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Moving Checklist
Print a copy of this checklist to use in your preparation of relocating to another city.
 8 Weeks Prior to Move
Start a file for records or receipts that may be needed later for your taxes.
Get estimates for moving companies and/or truck rental.
Check for availability and ask about insurance.
Don't forget your car if it requires shipment.
Obtain a reference from your current landlord.
Investigate schools and childcare facilities of your new locality.
 7 Weeks Prior to Move
Give your new address to your health professionals.
Get relevant referrals.
Investigate moving needs for any pets and arrange a check-up for them.
 6 Weeks Prior to Move
Decide what to take, what to store and what to give to charity.
Cancel, transfer, or sell club memberships.
Investigate car insurance premiums for your new area.
Investigate storage options if required, and collect boxes for packing.
 5 Weeks Prior to Move
Give notice to your current landlord or agent.
Organize a garage sale or sell your items on eBay.
Contact charities for pick-up of donated items.
Start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be tax deductible).
Review your relocation package if you have one, and determine what expenses will be paid by your company.
 4 Weeks Prior to Move
Party time! Organize a BBQ to use up perishables.
Arrange transfer of school records.
Decide how pets will be moved.
Notify businesses, clubs, organizations and friends.
Remember e-mail contacts.
Get written estimates from moving companies, including their written commitment of pickup and delivery dates. Get references.
Check the limits of insurance they offer, and if it covers replacement cost. Purchase additional insurance if necessary.
Arrange for storage facility, if you plan to store any contents. Again, check insurance.
Arrange transport service for pets or automobiles if needed.
Contact your bank and arrange transfer of your accounts; order checks with new address; clean out your safety deposit box.
Submit change-of-address forms to the post office; mail postcards to friends & creditors.
Give day care center proper notice of withdrawal.
Contact schools and arrange for transfer of student records.
Contact your doctors for medical records and possible referrals to new physicians.
 3 Weeks Prior to Move
Organize new homes for your plants if need be.
Pre-book utility connections if required.
Give a forwarding address to old employer, lawyer, accountant, etc.
Service your car, especially if you are driving to your new home.
Get hotel reservations if traveling a long way or if your new home is not ready.
Organize all important documents in a fire-safe box.
Some things you want to include are school records, home purchase/sale papers, will, marriage/divorce papers, pet documents, financial records, stock certificates, social security cards, birth certificates, and passports.
Give notice of resignation to any clubs, organizations or volunteer activities you belong to.
Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
Arrange for hotels, rental cars or temporary housing as needed.
 2 Weeks Prior to Move
If you're moving into or out of a high rise, reserve an elevator with the landlord.
Schedule a babysitter for young children on moving day so you can focus on the move.
Close or transfer bank accounts, and get travelers checks if needed. Empty any safety deposit boxes.
Ensure you have cash for the moving day.
Arrange to forward your mail to your new address.
Cancel Post Office Box accounts.
Notify insurance and credit card companies of your move.
Take a ruthless walk-through to determine what you really want to take.
Tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale; or call a charity for pick-up.
Clean out club, gym and school lockers; pick up all dry cleaning.
Arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities.
Have measurements taken of the rooms in your new residence and use floorplans to determine where everything will go.
Begin packing less-used items. Number and label each box, and keep an inventory. For more valuable information, see our packing checklist.
Retrieve and return all borrowed items from neighbors & friends; return library books.
Clean out the cupboards & plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don't need, and don't buy any more perishables than you have to.
 1 Week Prior to Move
Arrange for house cleaning after you move.
Make charity donations as planned previously.
Back up computer files before dissembling and packing your system.
Contact utilities to cancel or transfer accounts after your moving date, and confirm utilities will be on at your new place before you arrive.
Confirm your travel plans (flights, hotels, rental cars, etc).
Arrange rental truck if needed.
Make an inventory list of all items going with you personally.
Keep valuable and irreplaceable items such as jewelry and heirlooms with you, not movers.
Confirm arrangements and dates with moving & storage companies.
Confirm arrangements with auto & pet transportation companies.
Confirm hotel, rental car or temporary housing accommodations.
Clean out and defrost the deep freezer.
Disassemble furniture or other items.
Be sure to check yard and sheds for all items to pack.
Inform all friends & relatives of your forwarding address.
If your phone service won't be instantaneous, arrange for a temporary voice mailbox; some long distance providers such as Sprint and MCI offer 1-800 voice mail numbers.
Take pictures of furniture or get fabric samples for anything you will want to reference for color or decorating before your goods are delivered to your new home.
Set aside a box of cleaning supplies and the vaccuum cleaner.
Begin making a "Survival Box" for the move.
This should include paper, pens, stamps, envelopes, cellophane & heavy duty tape, scissors, tape measure, paper cups, ziplock bags, paper plates & towels, plastic utensils, facial & toilet tissue, instant coffee or tea, cream/sugar, soap, moist towelettes, aspirin, bandaids, can opener, bottled water, travel alarm, flashlight, small tools kit, trash bags, snacks or drinks, children's games, address book, spare car keys, phone books for the city you are leaving and your destination.
 1-2 Days Prior to Move
De-frost & clean your refrigerator and freezer; clean your stove.
Purchase traveler's checks for trip expenses.
Reconcile and close bank accounts, unless you will be using another branch of the same bank.
Conclude financial matters relating to the sale or lease of your home.
Movers or your family should complete packing of all household goods for the move. Make sure are boxes are clearly marked.
 Moving Day
If moving yourself, pick up the rental truck.
If employing a moving company, confirm your new address, directions, and delivery date with the moving company.
Carefully supervise the move. Make sure boxes are clearly marked and your instructions are understood.
Clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving.
Do a final check of cupboards, drawers, etc.
Turn off lights, appliances and hot water system.
Lock doors and windows.
Leave forwarding address, garage door openers and any keys for the new owners, renters or landlord if applicable.
If your home is going to be vacant when you leave, make sure a relative, neighbor or real estate agent has the keys and how to contact you. Also, notify your insurance agent and police department that the home will be empty.
 Arrival Day
Check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly.
Let family members or friends know you have arrived safely.
Check in with your employer and real estate agent to confirm itineraries.
Supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes.
Begin unpacking necessary basics first - basic kitchen utensils, bath toiletries, etc.
Give the kids a job to do - let them start on their rooms.
Usually, the kitchen and the kids rooms are the best to set up first, as it helps them feel at home.
Go over the Bill of Lading from the moving company very carefully before signing; check for damaged items first, as this is usually binding once signed.
Update car registration and driver's license.
Now relax, order dinner out, and take a long hot bath....you deserve it!