COUNTDOWN TO MOVING DAY
EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE YOU
1. Obtain a
floor plan of your new residence and decide what
household items you want to
2. Begin an inventory
of all household goods.
Solicit estimates from several moving
4. Contact your
insurance agent, and ask them about your
homeowner’s policy to determine whether
are cove when moving.
Establish a file for all moving papers and
6. Arrange to
transfer child(ren)'s school
7. Choose a
SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOU
search for good health-care professionals in
your new location.
out post-office change of address
3. Send your new
address to anyone that might need it --
insurance agents, credit card companies,
magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives,
Clean out closets and dispose of all
items that you will not be taking with
5. Hold a moving/garage
sale or donate items to
FOUR WEEKS BEFORE YOU
For self moves, reserve a
truck or trailer. Obtain necessary moving
supplies: boxes, twine, labels,
your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it
to be done one or two days before
furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or
cleaning as needed.
to use up overstocks of staple
4. Gather valuable
personal papers that you may need at your
destination location, including medical and
dental records, school records, birth
5. Make travel plans
and arrange any motel or other
THREE WEEKS BEFORE
Arrange to have utilities (gas, electric, phone,
cable, water, etc.) disconnected in your present
home, and connected at your new
3. Ready car
registration and insurance records for
4. Notify State
Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new
5. Arrange for
child care on moving day.
If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for
pickup and/or delivery dates.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Arrange to move
1. Check with
mover about moving house plants. (Some movers
will not move plants.)
Dispose of all items too dangerous to move,
3. If necessary,
have your automobile serviced and ready for the
ONE WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
1. Transfer all
enough medication to last at least two weeks.
Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at
your new destination.
arrangements to pay for your
6. Withdraw items and
close safety deposit boxes.
DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE
1. Have mover pack
your goods (unless doing it
2. Defrost and
dry refrigerators and freezers to be
3. Set aside valuable
items to carry with you including jewelry, vital
documents, money and valuable small items.
1. Be on hand to
answer questions and give directions to movers
and stay until they are
driver for inventory of your household
information on bill of lading and carefully read
the document before you sign
4. Make sure you have
your copies of the bill of lading and
5. Keep the bill
of lading until your possessions are delivered,
the charges are paid, and
6. Before the van
leaves, take one final look through the house to
make certain nothing has been left
7. Give the driver
directions to your new
8. Notify the driver
and the van line where you can be reached during
1. Be on hand to
answer any questions and give
2. You must pay
the driver before your goods can be unloaded.
This is a Federal requirement
unloading and unpacking.
Check carefully for any damaged or missing
6. Note on the
inventory any damaged boxes or obvious damage to
unboxed items before you sign anything.