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Moving Tips - 8 Weeks Before

  • Create a "move file" to keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information.
  • Check with the IRS for possible tax deductions – including moving expenses.
  • Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates.
  • Start researching your new community. The Internet is a great resource for finding online community guides and newspapers.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce to request their new resident packet.
  • Draw out a floor plan of your new home and start deciding which function each room will serve.
  • Begin planning how to move into your new home.
  • Begin researching auto shipping companies.

Moving Tips - 7 Weeks Before

  • Start compiling medical and dental records - including prescriptions and shot records.
  • Ask your doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new city.
  • Arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district and/or daycare.
  • Get copies of any legal and financial records you need.
  • Arrange for veterinarian records to be transferred.
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies for changing states.
  • Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
  • Contact health clubs or other organizations you have joined. Ask how to move, sell, or end your membership.

Moving Tips - 6 Weeks Before

  • Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you.
  • Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses to notify of your move.
  • Work your way through each room taking inventory and deciding what to donate or throw away.
  • Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities.
  • Subscribe to the newspaper in your new hometown to start learning about events and the local culture.
  • Begin using things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners.

Moving Tips - 5 Weeks Before

  • Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies.
  • Begin packing items you don't use often.
  • Also start separating and disposing of the items you've designated for a yard sale, donation or the junk yard.
  • If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
  • Start pinpointing a "move date".
  • Plan ahead for parking the moving truck or trailer.
  • Plan for short-term or long-term storage at destination if needed.

Moving Tips - 4 Weeks Before

  • File a change of address with the Postal Service.
  • If you are unsure of your new address, ask the postal service to hold your mail at their office in your new city.
  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one.
  • Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive.
  • If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the water or gas company, request your refund.
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets. Don’t forget to include necessary medical and immunization records.
  • Advertise and host your garage sale.
  • Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription

Moving Tips - 3 Weeks Before

  • Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up.
  • Also retrieve any items out on loan.
  • Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
  • Have your automobile(s) serviced.
  • Prepare auto registration to be transferred.
  • If you are moving into or out of an apartment, arrange to use the elevator on your move day.

Moving Tips - 2 Weeks Before

  • Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts.
  • Clear out safety deposit boxes. Pick up traveler's checks or cash for "on the road" expenses.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family.
  • Notify any creditors of your move.
  • Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed.
  • Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home.

Moving Tips - 1 Week Before

  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number.
  • Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box.
  • Designate several moving boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbed.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day. Prepare all appliances for loading.
  • Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks.
  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day.

Moving Day Tips

  • Load your goods in a pre-designated order, saving "last load" items for the rear of your shipment.
  • This might include your vacuum cleaner or bed sheets.
  • Check every room, closet and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded.
  • Take note of utility meter readings.
  • Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any stray mail.
  • Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and "whereabouts" in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.

Moving-In Tips

  • Take this time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected.
  • Check appliances and systems to ensure all are working properly, and arrange for repairs if necessary.
  • Verify that your mail is being delivered to your new address and pick up any mail being held.
  • Consider drawing out your new floor plan and decide where you want furniture and appliances placed.

After-the-Move Tips

  • Keep all receipts and documentation in your move file and store the file in a safe place.
  • You'll be glad to have everything in one place at tax time.
  • Get a new driver's license and new tags for your automobile.
  • Register to vote.
  • Contact the local paper for a new subscription.

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