Where to Start Before you Move? Moving can be difficult and stressful. Utilize this checklist to help make the transition from house to home as smooth as possible.
- Provide the post office with your forwarding address 2-4 weeks before the move.
- Notify your bank and credit card companies of your change of address.
- Arrange to disconnect utilities and have them connected at your new home.
- Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified about your move.
- Cancel the newspaper, or change the address so it will arrive at your new home.
- Check insurance coverage for the items you’re moving. Usually movers only cover what they pack.
- Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most, such as toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.
- Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable.
- Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
Plus, if you’re moving out of town, be sure to:
- Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
- Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
- Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood.
- Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold weather.
- Empty your safety deposit box.
- Let a friend or relative know your route.
- Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.