Plan Your Move – A checklist of Things to do
PLANNING YOUR MOVE
Get estimates from at least 2-3 movers. Choose one and set the date.
Notify local utility companies a week in advance (Electric, Gas, Water, Phone, Cable, Internet, etc.) you will be disconnecting service at your old home and where to send the final bill. If you are moving to a new place, notify the local utility companies and let them know your expected startup date for new service. Find out if they need you to pay a deposit in advance, or can they just bill you.
If you have cable boxes, leased modems or other equipment, they will need to be returned. Contact your cable company for their procedure and find out where you can drop them off. Many have local drop boxes where you can just drop it in a box and leave.
Change of Address
Pick up a change of address card at your local post office. You can either give it to the post office directly, or place it in your mailbox.
Also contact your life, health, auto and homeowners insurance companies, credit card companies, magazine/newspaper subscriptions, doctors’ offices and your family and friends of the change of address.
You can now change the address on your license by mail or the internet. Also remember to change the address on your vehicle registration when you renew.
Either transfer, close or open a new bank account. You may have to fill out a signature card and order new checks if necessary. Don’t forget about your safe deposit box if you own one. (This must be done at the bank)
Arrange in advance to have children’s school records transferred from their old school. Also find out the procedure for registration at the new school and what documents or information you will need to bring with you.
Insurance Policy & Transfers
Life, Health, Long Term Care Insurance, etc., must be notified of your change of address as well. Check to see if your insurance policy will cover your personal items en route to your new home.
Register to Vote
Some areas require a time period of residency before you are eligible to vote. Check on this as soon as you know your intended arrival date
Refill all Medications
If you are moving out of the area, your pharmacist can possibly provide you with the procedure for forwarding prescriptions to your new pharmacist. Or make sure your doctor gives you new prescriptions to take with you.
Donate, sell or discard everything you don’t need or want. It’s time to start downsizing for your move. How many garbage pick-up days do you have left before your move? Utilize those days!
Call charitable organizations to pick up items for a possible tax deduction. Ask your friends and family in if they want anything so you can make those arrangements in advance.
Make Lists & Labels
As you pack, label each box with its destination room in your new home. Make an inventory list of the contents of each box and approximate the value for insurance purposes. You might want to photograph your furniture and valuable possessions.
Begin by packing seldom-used items, including off-season clothing, holiday decorations, fine china, crystal and flatware.
Mark Immediate-Use items
Clearly mark the items you will need upon arrival. Load them last so they are easily accessible or carry them with you
Make sure irreplaceable items are adequately insured during transit, or transport them yourself.
Use or discard opened or perishable food and beverages. If moving opened items, use packing tape to seal opened bottles and containers to prevent leakage during transit, or you can donate your un-opened food to a food bank.
If you are selling your home, you have to pass it on to the buyer in clean condition. Not spotless, but clean. Moving and packing are exhausting, so you might want to schedule a cleaning person for a light cleaning in advance to show up AFTER the movers, and BEFORE the new buyers take possession. It’s worth every penny.