Moving Guide

Moving Guide for Home Buyers/Sellers:

In the Months Before Moving

  • Investigate moving options. Check rates and availability of all options. Get price quotes. If it’s a company move, check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they cover.
  • Create a “move file” to keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information.
  • Check with the IRS to see what expenses can be deducted on your next tax return.
  • Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates
  • Start pulling together medical and dental records – including prescriptions and immunization dates. Ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new city.
  • Arrange to have school records transferred to your children’s new school district and/or daycare.
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
  • Contact member organizations you have joined. Ask how you can end, sell or transfer your membership.
  • Inventory all household items to be moved.
  • Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses who need to be notified of your move.
  • Start working your way through each room taking inventory and deciding what to get rid of. Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities.
  • Plan to use up things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners.
  • Purchase collecting boxes and other packing supplies.

Moving Month

  • Get an itemized list of all moving related costs and review with mover, including packing, loading, special charges, insurance, vehicles (if needed), etc.
  • File a change of address. You can do this online and, with one stop, have all interested parties notified.
  • Contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer or connect services. This can also be done online.
  • Call your newspaper courier, lawn services and others and set a date to cancel your subscription.
  • Make sure all library books have been returned and that all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up.
  • Start packing items you don’t use often. Also start disposing of the items you’ve designated for a yard sale, donation or the junk yard. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
  • Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away. Plants cannot be loaded with your other household goods.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
  • Have your automobile(s) serviced.
  • Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Clear out safety deposit boxes. Pick up traveler’s checks or cash for “on the road” expenses.
  • Confirm travel arrangements.
  • Confirm movers, truck rental reservation.

Moving Week

  • Finish packing and prepare an “essentials” box. Designate several boxes and items as “last load” items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.
  • Drain gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. need to be emptied as well.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.
  • Prepare all appliances for loading.
  • Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
  • If you’re moving out of a building with elevators, arrange with management for use of elevators on move day.
  • Use extra care in securing your load. Make sure the truck is locked and not parked in a vulnerable location.
  • Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company (drivers), including your travel itinerary and emergency numbers.
  • Do NOT disconnect your telephone until the day after loading.

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