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Relocation: Do It Right

Six Weeks Before Moving

  • Start a "Moving" file.
  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved.
  • Collect everything not to be moved for a garage sale or charitable pickup.
  • Work with your new group or hospital to select a mover.
  • Contact insurance agent to transfer/cancel insurance coverage.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce or visitor's bureau to get information on your new community.
  • Obtain a mail subscription to the newspaper of your new community to begin familiarization.
  • Start getting excited.

Four Weeks Before Moving

  • Notify all magazines of change of address.
  • Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations.
  • Contact utility companies for refund of deposit and set up a turn-off date. Keep utilities on through moving day.
  • Keep utilities on through moving day.
  • Contact realtor in new community for utility contact information and set up turn-on dates.
  • Collect anything you've loaned out!
  • Return anything you've borrowed!
  • Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc. that are to be moved in the moving van and empty of gas and oil (fire hazard in van).
  • Contact schools, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants and obtain copies of your records.
  • Make arrangements to discontinue newspaper, garbage collection and lawn/pool service.
  • Start to use up the food in your freezer.

One Week Before Moving

  • Transfer or close checking and saving accounts. Arrange for cash or money order to pay the moving company on arrival in new community.
  • Empty your safety deposit box.
  • Put all valuables and irreplaceables (photos, videos, important documents) in a suitcase to carry with you. Do not put these on the van.
  • Return rented videos and library books.
  • Pick up dry cleaning.
  • If driving, have your car serviced for the trip.
  • Fill out change of address form with your local Post Office.
  • Inventory your furniture for dents and scratches and provide to movers before and after move.
  • Pack a separate carton for cleaning materials and tools.
  • Separate cartons and luggage for the trip.
  • Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to get about freely
  • Cancel newspaper, garden service, snow removal service, etc.
  • Drain garden hoses.
  • Check and double check your list!

Two Days Before Moving

  • Defrost freezer and clean out refrigerator.
  • Have major appliances disconnected and prepared for the move.
  • Set aside the things you're taking with you so they won't get loaded in the van.
  • Confirm with moving company arrival date and time of the van.
  • Pack a box of basics for move-in day --- tools, paper, TP, cleaners, camera.

Moving Day!

  • Plan to spend the entire day at your house. There will be last minute decisions to be made.
  • Don't leave until after the movers have gone.
  • Have some bottled water and a few snacks on hand.
  • Hire a sitter or send the kids to a neighbor's for the day.
  • Contain your pets some place safe so they won't run off.
  • Stay with the moving van driver to oversee inventory.
  • Tell packers and /or driver about fragile or precious items.
  • Make a final check of the house --- all rooms, closets, cupboards, garage, yard, tool shed.
  • Be sure van driver has the proper destination address. Verify delivery date.
  • Exchange cell phone numbers with the van driver.
  • Get routing information from the driver.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, water, electric).
  • Disconnect all utilities and advise the realtor who sold your house.
  • Take your luggage and suitcase of valuables with you as you walk out the door.
  • Take the bill of lading and inventory from the movers with you.
  • Leave house and mailbox keys on the kitchen counter.
  • Lock the doors and windows behind you and advise realtor and neighbors that house is empty.
  • Spend the night somewhere local for a good rest before leaving town.


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