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Month Before Moving
- Fill out change
of address order form for post office.
- Fill out an
IRS change of address form.
- Make arrangements
with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
- Make travel
arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental
agencies and hotels.
- Transfer memberships
in churches, clubs and civic 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 city.
- Check into
the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based
businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any
special laws 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
- Make arrangements
for transporting pets.
- Start using
up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly
To Two Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility
services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water,
newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies
of your move.
- Arrange for
help on moving day.
- Confirm travel
- 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 wired to your new bank. Before
closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic
payments that haven't been processed.
- Collect valuables
from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents
before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
- Check with
your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your
homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
- Defrost freezer
and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close
friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may
be reached if needed.
- Double check
closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they
- Carry important
documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered
- Carry travelers
checks for quick, available funds.
Arriving At New Home
- Renew your
driver's license, auto registration and tags.
- Shop around
for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
- Revise your
will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher
- 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
- Check with
your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations
regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states
have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs
or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.
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