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Moving Checklist

Two Months Before your move

  • Get moving quotes if you are planning on using a professional mover.
  • If you need a rental truck for a "do-it-yourself-move," contact a rental company like:
  • Visually prepare or design a floor plan for your furniture in your new home.
  • Create a list for inventory of your belongings. This is helpful in preparing a garage or moving sale.
  • Keep all of your paperwork concerning the move in one file, so nothing is lost or misplaced.
  • Transfer all school records for your children.
  • Finalize your decision on a mover.
  • If time permits, prepare your new home for arrival. (New paint, new locks, etc.)
  • Consider your children in the move. Plan ahead and visit our Moving with Children Guide

One Month Before your move

  • Change your address
  • Change you address with the IRS
  • Make any travel arrangements where you would need an airline, train, hotel, bus or car rental.
  • Research the area in which you will be moving for clubs, civic organizations and churches, so that you can change your membership.
  • Contact medical and dental offices to receive records, asking these professionals for referrals and continuing prescriptions.
  • Establish a new checking account.
  • Research local laws about home-based businesses and business licenses if you own or operate your own business.
  • Make an inventory list of all of your belongings.
  • Arrange for your pets to be transported.
  • Use/finish household items so that there is less to pack and move.

Two Weeks Before your move

  • Forward your magazines to your new address.
  • Forward your newspaper to your new address.
  • Forward your old email to your new email address.
  • Contact all of your utilities and change your service to your new address.
  • Organize those helping you on the day of the move.
  • Be sure to confirm all travel reservations you have made.
  • If moving appliances, you may want to make sure they are inspected before the move.
  • Pack all clean clothing.
  • Close your bank accounts, making sure you have ample cash for the move. The remainder of the funds should be transferred to your new bank.
  • Keep important documents and valuables close at hand during the move.
  • Prepare for the move of any infant or small children.
  • Review your insurance policy for coverage during your move.
  • Provide relatives with your travel information
  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.

Moving Day Has Arrived!

  • Do a final walk through of the home to make sure all of your belongings have been removed.
  • Be sure to take control of all personal items that are valuable or important to you during the move.
  • You may want to purchase travelers checks instead of using cash during the move.