For The Move
Thereís so much
to do before you move that the list seems almost endless. However,
here is a list of items that can be completed well in advance
of your moving date.
weeks before moving:
- Fill out
a change of address order form for the post office.
- Prepare an
inventory of everything you own. Divide this inventory into
three separate categories: items to be handled by the mover,
items to be handled by you, and items to be left behind.
- Pack stock
certificates, wills, and other one-of-a-kind items (jewelry,
photos and home videos) that will be difficult or impossible
to replace. Plan to carry them with you instead of packing
- Get rid of
what you donít need either through a garage sale, give to
friends or charity, or haul off to the dump.
- Contact your
insurance agent to transfer property, fire, auto, and medical
dental and medical records. Include prescriptions, eyeglass
specifications, and vaccination records.
- Inquire about
changes that you may incur in your auto licensing and
insurance when moving.
- Notify your
children's school(s). Make arrangement for records to be forwarded
to the new school district.
- Contact any
clubs or organizations you are associated with for information
on transferring, selling, or ending your memberships.
- Get acclimated
to your new community. Drive around and learn where the important
destinations are, e.g. shopping districts, hospitals, police
and fire departments.
- Contact the
Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau to request information
on schools, parks and recreation, community calendars and
- If you plan
to do any part of the packing, start collecting suitable containers
and packing materials.
- Cancel local
- If you have
pets, call your new town to determine if there are any specific
requirements for pet ownership. In addition, obtain and transfer
your children in their new schools.
- Fill out
an IRS change of address form.
- Make arrangements
with your moving company, or reserve a rental truck.
- Make travel
arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental
agencies, and hotels.
memberships in churches, clubs, and civic organizations.
- Obtain medical
and dental records, x-rays, and prescription histories. Ask
your doctor and dentist for referrals, and transfer prescriptions.
- Set up a
checking account in your new city.
- Check into
the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based
businesses, professional tests, business licenses, and any
special laws that might be applicable to you.
- Take inventory
of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you
need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures
or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic
- Make arrangements
for transporting pets:
and Dogs - Cats and dogs can be taken in your car.
If so, remember to take along the following items:
leash for letting your pet out of the car
or sheets to keep your car clean
- If you
are moving a long distance away, check ahead to see if
the hotels where you are staying allows pets.
on the animal's temperament and size, it might be better
to have it shipped by air.
- Be sure
to check if your destination has any local requirements
or restrictions on animals.
Pets by Air - To have your pet shipped by air, make sure
someone can meet your pet at the destination airport,
and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do
this for you and keep your pet until you have completed
your move, if necessary.
- If you
are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can
ride in the baggage compartment. You may need the following
certificate. Obtain this from your veterinarian.
container. The airline might have a special container
available or you can use your own as long as it complies
with airline regulations.
Your vet can provide tranquilizers to be given to
your pet immediately before going to the airport.
scent. Your pet can be comforted by having a piece
of cloth with your scent on it.
Animals - Hamsters, birds and other small animals can
easily be transported in your car. To help keep the animals
calm and quiet, cover cages with a cloth. Also, make sure
they have food and water available.
- It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check
with your local pet store for recommendations on moving
your specific type of fish.
- Start using
up food items, so that there is less to pack and possibly
Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility
services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water,
newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies
of your move.
- Arrange for
help on moving day.
- Confirm travel
- Reserve elevator
if moving from an apartment.
- Have appliances
serviced for moving.
- Clean rugs
and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead
for special needs of infants.
- Close bank
accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before
closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic
payments that haven't been processed.
- Collect valuables
from your safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents
before mailing, or hand carry them to your new address.
- Check with
your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your
homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
- Defrost freezer
and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close
friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may
be reached if needed.
- Double check
closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to be sure they
- Pack important
documents, currency, and jewelry yourself, or use registered
- Carry traveler's
checks for quick, available funds.
- Strip your
beds, and make sure the bedding goes into a 'Load Last' box.
- Make sure
to be on hand when the movers arrive.
- Confirm the
delivery date and time at your new address. Write directions
to your new home for the driver. Provide the new phone number,
and include phone numbers where you can be reached in transit
(cell phone). Make sure to take along the driverís name, address,
and telephone number.
- Spend as
much time with the mover as possible. If you have special
instructions, like what to load first and last, make sure
it is explained to your mover. Communicate well with the movers.
If you choose to have your mover handle your valuables or
other fragile goods, tell the mover in advance.
- Review all
details and paperwork with driver. Accompany the driver as
he or she inspects and tags each piece of furniture with an
identifying number. These numbers, along with a detailed description
of your goods and their condition at the time of loading,
will appear on the inventory.
- Make sure
all of your goods are loaded.
- Perform a
final inspection of the premises.
Arriving At New Home
- Renew your
driver's license, auto registration, and tags.
- Shop around
for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
- Revise your
will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher
- Have all
utilities turned on. (Phone, gas, electricity, Internet, cable
- Locate the
hospitals, police stations, veterinarian, and fire stations
near your home.
- Be at the
premises when the movers arrive. Remain on the premises while
your belongings are being unloaded. If you cannot be there
personally, be sure to authorize an adult to be your representative
to accept delivery and pay the charges for you. Inform the
destination agent of your chosen representative's name.
- Have payment
on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements
were made in advance, payment is required upon delivery in
cash, traveler's checks, money order or cashier's check. Most
of the time, personal checks are not accepted.
- Confine your
pets to an out-of-the-way room to help keep them from running
away or becoming agitated by all of the activity.
- Review your
floor plan so you can tell the movers where to place your
furniture, appliances, beds, and boxes. Be available to direct
them as they unload.
- To prevent
possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other electronic
equipment, and major appliances should not be used for 24
hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room
If you follow
these ideas, tips, and suggestions, you should be able to accomplish
your move with a minimal amount of disruption and heartache.
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