Two Months Before Moving:
- Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you have to move.
- Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need.
- Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals.
- Make reservations with a moving company or a rental truck company. Tip: Get quotes from 3 companies to make sure you’re getting a good deal. I recommend Amazing Moves.
- Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers and scissors.
- If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel and rental car agency. If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
- Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible.
- Place your legal, medical, financial and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
- Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved.
One Month Before Moving:
- Start packing items that aren’t regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations and items stored in storage ares (garage, attic and closets).
- Make travel arrangements for your pets.
- If you’re driving, get your car tuned up.
- Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist and veterinarian.
- Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts, bedding) to the cleaners.
- Back up important computer files.
Two Weeks Before Moving:
- Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, cable, trash, phone) and notify them of your move. In Colorado, title companies transfer the water so you don’t have to do that.
- Sign up for services at your new address.
- Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day, if necessary.
- Confirm your travel reservations.
- Arrange to close or transfer your bank account and, if appropriate, pick up items from your safety deposit box.
One Week Before Moving:
- Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops or friends.
- Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
- Finish packing all boxes, minus what you’ll need in the final week.
- Change your address using my Change of Address Checklist.
The Day Before Moving:
- Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife and rope.
- Pad corners and stairways of house.
- Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
- Remove hanging fixtures you’re taking with you.
- If moving yourself, pick up the rental truck and a hand truck or dolly to move heavy boxes.
- If you’re driving, check oil and gas in your car.
- If you’re traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards and other essentials.
- Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.
- Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered before signing delivery papers. Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
- Unpack any valuable items, such as silver, art and jewelry, upon arrival.
Carry with you:
- Keys to your new home.
- Map of new town and directions to your home, if necessary.
- The telephone number of the moving company.
- Cash or traveler’s checks.
- Documentation related to the sale of your home.
- Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number.
- Your current address book or planner.
- Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
- Enough clothing to get by if the movers are late.
- Any important personal records and documents.
- Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (e.g. photo album).
- Back-up copies of important computer files.
- Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
- Personal hygiene items
After the Move:
- Walk and drive your neighborhood and community to orient yourself and your family.
- Get new driver’s licenses, voter registration cards and bus passes.
- Enroll children in school.