8 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Contact a professional mover or truck rental and get estimates: make early reservations.
! Decide what furniture stays and what furniture goes.
! Use up things that can’t be moved (frozen food & flammable household aerosol cleaning supplies).
6 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Inventory your possessions and determine what will be sold or donated.
! Get copies of records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, etc. Transfer children’s school records.
! Get change of address kit from post office and start filing out cards.
4 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Hold a garage sale then arrange for storage, if you need it.
! Clean or repair any furniture, curtains or carpet.
3 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Assemble packing materials: dolly, scissors, packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, markers, rope, boxes, etc.
! Begin packing items you won’t need.
! Arrange cancellation of utilities at old home and have them installed at new home.
! Make travel and hotel reservations.
! Get car license, registration, and insurance in order.
2 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Transfer bank accounts and cancel direct deposit or automatic payments on account you are closing.
! Make special arrangements for moving your pets. Consult your Veterinarian for tips on making moving easier.
! Get your car checked and serviced for the trip.
1 WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE
! Transfer all medical prescriptions to the pharmacy in your new location.
! Return library books and videos, send out dry-cleaning and pick up before the move.
! Finish major packing labeling boxes by contents and room destination.
2 OR 3 DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE
! Defrost refrigerator. ! Have cash on hand. ! Pack a weekend bag in case of delay.
! Pack a "first day handy items" box: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, paper plates and towels, instant coffee, tea, soft
drinks, soap, pencil and paper, local phone book, bath towels & toiletries kit.
! Pick up rental truck early. ! Inspect basement, attic and garage. ! Turn off water; lock all doors and windows.
! List every item loaded onto the truck to use for a checklist as they come off.