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Home Moving Checklist
This home moving checklist can help you make your life easier when moving into a new house.
6 to 8 weeks prior:
- Purchase or rent moving supplies: tape, markers, scissors, pocketknife, newspaper, blankets, moving pads, plastic storage bins, rope, and a hand truck. Free boxes can usually be obtained at a local supermarket, but consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for clothes.
- Have a garage sale to clear out unwanted items and plan accordingly. Consider donating unwanted items.
- Keep a detailed record of all moving expenses. Your costs (and donations) may be tax-deductible depending on the reasons for your move.
2 weeks prior:
- Hire a mover you trust or rent a moving truck and start talking to your friends and family block out the date to help you with your move. If hiring a moving company, be sure to get referrals or references, check with the Better Business Bureau, get estimates and purchase moving insurance.
- Two weeks before your moving day, contact your telephone, electric, gas, cable/satellite, refuse and water companies to set a specific date when service will be discontinued. Contact utility companies in your new neighborhood about service start dates, including Internet and telephone services.
- Notify healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) of your move and ask for referrals and record transfers.
- Register children for school and ask for school records to be transferred.
- Notify lawn service, cleaning and security companies when service should be terminated.
- Advise the post office, publications and correspondents of change of address and date of move.
- Check your homeowners’ insurance and make arrangements for new coverage.
- Have tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.
- Give every room a final once over. Don’t forget to check the basement, yards, attic, garage, and closets.
- Have the final payment for the movers and money for a tip.
- Don’t forget to check in with Ted Weaver as he may be able to provide useful local advice and/or referrals.
Move valuables (jewelry, legal documents, family photos, and collections) yourself – don’t send them with the moving company. Make sure you have a complete home inventory of all your possessions.