Sunday, July 28, 2019 / by Barry Owen
1 MONTH PRIOR TO MOVE
- Change your address with the post office.
- Change your address with the IRS.
- Hire a moving company or rent a moving vehicle.
- Transfer or get copies of medical records
- Medical & school records for children
- Get referrals from your current doctor for new doctors in the new neighborhood
- Update your insurance policies (home, auto, etc)
- Check with your insurance company to see if your belongings are covered during the move.
- Cancel your plans with cable, telephone, newspaper, lawn, and home security companies
- Change your address with magazine and newspaper subscriptions and creditors.
2 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE
- Cancel utility services for the day after your move date.
- Purchase packing supplies (boxes, tape, markers, and so on).
- Make travel arrangements on moving day and any special arrangements for small children and/or pets.
- Start packing, boxing items and labeling them
- type out a list of what general items are in each box so you have a master list.
- Set aside items you will need immediately and make a note to load this box last.
1 WEEK PRIOR TO MOVE
- Confirm reservation with moving company or rental truck company.
- Gather and set aside important documents (don’t pack these—carry them with you during the move).
- Transfer prescriptions to your local pharmacy.
- Close/transfer bank accounts (if switching banks) and order checks with your new address.
- Send out change of address cards to friends, relatives, neighbors, organizations, and so on.
- Return items that don’t belong to you (movies, books, and so on).
- Clean! (appliances, carpet, walls, and so on)
DAY BEFORE MOVE
- Take out cash for mover tips or other cash expenses.
- Buy bottles of water for you and anyone helping you.
- Pack the last of your items and leave out one small suitcase for your pajamas and toiletries.
- Write down utility meter readings to check against final bill.
- Supervise movers (if you hired) and confirm final details (address, delivery time, and so on).
- Arrive at your new house before the movers do.
- Let a friend or family member know your travel plans.
AFTER YOU’VE MOVED
- Change your address with DMV— update driver’s license and plates (if moving out of state).
- Change your address with your employer.