what your home owner’s policy covers.
- If you are moving to a new area; research banks, doctors and schools. Gather proper paperwork to set up new accounts.
7 Weeks Before:
- Compare estimates & hire a moving company, if possible have estimator come to your home and do an inventory.
- Start a binder or folder where you can keep all your moving estimates and moving related paperwork.
- Make a list of businesses you will need to contact to change your address. Don’t forget to list your online accounts too.
6 Weeks Before:
- Get the packing process started by assessing your closets, and getting rid of clothing that doesn’t fit or is no longer wanted.
- Do a first round of donations of unwanted goods to charity, sell items online or have a garage sale to help pay for your move.
- If you have children, work with the current and future school to transfer school records and make plans for a smooth transition.
- Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently; seasonal items, rarely used gadgets and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start.
5 Weeks Before:
- Use up food from the refrigerator, freezer or pantry and refrain from doing too much grocery shopping or buying in bulk before the move.
- Get the word out to friends and family that you are moving. Send them an email with your new contact information or consider sending a moving announcement.
- Purchase moving supplies; including boxes, packing material, tape, markers & labels.
- Get a “box labeling” system in place. Numbered boxes, color-coding by room and a master list with inventory are key elements
- Make a room by room packing schedule and get packing!
4 Weeks Before:
- Fill out an official Change of Address form with the U.S. Post Office. http://www.usps.com
- Put in for vacation time at your job for the days surrounding the move and schedule a babysitter, if needed.
- Confirm all paperwork with your chosen mover and double-check for proper insurance.
3 Weeks Before:
- Gather valuable paperwork, jewelry and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and plan for transporting them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.
- Do an inventory of high ticket items and videotape or photograph them. Note any existing scratches, dings or damage to furniture.
2 Weeks Before:
- Put together a packet for the new owner of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you mail.
- If you’re moving major appliances, make sure they are cleaned, unplugged and ready to go. Freezers may need to be defrosted for 24 hours.
- Empty gas and oil lines from grill, lawn mower, snow blower and power equipment.
- Fill prescriptions and make sure everyone has medications they need in their suitcases.
- Withdraw cash so you can tip the movers and make sure you have enough cash, checks or credit to pay for unexpected expenses.
1 Week Before:
- Utilities should be turned off 1 day after your move-out date. It is helpful if utilities in your new home are turned on 1 day before your move-in date.
- Dispose of flammable items that can’t be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
- Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking emails and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.
- Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothing for unpacking.
- Hire a cleaning company to come after the movers have left and make sure everything is clean and in place for the new owners.
- Place carpet, floor and door protectors throughout your home.
- Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind.
- Before the movers leave, sign the inventory list and keep a copy.
After the Move:
- Make sure your new home has a visible address
- Send thank you notes to friends and family that helped during the move
- Find the nearest coffee shop, grocery store, library and take-out restaurant
- Aim to unpack all your boxes within the first two weeks in your new home
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Enjoy your new home!
Change of Address
A month prior to moving, begin to notify individuals, companies and institutions that your address will be changing by mailing change of address cards.
Bank/Credit Union Health
Loan Issuers Dental
Credit Cards Life
Student Loan Car
Financial Aide Homeowners
Power Children’s Physician
Cell Phone Babysitter
Retail Clubs (Costco) Dept. Motor Vehicles
Place of Worship Internal Revenue Service
Parent Teacher Association Voter Registration
Scout/Youth Organizations Social Security
Magazines Dept. Veteran Affairs
Subscription Boxes Permanent Fund Division