One Month Before Moving
- Assemble legal papers including mortgage, deed, insurance, tax and survey documents and delivery them to your lawyer.
- Fill out change of address order form for post office.
- Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
- Make travel arrangements, if necessary.
- Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic or service organizations.
- Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
- Set up a checking account in your new community.
- Check into the laws and requirements of your new location regarding home-based businesses, zoning regulations, business licenses and any special regulations that might be applicable to you.
- Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
- Make arrangements for transporting pets.
- Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
One To Two Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, water, telephone and cable companies of your move.
- Arrange for help on moving day.
- Confirm travel reservations.
- Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
- Close bank accounts and have your funds transferred to your new bank. Before closing accounts, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
- Collect valuables from safety-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents.
- Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered during and after the move.
- Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close friend or relative your moving schedule so you may be reached if needed.
On Moving Day
- Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
- Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
- Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
- Carry an operating cell phone for contingencies.
After Arriving At New Home
- Report new address for your driver's license, auto registration and plates.
- Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
- Keep the following supplies handy for packing: Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper and tissue
- Tape and scissors
- Tape measure
- Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
- Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
- Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
- Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
- Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
- Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
- Pack medicines in a leakproof container.
- Carry all valuables with you.
Moving House Plants -
A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
- Prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.
A Week Before Your Move
- Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper.
- Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist.
- If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
Consumer complaints against moving companies have been rising. Following are some tips that can help your move go smoothly.
- Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is written in the contract.
- Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
- Movers are limited by law regarding what they can give you for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check existing homeowner's or renter's policy.
- Ask about expected gratuities and write into contract.
- Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10%.
- Be sure all charges are listed on contract.
- Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
- Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt.
- Document an inventory of your belongings before you pack.