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Use this helpful guide to help you stay organized and on schedule.
One Month Before Move date
A Couple Weeks Before Move Date
One Week Before Move Date
Day Before Move Date
Day of Move-Out
Day of Move-In
Month Before Move date:
  • Clean out your closets, attics, cupboards, storages, and basements to discard anything that is not of use or to give to charities.
  • Evaluate your appliances to see if they’re worth shipping. Consider the size, age, and quality.
  • Make a complete inventory of items that you will be moving. This will help to not only get accurate moving estimates but also to help you organize when unpacking.
  • Contact your post office, publications, scheduled services, and correspondents to notify them of change of address and move date.
  • Check your homeowners insurance. Any prepaid balance may be applied to your new residence. Be sure to coordinate with your insurance carrier so your new residence is covered immediately.
  • Check your savings and checking accounts; plan for transfer of deposits.
  • Plan on registering your children for school; transfer previous records.
A Couple Weeks Before Move Date:
  • Contact utility companies in your new location to start new services. Waiting for service to begin can often be costly. Contact current utility companies to confirm specific date of discontinuing service.
  • Coordinate the transfer of valuables. Check contents of your safe-deposit box and do NOT ship any valuables (such as jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, currency, stamp and coin collections).
  • Contact your current physician and dentist for referrals for your new location. Plan for the transfer of all records.
  • Contact insurance agencies to transfer insurance records and verify that current policies will cover your new location.
One Week Before Move Date:
  • Check to make sure that you have collected all your belongings from services such as dry cleaning.
  • Do NOT ship combustible or flammable items. Also, drain gas and oil from mowers, snow removal equipment, kerosene heaters, gas grills, etc.
  • Collect detailed records and receipts of your moving expenses. (transportation, lodging, meals, packing materials, etc.)
  • Take pictures of your furniture, antiques, appliances, etc. for insurance purposes.
  • Make sure to prepare an “Immediate Needs” box for last-on and first-off the moving vehicles. (This may include: bathroom and kitchen supplies, tools, bedroom linens, etc.)
  • Prepare a readily available first aid kit.
Day Before Move Date:
  • Clean refrigerator and defrost freezer.
  • It is best to keep your telephone line connected throughout your move date in case you need to make last minute phone calls to your mover, etc.
  • Be sure to have someone supervise the packing crew that typically arrives the day before.
  • In a container, pack any valuables that you plan to take with you.
  • Notify a neighbor of your moving itinerary in case of an emergency.
  • Clearly mark fragile items and its exact destination in the new location.
Day of Move-Out:
  • Turn off the water heater and any other electrical settings.
  • Search every room of the house, including the garage, basement, attic, before the moving van leaves.
  • Check the mover’s inventory to make sure it is correct and make sure you receive a copy.
  • If necessary, check the Bill of Lading for accuracy before signing. Receive a copy for your records.
Day of Move-In:
  • Make every attempt to be at your new location before your movers. Avoid waiting charges.
  • Contact utility companies to confirm service date and check appliances, furnace, and heater to make sure everything is properly working.
  • Check with mail carrier about any early mail arrivals.
  • Check the status of each household item as it is being unloaded. Make note of all missing or damaged items on inventory form.