Anyone who has ever gone through the moving process understands how overwhelming it can be. With so many things to remember, it can be a stressful time. It doesn’t need to be. Here is a helpful moving checklist to keep you on track and, hopefully, keep you stress-free.
- CHANGE OF ADDRESS NOTIFICATIONS
☐ Post Office – File your change of address at least 30 days prior to the date of move.
☐ Accountant/CPA; Attorney
☐ Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA’s, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account, retirement plans, Broker)
☐ Cell phone provider; Internet provider; Newspaper; magazines
☐ Civic organizations; charities; professional organizations; church
☐ Department of Motor Vehicles; Internal Revenue Service; Social Security Office; Passport
☐ Health Clubs; House Cleaning service
☐ Insurance providers (auto, health, life, vehicles)
☐ Family members and friends
- ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVE
☐ Select a moving company. Confirm the date, the price and other moving details. Be sure to get all moving costs in writing.
☐ Arrange hotel accommodations, car rental, airline reservations or temporary housing, if necessary.
☐ Make a list of relatives, friends, and other people who need to know about your move.
☐ Contact your bank to order new checks with your new address.
☐ Call your utility service companies for your cable, gas, electric, water, and internet, to schedule a disconnection date for your old house and transfer to new address, if necessary.
- TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
☐ Contact the moving company and reconfirm your dates.
☐ Continue packing. Make sure to label each box and keep an inventory.
☐ Make arrangements with a cleaning service to clean your old home, if necessary.
- ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVE
☐ Try to finish packing.
☐ Fill any prescriptions or medications, if necessary.
☐ Plan meals for the whole week so you can start emptying your refrigerator.
- THE DAY BEFORE MOVE
☐ Pack your overnight case.
☐ Check all cabinets, drawers, and closets to make sure you packed everything.
☐ Set aside boxes, tape, scissors, markers, etc. for last minute packing.
☐ Empty, clean, and defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
- MOVING DAY
☐ Do not make any plans for the day other than your move.
☐ Verify the delivery address and directions are correct with your moving company.
☐ Carry all valuable items yourself such as important documents, jewelry, etc.
☐ Before leaving the house, make sure to check the entire house to be certain you don’t forget anything.
☐ If the house will be vacant, contact your insurance agent and the police department so they know the house will be empty.
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