Six weeks prior to move
- Contact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by looking in the Military Buyer’s Guide of this publication.
- Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move best for your circumstances.
- Determine employer-covered expenses.
Four weeks prior to move
- Check the preregistration procedures to enroll children in school. Get children’s transcripts, textbook list and a copy of their current school’s grading system. Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student’s achievement level, interests and any unusual courses taken.
- Request that copies of all family members’ medical and dental records and birth certificates be sent to your new home. Don’t forget your pets’ veterinary records.
- Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies.
- Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of unwanted items through charities — get receipts for tax purposes.
Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.
Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home, furnishings and automobile.
Three weeks prior to move
- Arrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers, laundry, phone and cable television disconnected. Check on deposits. Set up connections at your new home.
- Make travel arrangements.
Two weeks prior to move
- Handle bills, stocks, investments and banking transfers.
- Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states prohibit certain plants, so research before you move.
- Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.
One week prior to move
- Discontinue delivery services such as the newspapers.
- Clean and sort items in the garage and attic.
- Clean out your safety deposit box and place all valuables and documents together. If the items can’t be replaced, carry them with you.
Two days prior to move
- Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.
- Arrange for cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses and payment to the mover upon delivery.
- Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw savings.
- Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or sale of your home.
- Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need immediately upon arrival — a few dishes, pots and pans, towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet paper.
- Leave a forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.
- Confirm your delivery date with your mover and provide directions to your new residence as well as primary and secondary contact numbers or email addresses.
- Pay close attention to the mover’s paperwork. You will need to sign it upon completion of loading and then unloading at your new residence.
- Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions are understood. Review any damage to your belongings noted by the moving foreman or supervisor.
- Double-check your residence for forgotten items before leaving.
- Clear and mark paths to all rooms to help the movers place the boxes.
- Supervise unloading.
- Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.
- Review paperwork carefully to make sure all your belongings arrived.