Prior to Your Move

  1. 2-4 weeks prior to your move, provide a forwarding address to the post office.
  2. Notify any credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and banks of your address change.
  3. Create a list and notify any friends, relatives, and business colleagues who should be aware of your move.
  4. Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities at your old home and to have them connected at your new one.
  5. Cancel or change any newspaper subscriptions.
  6. Check your insurance coverage for items you are moving. Typically movers will only cover the items they pack.
  7. Clean out your appliances and prepare each item for your move, if applicable.
  8. Make a note of the weight of all the items you will be moving. Long distance moves generally bill according to weight. Keep an eye out. Movers tend to use excessive padding to add weight.
  9. Check on restrictions for using the elevator or any particular exits.
  10. Make sure to mark boxes with items you need the most with “Open First”. This can include: toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.

For Out of Town Moves

  1. Obtain copies of all medical records, prescriptions, and dental records for your family and any pets.
  2. Obtain copies of your child’s school records prior to their transfer.
  3. Ask friends for introductions if they know anyone in your new neighborhood.
  4. Make sure to consider the needs of your pets when traveling. (ex. extra stops, food, etc.)
  5. Always let someone (friend or family member) know the route your plan on taking.
  6. If you cancel your bank account, make sure to carry traveler’s checks or an ATM card until you can open a bank account.
  7. Remember to empty your bank safety deposit box.
  8. Place plants in boxes with holes. This will help with air circulation during cold weather moves.