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Moving Day Checklist

Preparation and organization are key in determining whether or not your move will be stress-free. Follow the steps below to ensure that yours will be smooth. 

One Month Before the Move
  • Make arrangements to hire a mover or rent a truck.

  • Make babysitting and/or pet care arrangements for moving day.

  • File a change of address form at the post office.

  • Change your address on all newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

  • Arrange for the transfer of all medical, dental, and school records.

  • Transfer medical, property, fire, and auto insurance.

  • Organize all move-related documents in one place, such as a folder or binder.

Two Weeks Before the Move
  • Cancel or transfer all utilities (water, gas, electric, telephone, lV/cable/satellite/lntemet service).

  • Check with your provider about cell phone service in your new location.

  • Transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy near your new location.

  • Transfer bank accounts.

  • Collect or purchase all packing supplies: boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, labels, markers, box cutters or scissors and packing tape.

  • Pack up items in garage, attic and storage areas.

  • Confirm arrangements with movers or truck rental place.

One Week Before the Move
  • Begin packing boxes, labeling each as you fill it.

  • Empty, defrost, and clean refrigerator, freezer, and stove.

  • Return all rented movies, library books, video games, etc.

  • Pick up anything outstanding such as dry cleaning, prescriptions, etc. 

The Day Before the Move
  • Do a final check of closets, cabinets and drawers.

  • Make sure you have enough cash on hand for the move.

  • Take out all trash.

  • Fully charge all cell phones.

  • Touch base with movers or truck rental place for a final confirmation of arrangments.

The Day of the Move
  • Exchange contact information with the movers in case you need to get in touch with them while in route. Include your old/new address, cell phone number, and directions to the new location.

  • Keep jewelry and other valuables with you, in a box that you move yourself.

  • Prepare a box of supplies that you will need right away on move-in day, such as cleaning supplies, snacks & beverages, toilet, bath and bedding items, trash bags, disposable dishes, pet food, cell phone chargers, prescriptions, eyeglasses, changes of clothing, etc.

  • Do a final check before locking the doors. Confirm that you have turned off the furnace/air conditioner, lawn sprinklers, and light switches. Have you turned over or left the keys and garage door openers?

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