Now you are ready to move. So
what's next? Are you ready to
ship your belongings across town...or across the country? Moving
can be one of life's most stressful events but the proper planning
and preparation can make the process much easier.
Six Weeks Prior To Moving
Determine what can go with you and
what can actually stay behind.
Get estimates from several moving
companies. Ask for referrals.
Consider a moving or garage sale if
you have many items that are worth selling.
Request information on schools,
recreation, maps and parks from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors
Bureau of your new town.
Start and keep a file of all the
details and receipts of your move. Place them in a brightly colored
folder so you will be less likely to misplace it.
Create a simple floor plan of your new
home and begin thinking about where you will want to place furniture.
Five Weeks Prior To Moving
Four Weeks Prior To Moving
Let the post office, magazines, credit
card companies and friends and family know of your change of address. There
is a FREE handy kit offered by the Post Office for your convenience.
Contact all utilities (gas, water,
electricity, telephone, cable or satellite TV, etc...) to schedule
disconnection of services on the day of your move.
Contact all the utilities in your new
town to arrange for service the start day before your move so that you will
have service the day you arrive at your new home.
Complete any repair work on your old
Start to pack items that you rarely
use such as photographs, non-daily clothing, fancy dishes and glasses and
Three Weeks Prior To Moving
Start packing now. Mark which
room the boxes are going to go into right on the box.
Place essentials into boxes that are
labeled "Open this box first/Load this box last". When you
move into your new home this box will contain items such as alarm clocks,
bedding, pillows, towels, silverware, etc...
Obtain all medical records from you
doctor, dentist and veterinarian.
Plan your grocery shopping to include
as little as possible in the refrigerator and freezer by the time your
moving day comes. Use up all frozen items in your freezer and buy only
what is necessary for the next three weeks.
Arrange to have your new home cleaned.
Have your children's school records
transferred to the new school district.
Now is the time to have a moving sale,
if you planned on it.
Two Weeks Prior To Moving
Make arrangements to have your pets
and any house plants transported.
Meet with your bank manager to have
your account status changed.
Transfer all drug prescriptions to a
pharmacy or drug store in your new town.
Cancel all delivery services such as
Have a mechanic look over your
automobile if you are traveling by car to check all hoses, belts, tires,
One Week Prior To Moving
Cut and maintain the yard for the last
Double check with all utilities to
make sure of start and stop dates.
Pack a "Moving Kit" to
include necessary items that are not to go into the moving van such as:
medications, checkbook, cash or travelers checks, first aid kit, paper
plates, car games, light bulbs, flashlight, toilet paper, pet food, baby
items, canned goods, plastic silverware, can opener, snacks, bottled water,
styrofoam cups, towels, wash cloths, identification, credit cards,
batteries, keys for both old and new home, fuses, screwdriver, pliers,
wrench and hammer.
Arrange for a baby sitter to watch
your young children on moving day since you will be very occupied.
Pay any outstanding bills.
A Day Or Two Prior To Moving
Clean and disinfect
Empty safe deposit box.
Give the moving company your cellular
phone number so that contact can be made while in transit.
Leave the occupants of your old home
your forwarding address and phone number.
Review all details and paperwork with
the movers. Accompany the van operator to take inventory of your
Give the home a final cleaning or
arranged to have it cleaned after the moving company leaves.
Move In Day
If you arrive before the movers do,
unpack your car and give the home a quick clean up.
Check to make sure all utilities have
been connected and follow up with any that are still off or have been shut
Have all pets placed in a room that is
"out of the way" of the movers.
Be prepared to pay the moving van
Have someone, or yourself, check the
inventory sheets as the items are being unloaded. Someone else should
direct the movers where to place the items being unloaded.