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MOVING CHECKLIST… Moving Date:______________
Thorough planning is the key to an easy move. With so many decisions to make, and details to remember, this checklist will help you to get organized initially…and stay organized throughout your move. Experience tells us most moves take 8 to 10 weeks from start to finish, so start early. In fact, start your planning now. Today! This chart is organized to spread your pre-move activities over eight weeks. Begin by writing your anticipated moving date at the top of this page and work down through the chart, dating each week appropriately.
Call for estimates from 3 professional movers.
Draw a floor plan of your new home to figure where to place your furniture.
Call the Chamber of Commerce in your new town for their “Residential Information Packet”.
Inventory all possessions now. Decide what to move, sell, replace or donate to charity.
Complete US Postal change of address forms, mail to media, stores, organizations.
Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting, and veterinarian records.
Make arrangements for record transfers between schools on both ends of the move.
Ask tax advisor to review your potential moving related tax deductions and potential tax liability.
Itemize moving related costs with mover including packing, loading, special charges, valuation, etc.
Repair, send out for re-upholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as necessary.
Advertise a garage/yard/tag sale to dispose of unneeded furniture, accessories, clothes, etc.
If a professional mover is packing your goods, schedule packing day(s) 1 or 2 days before the move.
If you move yourself, order adequate boxes, packing materials, tape now.
Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if you will need it.
Make travel arrangements for pets, including necessary medical records, immunizations, etc.
Assemble sufficient supply of packing materials, equipment.
Pack items you won’t use immediately or that will go into storage.
Contact utilities on both ends of the move, order termination or turn-on for occupancy date
Confirm final travel arrangements for family and pets.
Prepare auto(s) for trip to new home. Check tires and have car(s) serviced before the move.
Terminate newspaper and other delivery services.
Conform new bank accounts by phone and FAX.
Schedule an appliance service firm for moving day to prepare major appliance for the move.
Gather important papers, records, valuables for protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box
Notify friends and neighbors of new address, (and phone number if possible).
Make plans for young children to be cared for on moving day.
Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
Plan simple meals for moving day (or take out food) to avoid using the refrigerator.
Pick up cash for your trip and a certified check for the mover’s invoice.
Pack items that you will need to take with you including valuables, financial records, and personal papers.
Pack signed Bill of Lading and inventory where they can be easily reached at your destination.
Carefully mark LAST BOX PACKED-FIRST BOX UNPACKED containing tools, shades, etc.
Give the mover a telephone number and address where you can be reached in your new town.
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