When relocating, get
organized! Our Relocation Checklist presents a clear
timetable and outlines your next tasks at each step.
One Month Before Moving ?
Pick up a Change-of-Address Kit from the Post Office and
fill out: Friends and family, Banks, Insurance companies,
Credit card companies, Magazines and newspapers - cancel
local newspaper delivery, Doctors, Dentists and other
providers - transfer drug prescriptions, Past employer - for
W2 forms and I'm sure you can think of others.
Take a look around the house. Start to think about what you
don't want to take with you. Use up perishable foods. Sell,
donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items.
Prepare a list of what you want to move
For full service moves: Get written estimates from several
moving companies. Get appraisals of high-value items in case
of future claims.
Will the mover pack for
What items won't they
For do-it-yourself moves: Make arrangements for truck rental
and moving help, and buy packing supplies - Boxes, packing,
masking tape, markers, newspapers, and twine.
Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly as to contents and
room to be placed in. Mark "Open First" clearly on
boxes containing important items to be packed first: dishes,
pots and pans, alarm clock, bedding, special toys, towels,
lightbulbs, tools - hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, wrench,
Contact your child's new school and notify them of your
upcoming move to the area.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new town. Request a
Check and clear any tax assessments on your current
Complete any necessary repairs. Arrange for any repairs in
your new house.
Two Weeks Before Moving
Stop by and make arrangements for picking up your important
records: Birth, Doctor, Dentist, Legal, Optician, etc.
Close out your bank accounts: Checking, Savings, Safe
Start a new bank account in your new town. Transfer account
from current bank.
Pack your vital documents in one place: Passports, Military
records, Mortgage records, Marriage license, Birth
certificates, Vehicle titles, Stock certificates, Insurance
papers, Bank records, School records, Medical records, Tax
Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds
for any deposits made. Have meters read. Give new address
for them to send their final bill: Cable, Electric, Gas,
Fuel, Telephone, Water.
Make arrangements to connect your utilities at your new
Make arrangements for cleaning both your old home and new
Inquire about your new state's auto licensing procedure and
auto insurance rates.
Check with your insurance company about transferring
coverage to your new home.
Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house
on moving day.
One Week Before Moving
Dispose or drain any flammable items: Lawn mower gas, Snow
blower, Gas cans, Paint, Aerosol cans.
Plan what goes in the car with you:
Toys and games for kids
Special breakable items or
Important documents and
Change of clothes
Toiletries for your first
Make travel arrangements for your pets and plants.
Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable antiques and
Have your car tuned up.
The Day Before Moving
Defrost, clean and air out your refrigerator. Clean your
Make sure you have payment ready for the mover - they may
not unpack without a check. Check your moving company's
Purchase traveler's checks for other possible expenses.
Pack your former town's phone book for future
Get a simple breakfast ready for the next morning.
Pick up ice and beverages for moving day.
Get a good night's sleep!
Strip your beds. Moving company - will they disassemble?
Show your movers around. Make sure your possessions to be
moved are inventoried with them. Write "subject to
further inspection for concealed loss or damage" on
contract when you sign to protect yourself should you find
further damage while unpacking.
Get all keys together and put in a safe spot.
Make sure moving van driver has correct address, phone
number and directions to new location. Confirm delivery date
Check all rooms one last time. Remember closets and
cupboards, basement and garage!
Make sure all windows and doors are locked.
Remember - many of your
moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang on to your
receipts. Call the Internal Revenue Service and request
Publication 521: "Tax Information On Moving
Expenses" to find out which moving expenses you can