Checklist for Moving - This Should Ease the Process
We live in a mobile society. Families move at least four or five times during a lifetime. The experience of moving can be traumatic, but it need not be.
When you first know you are going to move, begin to plan carefully with the entire family. A move affects all family members according to their needs and interests. Full discussion of these needs, and an honest desire to meet them, will help achieve what may be called MR (moving readiness).
Making a checklist and a schedule of actions including some that follow, can make moving easier.
Four to Six Weeks Before Moving
- Check with your moving companies. Request a household goods survey in your home. Before an agent comes for the survey, make your own personal household inventory. Show agent everything to be moved. Get a written “Estimated Cost of Services.” The estimate is only a price guideline, but it will provide a figure for planning. Exact cost cannot be determined until the van is loaded and weighed.
- Use up frozen food. If you must move frozen food, check with mover for detailed instructions.
Send change-of-address cards to:
Credit card companies
Social Security office
A free change-of-address kit may be obtained at your local post office.
Notify utilities of cut-off dates for:
Fuel oil Company
For some of these you may be due refunds.
- Tell utility companies where you are moving and when you will want the service.
- Ask your insurance agency to transfer insurance to your new home.
- Arrange for transfer of legal documents, especially wills. Contact an attorney in your new location to determine if a new will is needed.
- When you visit your new home, take along a tape measure to help determine placement of appliances and furniture.
- If expecting a tax refund check, notify federal and state tax authorities of your new address.
- Obtain referrals for doctors and dentists in your new location. Request transfer of medical and dental records.
- Inform schools of your moving plans. Review with teachers your children’s records.
- Arrange for the closing or transfer of charge accounts. Keep present credit cards, hunting and fishing licenses, and other cards until you are sure they have no value in your new location.
- Establish credit in your new location. Consult your banker and arrange for transfer of funds and safe deposit box contents.
- If you are working with a new company, obtain personal records, including W-2 forms, from your former employer.
- Secure letters of recommendation from your civic organization presidents, and business associates.
- Notify the state motor vehicle bureau of your new address.
- If you plan to do the packing yourself, start collecting boxes and packing materials.
Two to Three Weeks Before Moving
- Start packing if you are doing it yourself.
- Check with the moving company you are to use. Verify all agreements and plans. Ask any questions you have about the move.
- Notify post office of new address and effective date.
- If leaving appliances in your old home, have them checked by a service man. Leave appliance warranties in a conspicuous place for new owners.
- Make family travel plans. Make advance motel reservations if needed.
- Prepare your car for the trip. If you are towing a second car, be sure your towing attachments are adequate and in good condition.
- Have rugs and drapes cleaned and wrapped if your are to use them in the new home.
- Apply a light coat of good paste wax to your furniture, especially to pieces you want to protect from scratching and dents. Don’t use heavy wax or an oily-type polish as these provide little protection.
- Return library books and things borrowed from neighbors. Collect items loaned to others.
- Let your children have a “going away” party for their friends. They will enjoy telling friends about where they will be living.
- Set a date for having utilities disconnected (moving day or perhaps the day before). Keep phone service through moving day to take care of last-minute calls.
Last Week Before Moving
- Empty lawn mower and other gasoline-powered implements. Dispose of any flammables, such as paint and turpentine. Assemble all yard tools to be moved.
- Empty the refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least twenty-four hours before movers arrive.
- Take your telephone directory. You may need to contact former doctors, dentists, or others.
- Pack a “First Things First” box containing items you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home. Include cleaning supplies, paper plates and cups, snack items such as cereals, and the like. Ask the movers to load the “First Things First” box last and unload it first.
- See that the family has a good, substantial breakfast. If you spent the previous night at home, you would have planned in advance to have convenience foods and disposable dishes and utensils.
- Be on hand when the movers arrive. If you cannot be there, let the movers know who will take your place.
- Accompany the van operator as he goes through the house tagging and numbering each piece of furniture. These numbers, along with a description of your goods, will be included on the inventory.
- Remain on premises until all goods are loaded. Before the van leaves, make a final tour of the house. Sign the inventory and get a duplicate copy.
- Make sure the van operator has your correct new address. Let him know how and where you can be reached pending arrival of your household goods.
- Leave a note showing your new address so new occupants will know how to forward mail to you.
- Lock the house and leave the keys in some prearranged location.
Now you can drive away without anyone in the family asking, “Have we left anything?”