One Month Before Moving:
– Pick up a Change-Of-Status Address Kit from your local Post Office and fill out:
· Friends and family
· Insurance companies
· Credit card companies
· Magazines and newspapers—cancel local newspaper delivery
· Doctors, dentist and other providers—transfer drug prescriptions
· Past employer—for W2 forms
– Take a look around your house. Start to think about you do not want to take with you.
· Use up perishable foods
· Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items
– Prepare a list of what you want to move.
· Large appliances?
· Outside furniture?
– For full service moves:
· Get written estimates from several moving companies
· Will the movers pack for you?
· What items won’t they move?
· Get appraisals of high-valued items in case of future claims
– For do-it-yourself moves, make arrangement for truck rental and moving help, and buy packing supplies:
· Packing and masking tape
– Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly as to contents and room to be placed in. Mark “Open First” clearly on boxes containing important items to be unpacked first:
· Pots and pans
· Alarm clock
· Special toys
· Light bulbs
· Tools, hammer, pliers, wrenches
– Stop by and make arrangements for picking up your important records:
· Optician, optometrist
· School—make sure you get one with a raised seal
– Close out your bank accounts:
· Safe Deposit Box
– Start a new bank account in your new town.
· Transfer account from current bank
– Contact your child’s new school and notify them of your upcoming move to their area.
– Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new town and request a relocation package.
Two Weeks Before Moving
– Pack your vital documents in one place:
· Military records
· Marriage license
· Birth certificates
· Vehicle titles
· Stock certificates
· Insurance papers
· Bank records
· School records
· Medical records
· Tax records
– Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds for any deposits made. Have meters read. Give new address for them to send their final bill to:
· Cable—return cable box if necessary
· Internet access
– Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new residence.
– Make arrangements for cleaning
– Inquire about new state’s automobile transferring coverage to your new home.
– Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house on moving day.
One Week Before Moving
– Dispose or drain any flammable items:
· Lawn mower gas
· Aerosol cans
– Plan what goes in the car with you:
· Toys and games for kids
· Special breakable items or collections
· Important documents and records
· Change of clothes and toiletries for your first day
· Vacuum cleaner—if you want to clean right away
· Toilet paper
· First aid kit
· Food kit with bottled water, cereal, bananas
– Make travel arrangements for your pets and plans
– Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable antiques and collections.
– Have your car tuned up.
The Day Before Moving
– Defrost, clean and air out your refrigerator
– Clean your stove
– Make sure that you have payment ready for the moving company—they will not unpack without a check. Check your moving company’s payment policies.
– Purchase traveler’s checks for other possible expenses
– Pack your former town’s phone book for future correspondence.
– Get a simple breakfast ready for the next morning.
– Pick up ice and beverages for moving day
– Take down curtains and curtain rods
– Get a good night sleep!
– Strip your beds
· Moving company—will they disassemble?
– Show movers around. Make sure your possessions to be moved are inventoried with them.
· Write “subject to further inspection for concealed loss or damage” on moving contract to protect yourself should you find damage while unpacking
– Get all keys together. Put in a safe place
– Make sure moving driver has the correct address, phone number and directions. Confirm delivery date with the company.
– Check all rooms last time. Remember closets and cupboards, attics and the garage! Make sure all windows and doors are locked.
Good luck! Remember—many of your moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang on to your receipts. Call the Internal Revenue Serviceand request Publication 521: “Tax Information On Moving Expenses” to fill out which moving expenses that you can deduct.