TWO MONTHS BEFORE MOVING
- Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you move.
- Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need to charity.
- Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals. Make reservations with a moving company or truck. rental company.
Tip: Call three companies for estimates to compare.
- Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, and tape, felt markers and scissors.
- If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and car hire agency. If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
- Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible. Check the current tax code for requirements.
- Place your legal, medical, financial and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
- Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved.
ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVING
- Start packing items that aren’t used such as off season clothes and decorations and items in storage areas (garage, attic & closets).
- Make travel arrangements for your pets.
- If you’re driving, get your car tuned up.
- Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist and veterinarian.
- Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts, bedding) to the cleaners.
- Back up important computer files to disk.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, trash collector & local phone service providers) and notify them of your move.
- Sign up for services at your new address.
- Contact your long distance phone company and notify them of your move.
- Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day if necessary.
- Confirm your travel reservations.
- Consume your supplies of frozen and perishable foods.
- Confirm details with removalist – times for pack, move, unpack, clean, details of storage, insurance etc.
ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING
- Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops or friends.
- Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
- Finish packing all boxes minus what you’ll need in the final week.
- Arrange Post Mail Redirection Service application to redirect your mail to your new address.
- Gather all keys from old address, get spares from family and friends.
- Collect instruction books for stove, dishwasher, security system and leave for new owner.
Send change of address cards with your new address and phone number to:
- Friends and family.
- Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, & other financial institutions.
- Magazines & newspapers.
- Doctors, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents & other service providers.
- State & federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed.
- Workplace, schools etc.
- Voter registration office & motor transport department.
THE DAY BEFORE
- Set aside moving materials, i.e. tape measure, pocket knife & rope.
- Pad corners & stairways of house.
- Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
- Remove hanging fixtures.
- If moving yourself, pick up the rental truck and a hand trolley to move heavy boxes.
- If you’re driving, check oil and fuel in car.
- If you’re travelling, make sure you have tickets, credit cards and other essentials.
Carry with you:
- The keys to your new home.
- Map of new town and directions to your house.
- The telephone number of the moving company.
- Documentation related to the sale of your home.
- Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number.
- Your current address book or personal planner.
- Any personal records & documents.
ARRIVAL DAY & AFTER THE MOVE
- Show movers where to place furniture & boxes.
- Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered before signing delivery papers. Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
Tip: It’s helpful to have the movers read off the inventory numbers on boxes & furniture while you check the inventory list.
- Unpack any valuable items, such as silver, art & jewellery upon arrival.
- Familiariseyourself with the area.
- Familiariseyour pets with your new home as quickly as possible, keep cats inside for at least a week.
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