Moving Checklist

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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.

Moving day

  • 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.

Move-in day

  • 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.



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