Four Weeks Before Moving
- Begin consuming foods and using cleaning supplies that will not be moved.
- Obtain copies of dental and medical records.
- Reserve a mover or rental truck.
- Purchase moving supplies, such as packing tape, boxes and bubble wrap.
- Obtain children’s school transcripts and check registration for enrollment procedures.
- Create a file folder for moving paperwork, including receipts and estimates.
Three Weeks Before Moving
- Hold a garage sale.
- Donate unwanted household items to local charity organizations.
- Verify loan requirements.
Two Weeks Before Moving
- Service your vehicles in preparation for the move.
- Obtain veterinary records and update pet tags and licenses with new address.
- Pick up your laundry, return rental items and retrieve any loaned items.
One Week Before Moving
- Discontinue the newspaper and other delivery services.
- Reconfirm moving and delivery dates with your mover or rental agency.
- Notify the post office and send change of address cards to friends, subscription services and creditors.
- Schedule utilities, cable TV, Internet, and phone services to be disconnected.
Two Days Before Moving
- Create a file folder of important information including a forwarding address for the new owner of your home.
- Conclude financial matters involving the sale of your home.
- Set aside items you’ll need upon arrival: towels, soap, dishes, bedding, etc.
One Day Before Moving
- Begin dismantling all large furniture.
- Disconnect major appliances.
- Defrost the refrigerator and freezer, leaving both doors open.
- Schedule utilities, cable TV, Internet, and phone services to be connected to new home.
- Supervise movers.
- Check exterior for remaining items. Don’t forget wind chimes, children and pet toys!
- Leave keys and garage door transmitters for new owners.
Pack Like A Pro!
- Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical.
- Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.
- Don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it.
- Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils.
- Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you.
- Use the right box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage.
- Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to lift. Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible.
- Don’t over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break.
- Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes.
- Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what’s there.
- Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
- Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, driver’s name and van number. Also keep your address book handy.
- Back up your computer files before moving your computer.
- Remember, most movers won’t take plants.
- Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.