Moving Checklist:

Before You Move:

  • Read stories about the moving industry, types of movers and how to avoid scams.
  • Get quotes from at least three moving companies.
  • Hire the mover with the best quote, reputation and record.
  • Determine how many packing supplies you’ll need and designate a room where you can begin to store and organize.
  • If you are being transferred by work, ask about your company’s moving policy.
  • Donate anything you don’t want to move.
  • Start planning a garage sale to reduce the amount of stuff you need to move, and earn some extra cash on the side.
  • Make a packing plan—assign everyone a task and involve the kids
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, auto insurance policies.
  • Create a designated folder for moving-related expenses where you can keep all receipts.
  • Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040 or visiting http://www.irs.gov.
  • Notify old and new schools and arrange for the transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in new schools.
  • Notify doctors and dentists of moves, and seek referrals and collect all medical, dental and school records to ensure you do not forget to obtain them at a later date; some require permission for this. Keep these in a safe place.
  • Make travel arrangements for you and your family. Be sure to arrive well before your movers’ scheduled arrival.
  • If you’re nearing a pet’s regular exam, schedule it now, and start getting recommendations for veterinarians in your new town.

Week of Your Move

  • Pack any items you have not had a chance to pack yet.
  • Call your mover and confirm your move date.
  • Confirm closing/move-in dates with your real estate agent; confirm dates with your storage company.
  • Disconnect and disassemble your computer – make sure you back up your information and files on an external memory drive.
  • Make sure all scheduled deliveries (newspaper, milk, etc.) have been cancelled or redirected to your new home.
  • Open a new banking account. Don’t close your old one until you move. If you bank online, be sure to update your address for statement delivery.
  • Get together all keys, alarm codes and garage door openers and place them in a folder so that you can be prepared to hand them over to the new owner or real estate agent.
  • Return any borrowed items.

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