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Moving Checklist

SIX WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Make an inventory of everything to be moved
Collect everything not to be moved for garage sale or charity
Contact charity for date/time of pickup. Save receipts for tax records
Contact several moving companies for estimates
Select mover, arrange for exact form of payment at destination (cash, check)
Get cartons and packing materials to start packing NOW
Contact insurance agent to transfer or cancel coverage
Check with employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Notify all magazines of change of address
Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations
Contact utility companies for refunds of deposit; Contact utility companies for refunds of deposit; set turn-off dates
Dry clean clothes to be moved; pack in protective wrappers
Collect everything you have loaned out; return everything you have borrowed
Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc., that are to be moved. Drain all gas/oil to prevent fire in moving van
Check with doctors and dentist for all family records and prescriptions
Get childrens’ school records
Check freezer and plan use of food over next 2-3 weeks
Remove all jewelry and other valuables to a safe deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during move
Give away or arrange for transportation of house plants (most moving companies will NOT move plants, especially in winter). Plants also can be sold at garage sales, or they make perfect “thank you” gifts for neighbors


ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING

Transfer or close checking and savings accounts. Arrange for cashiers check or  money order to pay moving company upon arrival in new community
Have automobile serviced for trip
Fill out Post Office change of address forms; give to postmaster
Check and make inventory of all furniture for dents and scratches; notify moving company of your  inventory and compare upon arrival at your new house
Dispose of all combustibles and spray cans (spray cans can explode or burn — don’t pack them)
Pack a separate carton of cleaning utensils and tools (screw driver, hammer, etc.)
Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal/family travel
Mark all boxes that you pack with the room they will be going to in new home
Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to work freely
Cancel all newspapers, garden service, etc.
Review the entire list to make certain that you haven’t overlooked anything
Check and double check everything you have done before it’s too late

MOVING DAY

Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last minute decisions must be made by you.
Don’t leave until after the movers have gone
Hire a baby-sitter or send the children to a friend’s house for the day
Stay with the moving van driver to oversee inventory
Tell packers and/or driver about fragile or precious items
Make a final check of the entire house, basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage, every room
Approve and sign the Bill of Lading. If possible, accompany driver to weigh station
Double check with the driver to make certain moving company records show the proper delivery address for your new house. Verify the scheduled delivery date as well.
Give driver phone numbers both here and in new community to contact you in case of a problem.
Provide your cell phone number as well.
Get complete routing information from the driver and phone numbers so you can call the driver or company in case of emergency while enroute
Disconnect all utilities and advise the Realtor® who listed or is selling your house
Lock all the doors and windows. Advise your Realtor® and neighbors that the house is empty
Moving does take lots of time and energy, and can be a stressful experience for some people.
Use this list. It will definitely help. There is no substitute for good planning. Plan ahead!
“Roll with the punches” and things will go more smoothly. Try to relax and enjoy the
adventure.
Moving does take lots of time and energy, and can be a stressful experience for some people.
Use this list. It will definitely help. There is no substitute for good planning. Plan ahead!
“Roll with the punches” and things will go more smoothly. Try to relax and enjoy the
adventure.
© 1988, 1994, 2005 Barb Schwarz. All rights reserved.

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