Moving Checklist

Moving Tips - 8 Weeks Before

  • Create a file or folder to keep track of the estimates, receipts and other important information you gather as you prepare to move.
  • Check for tax deductions. Some of the expenses associated with moving may actually be tax breaks.
  • Calculate and creat a budget for your moving expenses. You may be surprised to see how much it costs.
  • Start looking into your new community. The Internet is a great resource for finding online community guides and newspapers.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce to request their new resident packet. These usually have money saving coupons as well as a directory of local businesses.
  • Start deciding which use each room of your new home will serve. This will make it much easier to unpack if you already know where everything is going.

Moving Tips - 7 Weeks Before

  • Start gathering medical and dental records - especially prescriptions and shot records. Your doctors should be able to refer you to a care provider in your new city.
  • Make sure your childs record will be transferred to their new school district and/or daycare.
  • Make copies of any legal and financial records you need. Just in case that's the box that gets lost.
  • If you have a pet, make sure you get a copy of your pets records from your vet.
  • Check on insurance rates in your new area.
  • If you have memberships to local clubs, ask how to move, sell, or end your membership.

Moving Tips - 6 Weeks Before

  • Make a list of your priceless, irreplaceable items. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you.
  • Let all of your friends, family, and business contacts that you are moving.
  • The best way to reduce moving expenses, is to move less. Start sorting the things you no longer need and plan for a garage sale.
  • Use up your perishable items, such as dairy products and frozen food.

Moving Tips - 5 Weeks Before

  • Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies.
  • Begin packing items you don't use often. And seperate your garage sale items
  • Try to set a "move date". Many companies offer lower rates Tuesdays through Thursdays and during the first three weeks of the month.
  • Plan for storage at your new home if you think you will need it.

Moving Tips - 4 Weeks Before

  • Don't forget to file a change of address with the postal service. If you don't know your new address yet, just ask them to hold your mail at the new post office.
  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. If you have deposits with the water, electric, or gas company, request your refund.
  • If you have pets, make sure you know how they will get to your new home. Don't forget Fido!
  • Advertise and have your garage sale. The local newspaper is the best way to advertise a garage sale.

Moving Tips - 3 Weeks Before

  • Make sure all items that you have rented or loaned out are returned to their rightful owner.
  • Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons. Make sure you follow any local ordinances, and don't mix chemicals!
  • Have your car or truck serviced. It won't make the move any easier if you have car troubles on move day.
  • Get the paperwork to transfer the registration on your vehicles to the new address.

Moving Tips - 2 Weeks Before

  • Contact your local bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Don't forget about safety deposit boxes!
  • Make sure all of your ducks are in a row as far as travel arrangements for family and pets.
  • Notify any creditors of your move, if you don't it may hurt your credit if your forwarded mail gets lost.
  • Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.

Moving Tips - 1 Week Before

  • Let friends and family know about your new address and phone number.
  • Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box. Make sure the things you use most, go on the truck last, so they can come off first.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day. Prepare all appliances for loading.
  • Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks.
  • Make sure you have a babysitter for moving day. Children who are underfoot are more likely to be hurt and will without a doubt raise your stress level.

Moving-Out Checklist

  • Personally supervise hired labor. You are ultimately responsible for how your goods are packed and loaded.
  • Load your goods in a pre-designated order.
  • Check every room, closet and cabinet one last time. If you forget your kids favorite toy, you will have a very long drive to pick it up.
  • Read your utility meters. Very good info to have in case your old home's new tenants forget to have the utilities changed to their name.
  • Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any mail that the post office misses.
  • Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.

Moving-In Checklist

  • You are likely to arrive at your new home ahead of your shipment. Take this time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected.
  • Check appliances and systems to ensure all are working properly, and arrange for repairs if necessary.
  • Verify that your mail is being delivered to your new address and pick up any mail being held.
  • Decide where you want furniture and appliances placed.

After-the-Move Checklist

  • Keep your move file and store it in a safe place. You'll be glad to have everything in one place at tax time.
  • Get a new driver's license and new tags for your automobile.
  • Register to vote.
  • Contact the local paper for a new subscription.
  • Enjoy your new home!