to accomplish the tasks on this list at least 8 weeks before you
move. If you are moving in less than 8 weeks, you will want to
make sure that these tasks are accomplished as soon as possible!
- Book a rental truck if necessary.
- Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
- Make doctor and dentist appointments so you don't have
to make these visits immediately after the move. Inform them
of your move and request copies of your records. Ask if they
can provide referrals.
- Hold a moving sale or donate all unwanted items to charity.
- Keep a running list of items that you will need to replace
when you relocate.
- Check with your insurance company to find out how your
possessions are covered during transit. If you will be moving
items of extraordinary value, try to find sales slips for
them. Have antiques, artwork, jewelry, collectibles, musical
instruments and other valuables appraised. Take photos or
videos of the items.
- Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be
moved. Donate nonperishable items to a local food bank.
- Arrange for special transportation of pets, plants and
any fragile or valuable items.
- File a change of address at your local post office.
- Arrange for new subscriptions, subscription forwarding
or subscription cancelling.
- Get a copy of the IRS publication relevant to moving from
the library. It will be easier to fill out now than when
tax season rolls around.
- Check to see if you need any moving permits.
- Stock up on boxes and packing material.
- Arrange for local phone service.
- Transfer your bank accounts and establish an account in
your new location before the move if possible.
- Transfer prescriptions and make sure you have an adequate
supply of medications on hand.
- Return any borrowed items and retrieve any loaned items.
- Start packing! As you pack begin to take inventory of your
- Close your safe-deposit box at the bank.
- Confirm any travel reservations.
- Clean lawn mower and drain gas and oil from power equipment.
Disconnect any spark plugs.
or Three Days Before
- Disconnect and prepare major appliances for moving.
- Finish up packing. Pack a box of items that you will use
immediately at your new home.
- If renting, have your landlord or superintendent look at
your place to determine what portion of the safety deposit
will be refunded.
- Take down remaining curtains, blinds and shelves.
- Do a throrough cleaning, including emptying and cleaning
- Leave a telephone number and forwarding address with a neighbor
in case of emergency.
- Do one last cleaning with the house empty.
- Make sure all lights and remaining appliances are turned
- Check your belongings and note on the inventory any damaged
- Take one last walk through the house and make sure everything
has been packed.
- Supervise loading if using professional movers.