6-8 Weeks Before Moving:
This is a great time to begin the details of your move.
- Make a list of items you plan on moving to your new home and items you wish to take to storage.
- Make a list of items to be handled by the mover and those you will handle yourself. Dispose of the items that you do not need and consider a garage sale if you have time.
- Get estimates from several moving companies.
- Research and select a professional moving company. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
- Many moving expenses are deductible. So, maintain a file with important information and receipts for moving related expenses.
- If moving to a new community, find out about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau.
- Transfer medical, property, fire, and auto insurance through your insurance agent.
- Place all your medical records in a safe place. Do not forget prescriptions, vaccination, and pet records and other important information.
4-5 Weeks Before Moving:
- If you are planning to do some of the packing, start collecting moving and packing supplies. Moving supplies are available for purchase at most of our storage facilities.
- Contact the post office, and complete a US Postal change of address form and provide your new address to your telephone company, trash company, cable/satellite, water, electric company, internet provider, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies and any other utility companies.
- Register your children in their new schools. It would be a good idea to involve kids in the moving process. They can help pack their toys and items from their room.
- Contact utility companies – electricity, gas, phone and others for disconnection after your scheduled move out. And call ahead to have utilities connected to your new home.
- If you have pets make arrangements for transportation. Find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new township. Also, obtain the veterinarian records.
2-4 Weeks Before Moving:
- If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe during the loading process.
- Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed. Also, collect items you have loaned to friends.
- You may NOT want to pack your valuables in the moving van, think about taking them with you.
- Plants – some state laws do not allow moving house plants. Plants could be given to friends or perhaps a local charity.
- If you are going to travel by car, you may want to get the automobile serviced prior to your departure.
- Start packing items you don’t currently need. If renting a storage unit, determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
- Don’t forget anything in basements, attics, and closets. Don’t forget about clearing out safety deposit boxes.
- Disassemble your computer and back up important computer files. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
- Dispose of inflammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.