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Relocation and Moving Checklist

Check It Off: Household Moving Tips Checklist

This handy household moving checklist is sure to help you get where you're going.

Weeks 12 - 9

  • If you are being relocated by your company, verify what your company relocation policy covers and what you will be responsible for.
  • Establish tentative dates for your move.
  • Establish and lay out schedules for your planning calendar.
  • Put your home on the market, or notify your landlord or your intent to vacate.
  • Begin your mover selection process.
  • Make a house-hunting trip to your new town or city. Contact a real estate agent or get an apartment guide if you're planning to rent.

Weeks 8 - 7

  • Make a list of everyone you'll need to notify of your move. Update your contacts/address book.
  • Obtain your post office's change of address kit.
  • Sort items you don't intend to take to your new location. Plan a date for a garage sale.
  • Contact the IRS or your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.

Week 6

  • Select your new home and arrange financing. Establish a tentative closing date.
  • Check school schedules and any enrollment requirements.
  • Obtain church/synagogue information for your new area.
  • Determine any new drivers' license requirements and transfer of license plates or registration.
  • Contact an insurance agent regarding coverage on your new home, its contents, and yourautomobile insurance.
  • Look for job opportunities for your spouse and children.
  • Select a bank, establish accounts, and obtain a safe deposit box.
  • Sketch out a floor plan of your new home and get room measurements. Determine how your present furniture, appliances and decor will fit, and make a list of the things you will need to buy.
  • In the event that you have not found a new home, secure a Post Office box for mail forwarding.
  • Get utility information and phone numbers. Determine any requirements to commence service (such as deposits or prepayments).

Week 5

  • Notify schools of your move date. Arrange for records to be transferred to new school system.
  • Schedule pick up and delivery dates with your mover. If you need storage, make arrangements with your moving company now.
  • Continue sorting belongings, dividing them into what will go in the van, what will go with you, and what you are giving away or disposing of.
  • If you have high value items (like antiques) that you expect to be shipping, obtain an appraisal and get receipts.
  • Make travel arrangements. If you will be flying, remember that most airfares are cheapest if booked at least 30 days in advance.

Week 4

  • Hold your garage sale, or donate items to charity.
  • Verify your time schedules with your real estate agents and/or landlord.
  • Reconfirm dates for packing, pick up and delivery with your mover.
  • Send change of address cards to the Post Office, relatives, friends and magazine subscriptions.

Week 3

. Gather all your personal records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, church, school, etc.
. Notify the utilities at your current address of your disconnect dates and your forwarding address,
and contact those in your new town to begin service.
. Notify your credit card companies of the change of address. Apply for new bank cards and local store charge accounts if necessary.

Week 2

. Take care of financial arrangements like transferring bank accounts, contents of safe deposit box, notify your broker or investment counselor and settle any outstanding bills.
. If you have a pet, take it to the vet to be immunized prepared for the journey. Arrange for transportation of your pet, and obtain copies of your pet's records or licenses.

  • If you are moving into or out of a high rise building, contact the property manager and reserve the elevator for moving day.
  • Drain oil and gas from all your power equipment.
  • Cancel deliveries and services like newspapers and trash collection effective by your moving date.
  • Consider a sitter for kids and pets on moving day.

Week 1: Moving Days

. Defrost the freezer; give or throw away perishables you won't eat in the next few days.
. Give any plants you can't take with you to a loving home.

  • If you are driving a long distance, have your car serviced.
  • Pack your luggage and anything you are taking with you.
  • Use only those household items you absolutely must, like towels, sheets, pans, a coffee pot and a few tools; anything else should be ready to go.
  • Obtain travelers check for trip expenses and cashiers or certified check for payment to mover.

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