60 Days before move date

  1. If you are moving on your own, obtain estimates from 3 professional moving companies.
  2. Begin making an inventory of all the furniture that you will be relocating to your new home. If you are planning on insuring valuables, have them appraised.
  3. Obtain ‘change of address’ forms from your local post office.
  4. Contact schools in your new town to determine which records are required for transfer.
  5. Obtain a floor plan of your new residence to begin planning furniture placement.
  6. Research health care professionals in your new town.
  7. Research veterinary professionals (if necessary) in your new town.
  8. Locate financial institutions and establish accounts in your new town.
  9. Clean out your closets.
  10. Assemble and organize all valuable personal papers.
  11. If your move is job-related, the expenses associated may be eligible for a tax deductible. Begin to keep records of all move-related expenses and documents.

30 Days

  1. Notify your friends and family of your new address.
  2. Secure your desired move dates with the mover of your choice. Communicate anticipated storage needs you may have at this time. Please note that if your desired move date(s) falls between May 1st and September 30th, confirm at least 6 weeks prior.
  3. Hold a garage sale or arrange to have items picked up for donation.
  4. Notify all credit card companies of your new address.
  5. Make travel arrangements (hotels, trains, planes, etc.). Pay attention to arrival schedules since you will need to be at your new residence prior to your mover’s arrival.
  6. Contact current schools regarding records transfer.
  7. Unless you have contracted with a full-service moving company – Start Packing.

20 Days

  1. Transfer Medical, Dental and Prescription information to new health providers.
  2. Begin using up food and cleaning supplies.
  3. Notify State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
  4. Arrange to move your pets if they are not traveling with you.
  5. Ensure your vehicle is serviced if you are traveling by car to your new home.

10 Days

  1. Arrange to have your utilities turned on in your new home.
  2. Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
  3. Dispose of all items that cannot be transported (flammables, perishables, aerosol cans, etc.).
  4. Defrost all refrigerators and freezers that are moving.
  5. Drain and dry all waterbeds that are moving.
  6. Drain gasoline from lawnmowers and other machinery.
  7. Return library books, videos and other borrowed or rented items.

2 Days

  1. Disconnect your appliances.
  2. If you are packing yourself, all packing should be complete.
  3. Ensure that you have enough medication for 2 weeks.
  4. Pack enough clothing for 2 weeks.
  5. Backup all data stored on your computers.
  6. Prepare your ‘first on, first off’ box. This should contain items that you will need readily accessible when you arrive in your new home. Include toilet paper, trash bags, aspirin, flashlight, scissors, telephone and a tool kit.