Moving Overview



It's really never too soon to begin planning for a move. Comprehensive timetable and checklist is the best strategy to ensure a smooth relocation


Six Weeks Before

  • Remove unnecessary items from your attic, basement, storage shed etc.
  • Use things you can't move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
  • Obtain information about your new community.
  • Secure a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Solicit estimates from at least three moving companies.
  • Call your homeowners insurance agent to find out to what degree your move is covered.
  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records.


Four Weeks Before

  • Evaluate your possessions inventory. Can you donate anything? 
  • Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
  • Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location.
  • Complete a change of address via post-office cards or an online service for the following: Banks; Charge cards; Religious organizations; Doctors/dentist;  Income tax bureau/Social Security Administration/union; Insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker; Magazines; Post office; and Schools.
  • Clean your closets.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
  • Choose a mover and make arrangements.
  • If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover.
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner's) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
  • Start packing! 


Two Weeks Before

  • Make travel plans.  Arrange for pet transfer if needed. 
  • Notify your state's Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.
  • Call your water, electricity and gas and trash companies to pay off any and all invoices and set up the transfer date for the new property. 
  • Set up Internet/ Cable provider appointment for the new home. 
  • Pick up dry cleaning and return library books.
  • Request refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord
  • Start Packing!


The Week Of Moving

  • Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records.
  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
  • Consider gathering all valuables and giving them to family or friends to hold until the move is completed.
  • Disconnect all major appliances.
  • Mover's Survival Kit: Scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pen,  masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner, and aspirin or ibuprofen.


Moving Day

  • Be home to answer any questions your mover may have.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, and water).
  • Keep your copies of the bill of lading and inventory until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.