Eight Weeks Before Your Move
Start packing YESTERDAY. It is a good idea to begin with items
seldom seen or seldom used.
Have a plan addressing
everything you want to move and anything you do not want to
move. Check with local charities, or organize some type of
yard sale to eliminate the things you do not want to move.
Begin to get estimates
from moving companies if you plan to utilize their services.
Moving companies fill up fast and it is imperative to
find out movers prices, method of payment, and company moving
insurance policies. If you plan to move yourself, begin to
secure boxes and help.
Change or transfer your
Insurance agents need plenty of leeway to
transfer or discontinue service. You do not want to be
without coverage. Contact your agent now so that the
appropriate action can be taken or click
here to improve your coverage.
Research your employers moving policies paying particular
attention to moving expenses paid by your employer and those
expenses expected to be absorbed by you.
Begin to make decisions concerning your plants as most
moving companies will not move plants.
Contact utility companies and begin to inquire about setting up new
Before Your Move
Secure all of your family's medical, dental and prescription
Obtain your children's school records. Be sure that their shot
records are up to date.
Pet Records, Tips & Suggestions
If you have pets, it is a good idea to contact your vet to retrieve
all of their files as well. For more pet moving tips & information,
please click here.
Safe Deposit Box
Invest in a safe deposit box to protect your valuables during the
utility companies of your move in order to set cut off dates and ask
about refunds of security deposits.
Post Office & Change of Address
Contact your post office and all subscription services including
newspapers, magazines, water companies, etc. to alert them to your
Before Your Move
Change of Address Forms
Now is the time to fill out and file change of address cards with
the Post Office, if you haven't used the easy.
Close or Transfer Bank Accounts
If you have to close or transfer checking and/or savings accounts
with your bank, do so now. Remember to leave yourself enough cash or
travelers checks to cover moving expenses and those unexpected
expenses. Let's face it, no one wants to think about cooking when
Use common sense and begin planning to clean all your appliances,
especially your major ones. Have a plan of action for the food in
your refrigerator and your deep freeze. If you plan to rent or
purchase please click here.
Prepare your vehicle for travel, and rent a trailer
If you are going to be driving your vehicle, you should service your
vehicle now if that is required. Check your tires, oil, belts,
fluids, and make sure you have enough gas. If you are going to tow
your vehicle, make arrangements now for the trailer by clicking here.
Kids & Pets
It is extremely important to pay special attention to the needs of
children when moving. Make sure children are comfortable when your
move occurs. Make sure your pets are comfortable also. For pet
moving tips & information, please click here.
Moving Care Package
Prepare a care package for you and your family which would include
such things as money, prescription medicine, food, drinks, pillows
and linens, etc. Make sure the appropriate boxes and luggage that
are necessary for your family to travel are separated and
Retrieve & Pack Valuables
Remember to retrieve all of your valuables from the safe deposit box
that you rented six weeks before your move occurred.
Take gasoline out of everything that you are planning to move. This
includes lawnmowers, motorcycles, go carts, snow blowers, trimmers,
Immediately "After" Your Move
By now you know if all of your utilities are in working order.
If not, check with the proper authorities.
Check appliances & belongings for damage
Make sure all of your appliances are working properly and were not
damaged by your moving company. If you need to rent new appliances,
please click here.
If there was any damage to your belongings during the move, report
it to the moving company immediately.
Emergency Phone Numbers & Medical Facilities
Secure all emergency phone numbers and locate the nearest medical
facility. Important emergency phone numbers for your new city can be
Change your driver's license information. You may need to locate the
nearest DPS office to determine what procedure you need. To find a
DMV near you please click
Determine policies for registering your children in school. For Childcare assistance, please click
Explore and meet your new neighbors!
Explore your surroundings. No one knows more about your new location
than people already living there. Ask your neighbors where to get
your car inspected or where to vote. Ask about restaurants or movie
theaters. Get to know the people living around you. There is no
greater resource, and you just may need one of them someday!
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