Moving Preparation Checklist

Things You Can Do As Soon As You Know Your New Address

  • As long as you know your new address you can notify the Post Office anytime. Just tell them when you want delivery to stop at your current address and when you want it to start at the new one. It usually takes 3 to 5 business days for this change to take effect so if you wait until the last minute, expect delays and disruptions in your service.
  • Even though the utilities may be on already at your new address you still need to pay deposits and put them into your own name. Might as well get this out of the way while you have time to concentrate.
  • Schedule the dates for disconnection at your present address and connection at your new address. It's important to make sure that your cable company or satellite network know that you are discontinuing service at the old address â?? even if you're keeping the same service at your new address. Don't assume anything with these service providers. If you tell them you're moving, they'll be happy to hook up your new service â?? and charge you for both!
  • Whether you just need a small trailer or an entire moving van, call now and reserve it. Like everybody else in the world, you'll probably be moving on a weekend. So get your name on a truck now.
  • If you've got the time before your move this is a great time to have a yard sale. Get rid of everything that you haven't touched in the last year. Not only will you save money on your move but you'll make a few bucks to buy that new rug or those pretty curtains that you want for the new place.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to notify your current landlord if you're a renter. If you give him plenty of time to get the place rented before you move he may just be kind enough to give you back your full deposit.
  • Don't just start throwing things in boxes. Plan your packing. Pack valuables and things you'll need immediately separately and carry them with you in your own vehicle. Sort out things that you're going to sell or give away. Then pick a room close to the door and make it your staging area where you'll stack boxes as you pack them.
  • Let schools know when you'll be moving and the name of your children's new school so they can get the records transferred.
  • If you're moving to a new city, make sure you get all of your family's medical records so you can take them with you. This is also a good time for dental checkups or vaccinations if they're coming up soon after the move that way you won't have to rush to find doctors as soon as you get to the new house.
  • Go ahead and notify friends and family and don't forget magazine subscriptions. You'll also need to notify your credit card companies, and any banks or lending companies where you have loans.

Two Weeks Before You Move

One Week Before You Move