Planning Your Move

Your Personal Moving Checklist

Moving takes lots of time and energy, and can be a stressful experience for some people. Use this list. It will definitely help. There is no substitute for good planning. Plan ahead! "Roll with the punches" and things will go more smoothly. Try to relax and enjoy the adventure. And don’t forget to call us anytime along the way for advice and assistance!

4 To 6 Weeks Before Moving

  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved.
  • Collect everything not to be moved for garage sale or charity.
  • Contact charity for date / time of pickup. Save receipts for tax records.
  • Contact several moving companies for estimates.
  • Select mover, arrange for exact form of payment at destination (cash, check).
  • Get cartons and packing materials to start packing NOW.
  • Contact insurance agent to transfer or cancel coverage.
  • Check with employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay.
  • Check to see if your will must be re-written.

3 To 4 Weeks Before Moving

  • Notify all magazines, friends, relatives, charge accounts of change of address.
  • Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations.
  • Contact utility companies for refunds of deposit; set turnoff dates.
  • Dry clean clothes to be moved; pack in protective wrappers.
  • Collect everything you have loaned out; return everything you have borrowed.
  • Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc., that are to be moved. Drain all gas / oil to prevent fire in moving van.
  • Obtain all family records and prescriptions from doctors, optometrists, dentists.
  • Refill all necessary prescriptions.
  • Get children's school records and birth and baptismal records for all family members.
  • Transfer memberships: Church, Clubs, Civic Organizations.
  • Notify insurance companies, health, life, auto, homeowners, of change of address.
  • Check with insurance agents on coverage of life, car & household goods in route to new home.
  • Obtain legal records.
  • Check freezer and plan use of food over next 2-3 weeks.
  • Remove all jewelry & other valuables to a safe deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during move.
  • Give away or arrange for transportation of house plants (most moving companies will not move plants, especially in winter). Plants also can be sold at garage sales, or are perfect "thank you" gifts for neighbors.

1 Week Before Moving

  • Transfer or close checking and savings accounts and safe deposit boxes.
  • Arrange for cashiers check or money order to pay moving company upon arrival in new community.
  • Ask bank to recommend an affiliate in New City.
  • Have automobile serviced for trip.
  • Fill out Post Office change of address forms; give to postmaster or do online at
  • Check & make inventory of all furniture for dents & scratches; notify moving company of your inventory & compare on final day.
  • Dispose of all combustibles and spray cans (spray cans can explode or burn - don't pack them).
  • Pack a separate carton of cleaning utensils and tools (screw driver, hammer, etc.).
  • Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal / family travel.
  • Mark all boxes that you pack with the room they will be going to in new home.
  • Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to work freely.
  • Cancel all newspapers, garden service, milk delivery, etc.
  • Review the entire list to make certain that you haven't overlooked anything.
  • Check and double check everything you have done before it's too late.

Moving Day

  • Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last minute decisions must be made by you. Don't leave until after the movers have gone.
  • Hire a baby-sitter or send the children to a friend's house for the day.
  • Stay with the moving van driver to oversee inventory.
  • Tell packers and/or driver about fragile or precious items.
  • Make a final check of the entire house, basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage, every room.
  • Approve and sign the Bill of Lading. You may wish to accompany driver to weigh station.
  • Double check with the driver to make certain moving company records show the proper delivery address for your new house. Verify the delivery date/time.
  • Give driver phone numbers both here and in new community to contact you in case of a problem.
  • Get complete routing information from the driver and phone numbers so you can call the driver or company in case of emergency while in route.
  • Lock all the doors and windows. Advise your Realtor and neighbors that the house is empty.

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