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One Month Before Moving

  • Pick up a Change-of-Address Kit from the Post Office and fill out:

    • Friends and family

    • Banks

    • Insurance companies

    • Credit card companies

    • Magazines and newspapers - cancel local newspaper delivery

    • Doctors, dentists and other providers - transfer drug prescriptions

    • Past employer - for W2 forms

  • Take a look around the house. Start to think about what you don't want to take with you.

    • Use up perishable foods

    • Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items

  • Prepare a list of what you want to move.

    • Large appliances?

    • Outside furniture?

  • For full service moves:

    • Get written estimates from several moving companies

    • Will the movers pack for you?

    • What items won't they move?

    • Get appraisals of high-value items in case of future claims

  • For do-it-yourself moves, make arrangements for truck rental and moving help, and buy packing supplies:

    • Boxes

    • Packing and masking tape

    • Markers

    • Newspapers

    • Twine

  • Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly as to contents and room to be placed in. Mark "Open First" clearly on boxes containing important items to be unpacked first:

    • Dishes

    • Pots and pans

    • Alarm clock

    • Bedding

    • Special toys

    • Towels

    • Lightbulbs

    • Plates

    • Tools - hammer, pliers, wrench

  • Stop by and make arrangements for picking up your important records:

    • Birth

    • Doctor

    • Dentist

    • Legal

    • Optician, optometrist

    • School-make sure you get one with a raised seal

    • Veterinarian

  • Close out your bank accounts:

    • Checking

    • Savings

    • Safe Deposit Box

  • Start a new bank account in your new town.

    • Transfer account from current bank?

  • Contact your child's new school and notify them of your upcoming move to their area.

  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new town. Request a relocation package.

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Pack your vital documents in one place:

    • Passports

    • Military records

    • Mortgage records

    • Marriage license

    • Birth certificates

    • Vehicle titles

    • Stock certificates

    • Insurance papers

    • Bank records

    • School records

    • Medical records

    • Tax records

  • Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds for any deposits made. Have meters read. Give new address for them to send their final bill:

    • Cable-return box if necessary

    • Gas

    • Electric

    • Internet access

    • Telephone

    • Water

  • Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new residence.

  • Make arrangements for cleaning

  • Inquire about your new state's auto licensing procedure and auto insurance rates.

  • Check with your insurance company about transferring coverage to your new home.

  • Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house on moving day.

One Week Before Moving

  • Dispose or drain any flammable items:

    • Lawn mower gas

    • Snow blower gas

    • Paint

    • Aerosol cans

  • Plan what goes in the car with you:

    • Toys and games for kids

    • Special breakable items or collections

    • Important documents and records

    • Change of clothes and toiletries for your first day

    • Vacuum cleaner - if you want to clean right away

    • Toilet paper

    • First aid kit

    • Food kit with bottled water, cereal, bananas

  • Make travel arrangements for your pets and plants.

  • Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable antiques and collections.

  • Have your car tuned up.

The Day Before Moving

  • Defrost, clean and air out your refrigerator.

  • Clean your stove.

  • Make sure you have payment ready for the mover - they will not unpack without a check. Check your moving company's payment policies.

  • Purchase traveler's checks for other possible expenses.

  • Pack your former town's phone book for future correspondence.

  • Get a simple breakfast ready for the next morning.

  • Pick up ice and beverages for moving day.

  • Take down curtains and curtain rods.

  • Get a good night's sleep!

Moving Day!

  • Strip your beds.

    • Moving company - will they disassemble?

  • Show movers around. Make sure your possessions to be moved are inventoried with them.

    • Write "subject to further inspection for concealed loss or damage" on contract when you sign to protect yourself should you find damage while unpacking.

  • Get all keys together. Put in a safe spot.

  • Make sure moving van driver has correct address, phone number and directions. Confirm delivery date with him.

  • Check all rooms one last time. Remember closets and cupboards, basement and garage! Make sure all windows and doors are locked.

Good luck! Remember - many of your moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang on to your receipts. Call the Internal Revenue Service and request Publication 521: "Tax Information On Moving Expenses" to find out which moving expenses you can deduct.

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