Planning well ahead of your move is essential for a smooth and hassle-free move. We have put together a list of items, in chronological order, which may help you in efficiently planning and organizing your move.
2 Weeks before Moving Day
☐ Notify schools and arrange for transfer of school records and transcripts.
☐ Contact the IRS or your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.
☐ Cancel deliveries (newspaper, diapers, laundry, etc.).
☐ Cancel or transfer membership in religious, civic and athletic organizations.
☐ Finalize arrangements with moving company. If your moving company is packing your belongings, arrange for packing to be done 1-2 days before the actual moving day.
☐ Arrange for child care on moving day.
☐ Dispose of items that you do not want to bring with you or your moving company cannot transport (flammables).
☐ Hold a garage sale or sell online.
☐ Donate to charity (tax-deductible) or give away to friends and relatives.
☐ Bulky items pick up or drop off – check with your local garbage disposal company.
☐ Drop off recycle household chemicals, oil, batteries, etc – check with your local garbage disposal company.
☐ If you are moving out of a high-rise building, contact the property manager and reserve the elevator for moving day. Secure parking for the moving truck.
☐ Arrange for removal of “installed items” you are bringing with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.
☐ Change of address
☐ Fill out change of address forms with the US postal service, Social Security Administration, IRS and DMV
☐ Friends and relatives
☐ Charge and credit card accounts
☐ Frequent flyer programs
☐ Brokers and mutual funds
☐ Insurance agent/companies
☐ Medical insurance
☐ Catalogues you want to keep receiving
☐ Memberships in professional and religious organizations or gym
4 Days before Moving Day
☐ Stop watering your plants to avoid spillage during the move.
☐ Confirm date and time of your move with moving company.
☐ Return any cable equipment.
☐ Cancel utilities (gas, electric, cable, phone, water, garbage; transfer services, if possible, or arrange new services).
1 Day before Moving Day
☐ Take down curtains and curtain rods.
☐ Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.
☐ Clean and air your stove.
☐ Have moving company pack your belongings (or finish packing if you do your own packing).
☐ Plan your breakfast. Paper plates are fine. Eating something on the road is better.
☐ Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.
☐ Go to bed early to be ready for an early start on moving day.
☐ Pack a special box with other essentials you will need for the first few days (Make sure to mark this box "DO NOT MOVE").
☐ Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.
☐ Walk around with the crew chief.
☐ Make sure the driver has the correct delivery address and phone and cellular numbers.
☐ Before the moving crew leaves from your old location, take a final look through your old location to make certain nothing has been left behind. Check all closets and cabinets.
Things To Do after Moving In
☐ Open bank accounts.
☐ Open safe deposit box account.
☐ Begin deliveries (newspaper, diapers, laundry).
☐ Register to vote.
☐ Change driver’s license.
☐ Change auto registration.
☐ Install new batteries in existing smoke detectors (and install any additional needed smoke detectors) and buy fire extinguisher.
☐ Hold a housewarming party for the folks who helped you find your home and your moving helpers.
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