FOUR WEEKS AHEAD
• Obtain a change-of-address kit from
the post office and begin filling out
cards with the effective date of the
move. Fill out a change for each family
member receiving mail.
ONE WEEK AHEAD
• Have your car serviced and checked
• Arrange special transportation for
your pets and plants. Take pets to the
veterinarian for required health
certificates and rabies shots.
• Transfer your fire insurance on
house-hold goods or other insurance on
personal possessions, so that they will be
covered at your new home and enroute.
• Notify the principal of your children’s
school about your intended move
and arrange for transfer of school
records and credentials.
• Arrange for sufficient cash or travelers
checks to cover cost of moving services
and expenses until you make banking
connections. Cash or certified check is
required by the moving company. They
will not unpack the van without it.
• Contact utility and related companies
(gas, electric, oil, water, telephone,
cable TV and trash collection) for
service disconnect/connect at
your old and new addresses.
However, remember to keep phone
and utilities connected at your
current home throughout moving
• Contact insurance companies (auto,
homeowner’s or renter’s, medical
and life) to arrange for coverage in
your new location.
• Plan a garage sale to sell unneeded
items or arrange to donate them to
charity. If donating, get receipts for
possible tax deductions.
• Don’t forget to withdraw the contents
of your safe deposit box, pick up
any dry-cleaning, return library
books and rented video tapes, etc.
THREE DAYS AHEAD
• Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
Block doors open so they can’t accidentally close on pets or children.
• Have your major appliances disconnected and prepared for the move.
• Pack a box of personal items that will
be needed immediately at your new
home. Have this box loaded last or
carry it with you in your car.
• Organize and set aside those things
that you’re taking with you so that they
don’t get loaded on the van in error.
THREE WEEKS AHEAD
• Make travel arrangements and
reservations for your moving trip.
However, you may not wish to make
plane reservations for the same day
that you’re moving out.
Cancel telephone and home deliveries
• Collect important papers (insurance,
will, deeds, passport, stock, birth
• Make sure that someone is at home
to answer the van foreman’s questions.
Read your bill of lading and inventory
carefully before you sign them. Keep
these – and all related papers – in a safe
location until all charges have been paid
and all claims, if any, have been settled.
• Arrange to close accounts in your
local bank and open accounts in
your new locale.
• Leave keys for your old property with
your Realtor® or neighbors.