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Moving requires extensive planning, teamwork and understanding. The experience does not have to be traumatic. It can be rewarding and meaningful. Here are some suggestions to help you organize for a smooth move.
One Week Before Moving
- Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation and hotel reservations in advance.
- Send change of address to: Post office (give forwarding address), charge accounts and credit cards, subscriptions (change notice requires several weeks), and friends and relatives.
- Contact cable, electric, internet and telephone and propane companies in new location to arrange for immediate service.
- Arrange insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property.
- Arrange for your present bank to establish transfers for new bank accounts.
- Service appliances before moving.
- Clean rugs and have them wrapped.
- Discontinue deliveries, electricity, propane, telephone and internet, security services, bottled water, newspapers, etc.
- Obtain copies or transfer your children’s school records.
- Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental X-rays, and vaccinations.
- Cancel club memberships.
- Transfer car title registration, if necessary, as well as driver’s license, and motor club membership.
- Pay existing bills and cancel local charge accounts.
- Check on personal items that may be at the photo shop, bank safety deposit box, neighbor’s house, on lay-a-way, at the dry cleaners or in the repair shop (e.g., shoes, jewelry, small appliances or clothing).
- Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records from the vet.
- Return all library books and anything borrowed from friends.
- Notify your religious community.
- Carry some cash and traveler’s checks for quick, available funds.
- Plan for special care and needs of infants and small children.
- Arrange for transporting plants.
- Service the car for the trip.
- Review moving plans with your moving company representative, including insurance for packing and unpacking, arrival date, payment agreement, shipping papers, etc.
- Clean and air out your stove.
- Defrost refrigerator and freezer 24 hours before leaving.
- Place charcoal or baking soda inside refrigerator and freezer to dispel odors.
- Dispose of all open cans and jars that cannot be tightly sealed.
- Remember to pack your telephone directory for future reference.
Here are items you may need immediately upon arriving at your new home:
- Soap powder
- Kitchen cleanser
- Dish towels
- Paper towels
- Dish cloth
- Steel wool pads
- Window cleaner
- Scrub brush
- Paper plates, cups, napkins
- Plastic knives, forks, spoons
- Plastic pitcher for drinks
- Small saucepan
- Serving spoons
- Tea kettle
- Facial tissue
- Toilet tissue
- Bath towel
- Shower curtain
- Face cloth
- Bath soap
- First aid kit
- Pain medication and prescription medicine
- Prescription medicine
- Light bulbs
- Hammer, screwdriver, pliers
- Aluminum foil
- Shelf paper
- Trash bags
- Coloring books and crayons
- Favorite toys
- Reading materials
- Small surprise gift
- Easy-open cans of pudding
- Sandwich spreads
- Jars of cheese
- Packages of crackers
- Instant creamer, sugar, salt
- Dry soup mix
- Boxes of dry cereal, raisins
- Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
- Fresh fruit
- Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative.
On Your Moving Day
- Carry all currency, jewelry, and personal papers (birth certificates, deeds, and documents).
- Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.
- Confirm hotel reservations.
- Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your lawyer or Sales Associate.