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  Moving To-Do List - Back
Whether you're moving across country or just a few blocks, moving can be stressful. Planning and preparing in advance can make all the difference in the world in getting ready for the big day. Here's a helpful checklist to keep on hand during the weeks prior to MOVING DAY!


8 Weeks To the Big Move!

  • Reserve your moving vehicle, either professional or do-it-yourself.

  • Draw a floor plan of your new house. This will help you decide what furniture you'll take with you and what you need to sell or give away.

  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce of your new location and get information about your new home town.


  • 6-7 Weeks To the Big Move!

  • Inventory all of your possessions and determine what can be sold and what can be given away.

  • Get copies of your medical, dental and optical records and contact your lawyer, personal banker and stock broker. Arrange to transfer your children's school records.

  • Contact your accountant about tax deductible moving expenses-and keep good records!


  • 4-5 Weeks to the Big Move!

  • If needed, arrange for storage.

  • As your credit card statements come in, complete the 'change of address' section on your bills.

  • Clean or repair any furniture, curtains, appliances, holes in walls, etc. that need it.

  • If moving yourself, figure out how many boxes you may need. And don't forget to figure in those non-boxable items you'll be moving and how much space they'll take up. You may need to contact the rental company and adjust the size of moving van you'll be renting and they may have tips on calculating space.


  • 3 Weeks to the Big Move

  • Get moving supplies: Boxes (plan on more than you think you'll need), furniture pads, dolly, packing tape, bubble wrap (for breakables such as mirrors and vases), labels, crumpled newspaper, scissors, utility knife, markers.

  • Begin packing items you won't need right away. Be sure to not "over pack" a box so that it's too heavy to lift or may not stay together.

  • Provide a cancel date for services and utilities at your current location, and a start date at your new location. Services could include newspapers, home security, garbage collection, cable TV, lawn or snow removal, cleaning services. Utilities you'll need to contact include local and long distance telephone, electrical, gas / fuel oil, and water / sewer.


  • 2 Weeks Before the Move

  • Arrange to transfer all of your bank accounts to a new bank or branch location. This includes canceling any direct deposits or automatic withdrawals. Don't forget to empty & cancel your safe deposit box. Also close local charge accounts if moving to a new city.

  • Make special arrangements to move your pets and notify your veterinarian.

  • Cancel any delivery service or have us do it for you with The Hook Up.


  • Moving Week

  • Transfer all medical prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new town.
    If needed, arrange for a babysitter.

  • Return borrowed or rented items, such as library books and videotapes.

  • Clean your current home and don't forget the oven and defrosting your freezer.

  • If using a professional mover, they'll pack your items for you. If moving yourself, finish packing.

  • Set aside valuables, important papers, etc. for you to take with you so you can find them quickly. Don't put them in a box, especially those you may need for your closing.

  • Pack a small bag with toiletries, medications, and a few days of clothing.


  • Moving Day

  • If moving yourself, pick up the truck early.

  • Number and make a list of every box and its contents so you can find things easily.

  • Check your old house to make sure you've turned off water and no leave-behind appliances are running.

  • Inspect basement, attic and garage. Lock windows and doors.

  • Pack a "handy items box" for your first night and day in your new home. It should include: scissors, utility knife, cups, paper plates and towels, toilet paper, snacks and portable beverages, soap, pens and paper, local phone book, tape, bath towels, trash bags, toiletries, sponge and shelf liner
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