8 Weeks Before Moving
- Begin contacting moving companies for estimates. You can easily find credible moving companies by searching on Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau.
- Contact your insurance agent about coverage of your belongings while in transit.
- Start making an inventory of your household items and all your moving expenses.
- Pull together your medical and dental records. Ask your doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new area and have them transfer your prescriptions.
6 Weeks Before Moving
- Make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses who will need to be notified of your move. Consider: Credit card companies, insurance agent/company, publication subscriptions, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies. Your local grocery store might be able to help you out. If not, The Container Store is a great resource.
- Arrange to have school records transferred to your children’s new school.
4 Weeks Before Moving
- Contact your utility companies to transfer, disconnect, or setup services. You should plan on keeping your current services through your move date and having new ones available at your new address prior to your move-in date.
- Fill out Post Office change-of-address forms.
- If necessary, make travel arrangements and schedule any hotel reservations.
3 Weeks Before Moving
- Start packing!
- Dispose of the items you’ve designated for a garage/yard sale, donation or the junk yard. Be sure to get a receipt, for income tax purposes, if you do donate any items.
- If you’re driving or moving yourself, consider having your automobile(s) fully serviced.
2 Weeks Before Moving
- Confirm travel arrangements.
- Make copies of any important documents before mailing them.
- Arrange to move your pets.
1 Week Before Moving
- Finish packing. You may want to set aside any valuable items to carry with you.
- Collect all valuables from your safety deposit box.
- Close all bank accounts, if necessary. Make sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed.
- Pick up remaining items from the dry cleaners.
- Check every room, closet, and cabinet one last time.
- Leave a note that includes your new address so the future residents can forward any stray mail.
- Defrost and dry refrigerators.
- Some moving companies can’t/won’t accepts personal checks, so make sure to have cash, cashier’s checks, travelers checks, or money orders.
After the Move
- Keep all your moving receipts in a safe location.
- Get a new driver’s license and license plate.
- Contact all close friends and relatives to let them know of your safe move.