One Month Before MovingNotify and Transfer
- If you would normally be working on your moving day, request the day off.
- If moving from an apartment, notify your landlord and request your apartment deposit to be sent to your new address.
- Arrange to connect your utilities to your new home and disconnect utilities in your previous home. Discontinue delivery services.
- Call doctors and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home. Get copies of renewable prescriptions and request medical and dental records.
- Arrange transfer of school records.
- Transfer personal insurance records.
- Check homeowners insurance policies to see if moving is covered. Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal property insurance.
- Fill out a change of address form at your local Post Office or online. Notify magazines to which you subscribe. Note: You must fill out a change-of-address form for each person receiving mail at your address.
- Transfer bank accounts, and ask your local credit bureau to transfer your records to your new city. If you have pets, request their records from the veterinarian.
- Check and clear tax assessments.
- Update current contact information for friends and local businesses.
Three Weeks Before MovingMake Arrangements
- Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them. If your move is company-paid, check with your move coordinator first.
- Cancel you cable/satellite TV service.
- Your local service provider can help you with phone, internet, cable, or satellite service for your new home.
Two weeks before movingContinue Packing Preparation
- Return library books and other things you've borrowed.
- Collect things you've loaned, and items at the dry-cleaner, in lay-away, in cold storage, in a safety deposit box, etc.
- Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of flammables such as gasoline, fireworks, matches, cleaning fluids, bottled gas, aerosols, acids, and caustic drain cleaners, etc.
- Reconfirm travel reservations.
1 week before movingThings for the Road
- Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight, and other items you'll take in your car.
- Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip.
- Start packing suitcases.
- Unless another means of payment has been prearranged — e.g., credit card, personal check, or company paid — payment is due in cash, cashier's check, or postal money order before your household goods are unloaded at their destination.
- Drain gasoline and oil from small gasoline-powered equipment.
- Drain water from all garden hoses.
- Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator and chest freezer.
- Dispose of any personal property or debris left behind after packing.
- Sweep, vacuum, and/or mop floors.
- Clean sinks, tubs, and counters.
- To receive the entire balance of a deposit on an apartment, most landlords require renters to return the property to its original condition with reasonable wear and tear (depending on how long you lived there). Check your lease or contact your landlord for more information.
1 day before movingFinish Packing Preparation
- Put non-combustible cleaning supplies, toiletries and other items you may need first in special boxes to be loaded last and unloaded first.
- Finish packing all suitcases.
- Make final check of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred and lights are out.
Note: It's a good idea to be at your new home a day ahead of the van so you can make sure utilities are connected and coordinate placement of major items in your home.