Moving Checklist Set the date. [NOTE: Mondays - Thursdays are your best choices so that banks and offices are open in case you have a problem] Arrange for utility transfers. Notify current and future utility providers of your move date. [NOTE: when current security deposits will be refunded and how much is due when for the new ones] This includes: Cable / satellite television Cell phone service Electricity Gas / propane Internet / broadband Local phone service Long distance phone service Recycling pick-up Security system Water / sewer Organize Get or make a moving organizer Binder, 3-ring, at least 1 " wide Pocket dividers to separate sections and hold important receipts Paper for keeping all your notes (3-holed graph paper is ideal for this). Start a "Change of Address Log" Create a change of address log by writing down who you receive mail from each day. Then contact those organizations with your change of address each morning or evening. This breaks up the task and helps make sure you aren't missing important contacts. File change of address. At minimum, file a Temporary Change of Address with the U.S. Post Office to buy you time before you notify everyone else. https://moversguide.usps.com for $1 Some of the people who might need your change of address include: Accountant / tax preparer Alumni associations Attorneys Babysitter / child care provider Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account) Broker Business cards (order new ones) Cell phone provider Child care / daycare Credit bureaus Credit card issuers Dentist Department of Motor Vehicles Doctor Family members Health clubs House of worship Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles) IRS (form 8822) Magazine subscriptions New business cards New employer Newspaper subscriptions Old employer Orthodontist Parent-teacher association Passport Pharmacy (BONUS: get year-to-date expense summary for taxes) Physical therapist Physician (BONUS: get referral for new location) Post office Retirement plan holders Return address labels (order new ones) Schools (BONUS: get copies of transcripts) Snow removal service Social Security Administration Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing) Swimming pool memberships Parent-teacher association Parent-teacher association Veterinarian BONUS get vet records and recommendations Hire/Recruit Hire movers or reserve the truck. Hire a cleaning company to come in and clean after you have moved out, allowing you to concentrate on the new home Recruit help for the move. (If moving yourself, start recruiting friends, family, neighbors and co-workers well in advance. Offer free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks for your workforce, and be sure to deliver as promised!) Get the Essential Moving Supplies At minimum, you will need: Markers to label boxes (preferably wide tip, dark color) Moving boxes Newsprint, packing peanuts or other cushioning material Packing tape Scissors or utility knife Packing Start packing! Start separating cherished items from the non-essential. - You want to be completed for non-essential rooms such as the basement, garage, attic, utility rooms, etc. so you can focus on main living areas in the last weeks. - One of the biggest secrets of moving success is eliminating as many items from the move as possible. - Donate items to charity, give them to friends, prepare them for a yard sale or throw them out. Open Me First Boxes You'll need to access certain packed items almost immediately after you arrive, and they need to be packed together in special boxes (one per room) and marked with either bright red markers or special stickers so you can spot them easily. Create one "Open Me First" box for specific rooms. The specific rooms include: Kitchen: Aluminum foil Break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates Coffee maker (don't forget the filters!) Dish detergent Frying pan and spatula Pet food and bowls Scissors Main Bathroom: Toilet paper Bath mat Bath towels First-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide) Hair dryer Shampoo Shower curtain and rings Soap Toothbrushes and toothpaste Tool room or drawer: Batteries Duct tape Flashlight Flat-head screwdriver Hammer Level Phillips-head screwdriver Picture hangers Tape measure Utility knife Have everyone pack one or two suitcases (no more) Even if you're only moving across the street, having a suitcase with the following, taken with you instead of on the moving truck, will make things easier once you move in: Eyeglasses Favorite toy for the kids Prescriptions Something to read Three days' worth of changes of clothes Toothbrush and toothpaste (if not in "Open Me First" box) Finish off packing for "non-living" rooms. 2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day Make arrangements to return items : Cable/ satellite receiver boxes, remote controls, dishes Cable/DSL modems Carpet shampooer Clothing (borrowed) DVD and video game rentals Library books (neighborhood and school) Tools (borrowed or rented) Trash cans/ recycle bins Unwanted purchases Make arrangements to retrieve items: Clothing at dry cleaners, tailors or in storage Clothing lent to friends Items at repair shops Tools lent to neighbors or friends Banking You may want to open a new safe deposit box at the same time and move all vital papers and jewelry into the box so you don't have to worry about them on moving day. Open bank accounts near your new address. Extra Tips Start eating up perishable food from freezer and refrigerator. Consider holding a "Packing Party." Invite trusted friends over for a "Farewell Packing Party." Provide free food and drinks, provide upbeat background music, and allow friends to tackle projects that require little supervision, such as packing books or pots and pans. Have friends take pictures and send you copies. Hold a yard sale. (You might be surprised to learn that you can earn a few hundred dollars by selling non-essential items, earning you cash and making your move more efficient.) 1 Week Prior to Moving Day Confirm start time, current home address and future home address with movers. Even if you already have this information, it's a good idea to double-check. Recruit friends for "moving day madness." Having extra help for last-minute errands or helping to watch movers and answer questions can be invaluable. Make arrangements for child and/or pet sitting. (Having small children and pets watched on Moving Day can eliminate a lot of stress and confusion on the big day, especially while taking care of all the other important details.) 1 Day Prior to Moving Day Make sure everyone's cell phone is fully charged. (This would be a bad day to be out of contact.) Moving Day Start early. Moving is stressful enough without waking up late and running around with movers waiting outside. Take all garbage out of the house. Movers get into huge trouble for leaving anything behind. Make sure drivers have your cell phone number and you have theirs, along with their names. Things come up on moving day- make sure you have a way to stay in contact. Be available for movers' questions. You need to be visible and available at all times- near the door is usually a good spot. Perform final checks before leaving current home. Are the air conditioning, fans, and heat turned off? Is the water shut off, including to hoses (did you take the hoses)? Are the light switches turned off? Are the keys and garage door openers for current home turned in or left on the kitchen counter? Anything left in refrigerator, freezer, stove, drawer under stove, in closets, in bathroom, under porch, in garage, in attic, in crawlway?
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