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Checklist for Moving - 8 Weeks before the Move:
Check your credit rating. If renting your new home, try to obtain
a current credit report to give to potential landlords. If purchasing
a home, please check on your credit report to make sure there are
Look into getting moving and/or storage insurance to cover your
items during the move.
Get estimates from moving companies. Try to shop around as much
as possible to get the best rate.
When self moving, use various Internet services to choose a rental
truck to use. Be sure to reserve it well in advance since reservations
fill up quickly at certain times of the year.
If you have pets , check on possible quarantine and/or vaccination
requirements for your pet, especially if you are moving out of state
If you have small children, be sure to research childcare options
in your new area.
Assess the quality of school districts in your new area. Use various
Internet services to compare schools.
When moving Overseas, make sure your passport is current and valid.
If you don't have one, be sure to get one well in advance. Also
contact the consulate for the country you are moving to, insure
that you have all proper paperwork prepared and available and obtain
a visa if you will need one. You can talk to a consulate about the
steps necessary to obtain one.
Checklist for Moving - 7 Weeks before Move:
Make a Moving File to store receipts, records, and important papers
related to your move.
Begin removing unwanted or unneeded items from your attic, garage,
basement, or storage.
Check to make sure you have returned all borrowed items including
video rentals and library books.
Gather important documents (birth certificates, immunization records,
insurance documents, etc…) and place them in a briefcase,
strongbox, or other secure place to insure that they do not get
misplaced during the move.
If you're using a mover, get in touch with a moving company and
set a date for the move. Fill out any necessary paperwork, and be
sure to get moving insurance if you need it.
If moving Overseas, be sure to research the customs and laws of
the country you are moving to. If you haven't been there, try to
visit before you move.
Checklist for Moving - 6 Weeks before Move:
Update your car registration and driver's license with your state's
motor vehicle department. You may also need to notify your auto
Make item donations. Remember to collect receipts for tax purposes.
Sell your old and unwanted stuff on various Internet services or
hold a garage sale before you pack.
Notify your dentist and doctor of your move and ask for referrals.
Be sure your insurance covers the doctor/dentist in your new area.
Forward or cancel any monthly services, subscriptions or memberships.
If you have pets, make sure you have transportation arrangements
for your pet. Buy a carrier on various Internet services. Also notify
your veterinarian of your move. Obtain any records for your pet
and ask for a referral.
For your kids, select a school for your children and arrange to
transfer immunization records and transcripts. Try to visit the
school before deciding, if this is possible.
Research the financial situation your new country. Open a new bank
account and change your currency if necessary.
Checklist for Moving - 5 Weeks before Move:
Make reservations for a room at a local motel for the night before
moving day. This is the best way to make sure you can get a good
night's rest and a shower while all your things are packed up. Use
various Internet services to make reservations online!
Contact utilities to cancel or transfer accounts.
Overseas: Research driving laws in your new country. You may need
to apply for a foreign driving permit.
Overseas: Make sure you have current vaccination records. Make sure
you receive recommended vaccinations for the country you will be
Overseas: Research insurance options in your new country. Your US
insurance may or may not be valid after you move and you may need
to buy new insurance in your new country.
Checklist for Moving - 4 Weeks before Move:
Fill out an official change of address with the USPS.
Notify all important business and personal contacts of your new
address. Fill out changes of address for creditors and magazine
Leave a forwarding address with the next tenants of your home if
Self-Move: Buy boxes and packing materials.
Checklist for Moving - 3 Weeks before Move:
Start packing. Begin with rooms of the house you don't use as much
and finish with the kitchen. Choose a room of the house to serve
as a temporary storage area for packed boxes. Check out our How
to Pack section for tips on how to pack like a professional!
Check if the moving company you choose has storage options for those
items you cannot move immediately and may need to store temporarily
or use various Internet services
Make an inventory of important and/or expensive items in your home
as you pack. Try to take photographs of these items if possible.
You may need this inventory for insurance purposes in case items
get lost or damaged in the move.
Kids: Start involving your kids in the move. Make it exciting by
having your kids pack some of their own things, and letting them
figure out new layouts for their rooms.
Kids: If you have young children, arrange for a babysitter on moving
day. You can concentrate on the move knowing your kids are watched
and safely out of the way.
Checklist for Moving - 2 Weeks before Move:
If you live in a high-rise apartment, be sure to reserve an elevator
for the day of your move.
Close any local bank accounts and open new ones in your new location.
Try to get checks printed with your new address as soon as possible.
Drain gas from any gas powered equipment before you pack it up.
Try to make disposal arrangements for any oil, gas, or other hazardous
substances you will not be able to move, use or throw away.
Checklist for Moving - 1 Weeks before Move:
Make backup copies of important files on your computer before packing
Service your car, especially if you're traveling to your new place
by car. See various Internet services for tools, services, and advice.
Have a party to use up perishable food items, beverages, and alcohol.
Donate food items you don't consume to a shelter or food bank.
Confirm any travel plans or reservations you may have made for moving
day (flights, hotel, rental cars, etc).
Using a Mover: Confirm arrangements with your moving company.
Pets: Pack a travel case for your pet
Checklist for Moving - Moving Week:
Be sure to have some cash on hand for the day of the move. You
may need it to tip movers, buy snacks, etc… If you are moving
out-of-state, keep in mind that many businesses do not take out-of-state
Begin cleaning your house. Make sure you defrost your refrigerator
Do a final walk-through of your old residence, checking closets,
drawers, etc. Turn off all lights, lock all doors and windows, and
leave keys with your old property manager if applicable.
Self-Move: Pick up your rental truck and any moving equipment you
may need (dollies, carts, furniture pads, etc…)
Pets: Keep your pet confined on the day of the move. Make sure they
are in a safe place away from the hubbub of the move with plenty
of food and water. Consider taking a dog or cat to the kennel for
Pets: Introduce your pet to your new home slowly. Be sure they won't
be able to run back to the old house for the first few days.
Have you doubled checked everything?
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