6 Weeks Before the Move Date
- Clean out your closets and even schedule a garage sale . You can even try selling unwanted items on craigslist. Also, consider donating items to charity. You get a tax deduction so obtain receipts for these items. Check with your tax advisor to find out which costs may be deductible. For more information about moving costs that could be tax deductible , visit the Internal Revenue Services web site.
- List all items which are to be moved and categorize by room. make sure that you have enough moving boxes. A cheap, easy way to acquire additional moving boxes is to go scrounging at your local grocerey store. Here is some useful information about finding eco friendly boxes for a green move. Once you feel you have enough moving boxes to handle all your stuff, guess what, it’s time to start packing
- Contact moving companies to obtain estimates. A great place to start is this online moving form, allowing you to compare multiple quotes from licensed and insured movers in your area. That is the easiest way to save money and avoid any moving scams, that are very prevalent these days. Also be sure to be upfront about any “big ticket items like moving a piano . Contact all of your utility companies ( telephone, electric, gas and/or cable) regarding return deposits and disconnecting services. Follow up with any other companies such as security, lawn service, related to your home.
- Back in the day, you needed to contact the Post Office regarding your change of address and moving date. However, now the easy button is available! I highly recommend you take advantage of this fast, safe and secure online form, which will register your address change online within seconds!
- If you have children, obtain records from your current school and completing the necessary forms. Transfer any club memberships if possible or have your fees refunded.
- Review your homeowner’s insurance and notify of cancellation if new insurance is going to be purchased.
3 Weeks Before the Move Date
- Contact all your utility companies to confirm date for discontinuing service. Cancel other services such as newspaper delivery, gardeners and home security. Make sure the date of moving into your new residence coincides with your new services like phone, utility and cable.
- Verify with your moving company the packing plan, as well as any last minute details.if you are bringing more stuff than you originally informed them , definitely speak up about that, even if it means a raise in your estimate. (the same goes if the amount of goods have decreased)
- Obtain copies of your medical records, prescriptions needed, and referrals at new doctor location if possible.
1 Week Before the Move Date
- Use up all of your cleaning supplies, aerosol containers, bleach, etc. Do not pack or ship these flammable items!
- Food or frozen items cannot be packed so stuff your face as much as possible and then prepare to give your fridge a good cleaning out.
- Pack a container to include first aid kit, some essential toiletries as well as as basic tools. (screwdriver, hammer, etc.) Prepare any children and pets for your move by packing a special “entertainment box.” (snacks, toys, etc.)
- Remove fuel from any equipment like lawn mowers, gas grills, and motorcycles.
- Prepare for your first night in the new home by packing pillows and linens in dresser drawers.
The Day Before Your Move
- Defrost and clean that fridge and freezer.
- Arrange with the realtor or new owners where to leave keys.
- Review the mover’s inventory for completeness before you sign anything. Search the entire house before the movers leave. Confirm directions with them.
- Keep copies of all moving transactions for tax purposes, including lodging, transportation,gas and meals.
- Load up your valuables before movers leave.
- Make sure to arrive at your new home prior to movers.
- Check all appliances for working condition. Call repair service if needed.
- Check with the post office for any mail being held.
- Review all moving boxes being unloaded by your moving company. Make a note of any damage for insurance purposes.
You’re finally finished, woohoo ! Breathe a huge sigh of relief and enjoy your new home! And don’t forget to change the door locks after moving in.