Pre Planned Moving

Moving is stressful and time-consuming. Planning ahead of time can save you headaches, backaches, and money.

1 month before moving

  • File a change of address form with the Post Office.
  • Notify automated billing services (Netflix, Amazon, magazines, credit card companies, etc) of your new address.
  • Retrieve your family’s medical records and search for new doctors & dentists around your new home.
  • Go through old items: what can be sold, discarded or donated to charity?
  • Notify the local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off or on as needed.
  • Notify your children’s schools or any other organizations of your impending move.

3 weeks

  • Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine where the biggest items will go. This will save you time when you arrive.
  • Make arrangements to move your plants and pets.
  • Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box, if you have one.
  • Check your homeowner’s policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
  • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.
  • Make sure you have plenty of supplies: boxes, tape, etc.

2 weeks

  • If shipping an automobile, top off fluids like oil and antifreeze, but leave the gas tank only half-full.
  • Plan your travel arrangements to your new location: who’s driving? When are they getting there?
  • Properly dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids and aerosol cans.
  • Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up and lawn service.
  • Begin lining up help: are your friends or family helping you move?

1 week

  • Arrange for the payment of your driver at destination. Unless your employer is paying, be sure to have enough available cash, credit, or debit.
  • Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination.
  • Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
  • Use up all frozen foods or give them away.

The day before

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you, or have your driver load it last and unload it first.
  • This is usually the day packing is done; if you’re having someone else pack for you, double-check that everything is ready to go.
  • Color-coordinate the boxes with the particular room they belong.
  • Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator.

Moving Day

  • Plan to be at your current home when the driver arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. I
  • Check the condition of your items as they are unloaded.
  • Make a final round of your home/property and verify that nothing has been overlooked.
  • Lock all doors and windows and turn off all switches at your previous location.

Moving in…

  • If possible, arrive at your new home a day early to make sure utilities are connected and everything is up and running.
  • Plan the placement of major items in/around your home.
  • Be on hand to pay the driver prior to the unloading of your goods.
  • After everything is unpacked, take a break. You deserve it!

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