Moving Tips

While moving is usually not an easy process, staying organized can help it go much more smoothly. We have created a time line and check list to assist you in the process.

Two months before you move:
Take inventory of your possessions. Clear out unnecessary items from the attic, basement, closets and storage areas. From there you can decide which items to keep and which items to donate or sell. Create a file for all moving papers and receipts. Now is the time to start getting estimates from moving companies. You'll also want to contact your insurance agent to find out if the move is covered, talk to your tax consultant to find out if any of the move will be tax-deductible, and arrange to have your children's school records transferred. Start using things you won't be taking with you, like cleaning supplies and frozen foods.

Six weeks before your move:
You'll want to complete a change of address card at the post office for the following: Banks, Charge Cards, Doctors and Dentists, Schools, Magazines, IRS/Social Security Administration, Insurance Broker, Stockbroker, Lawyer, etc., most importantly friends and relatives. This is also a good time to get information on public or private schools, health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location.

One month before you move:
Begin packing. Contact gas, electric, water, telephone, cable TV, trash collection and other services for final billing and disconnect in your current home, as well as connection of these services at your new location. Gather car licensing and registration documents, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial documentation. If you haven't already, notify your landlord and request a security deposit refund. Contact your insurance companies (auto, homeowner's, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home, and request a refund of unused renter's or homeowner's insurance. If you're moving out of the area, you'll also need to close current bank accounts and open them in the new location.

Three weeks before you move:
Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address. It's also time to make your travel plans and childcare arrangements for moving day.

Two weeks before you move:
Review arrangements with the moving company and arrange for special transport of pets, plants, jewelry and other delicate items. If you're planning a long trip, have your car serviced before your journey. It's also time to cancel newspaper delivery and make sure you get a copy of your pet records from the veterinarian.

One week before you move:
Complete errands by picking up drycleaning, returning library books and rented videos. Drain the gas and oil from all power equipment. Prepare detailed directions to both old and new homes for your moving company, including an itinerary with emergency numbers.

A few days before you move:
Disconnect all major appliances and defrost the refrigerator and freezer. By now you should be finished packing, including a box of "first night" items; sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, flashlight and change of clothes.

It's time - moving day!
Give the movers the directions to your new home, including emergency numbers. Be home to answer any questions your mover may have, and make sure to carefully read the bill and inventory sheet before signing it. Once you've taken any final utility meter readings, take one last look around to see if you've forgotten anything, if not, good luck in your New Home!



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