4 – 6 Weeks before your move
• Deciding on a moving company is a first priority; get estimates from moving companies. End of the month is a busy time for moving companies.
• Movers charge by the size of the load; ask for moving companies to come to your home so they can more accurately evaluate the cost to move your belongings.
• If you are going to be moving some of your belongings yourself, call a moving vehicle rental company to get their rates and reserve a truck for your big day.
• Check with your insurance company to make sure the items you are moving will be covered. Consider getting the moving protection plan offered by your moving company.
• Do an inventory of high ticket items and video or photograph these items. Note existing scratches, dings, or damage.
• Start a binder with to do notes
• Use up the food in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and try to refrain from stocking up. Can goods in particular are heavy and cost to move is more than their value. Consider donating to a food bank any unused can goods.
• Have a plan for packing and start the process; time quickly slips away. Find a staging area for your packed boxes; garages are a good choice.
• Start going through your belongings and deciding what will be moved, sold or donated. Have a garage sale or sell your items online.
• Start a box for your valuables, jewelry, and important documents. Keep this box with you during your move.
• If you are moving to a new area, research banks, doctors, and schools, and start to gather paperwork you will need in your new location.
3 – 4 Weeks before your move
• Change your address with the post office, credit card companies, banks and magazine subscriptions.
• Schedule transfer or disconnect date for utilities. Typically the seller pays for utilities through the day of closing/move out.
• Schedule the connect day for utilities to be turned on or transferred into your name in your new residence.
• Transfer or get copies of medical and dental records for everyone in your family. Ask for referrals for healthcare providers in the area you will be moving to.
• If you have children, get copies of school transcript records
• Don’t forget about your pets; get copies of the records from your veterinarian.
• Make any travel arrangements or special arrangements for any children or pets.
2 – 3 Weeks prior to the move
• Create an Open First box that will contain items that you will need right away, such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, cups and plates, scissors and snacks.
• Confirm your reservation with the moving company or rental truck companies.
• Send out change of address notifications to the friends, relatives and business associates.
• Schedule cleaners for move out cleaning and move in cleaning for new home if moving locally. If moving out of the area, include a cleaning stipulation in the contract.
1 Week prior to the move
• Transfer your prescriptions/get refills
• Make sure you have bottles of water and snacks for moving day, as everything will be packed.
• Cancel newspapers
• Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.
1 Day prior to the move
• Have all family members pack a suitcase with personal items, medications and clothing you will need immediately.
• Withdraw cash to tip the movers and for any other expenses you may need for any unexpected expenses on moving day.
• If you hired a moving company, supervise the movers. If you are moving yourself, communicate the plan for loading the rental truck to all who are helping you.
• Take a last look around to see that nothing is left behind
• Leave a forwarding address and phone number with the new homeowners
1 Week after the move
• Make sure your mail is being delivered properly.
• Change your automobile registration and driver’s license