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Moving Checklist

Two Months Before

  1. Sort and de­clutter. Start making an inventory list and rid yourself of anything you have no need for.
  2. Research. Start investigating moving company options.
  3. Create a moving binder. Use this binder to keep track of everything—all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory list of all the items you’re moving.
  4. Organize school records. Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.


Six Weeks Before

  1. Order supplies. If you are packing by yourself, order boxes and other packing supplies such as tape, protective wrapping, and permanent markers.
  2. Use it or lose it. Make sure to use up frozen food and anything else that can go bad.
  3. Take measurements. Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.


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One Month Before

  1. Choose your mover and book the moving date. Once you choose the movers you want, get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
  2. Begin packing. Start packing the things that you use most rarely. While packing, note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company.
  3. Label. Pack your belongings one room at a time and label the boxes accordingly. Don’t forget to pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right after the move.
  4. Separate valuables. Valuables such as jewelry and important files should go into a separate box which you will transport personally.
  5. Do a change of address. You can do this at your local post office or on the USPS website.
  6. Notify important parties. Alert the following of your move: credit card, insurance, and utility companies, you bank, the HR department at work, any newspaper or other subscriptions you might have.
  7. Forward medical records. Ask for referrals and arrange for your medical records and those of your family members to be forwarded to your new health­care facility


Two Weeks Before

  1. Take a day off from work on moving day. Make it clear to your employer when you are relocating and that you need the day off to supervise the move.
  2. Tune up your vehicle. Take your car to a mechanic and check if there are any modification or repairs that need to be done before the trip to your new home.
  3. Clean out your safe­deposit box. Plan on relocating the contents of your safety­deposit box to a bank at your new location.
  4. Contact the moving company. Re­confirm the arrangements you made with the movers.


One Week Before

  1. Refill prescriptions. Make sure that you secure sufficient quantities of medicine and prescriptions for the first couple of weeks.
  2. Pack your suitcases. Plan to finish most of your packing several days before the moving day.


A Few Days Before

  1. Defrost the freezer. Make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
  2. Double­check the details. Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the staff. Include contact information, such as your cell phone number.
  3. Plan for the payment. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.


Moving Day

  1. Verify. Confirm that the moving truck that arrives at your new location is the one you hired. Check the USDOT number painted on its side and the information usually found on the truck itself.
  2. Take inventory. Sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy for yourself.


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