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Moving Checklist

Four to six weeks prior to moving:

  • Consider having a garage sale or donating to charity to dispose of unwanted items.
  • Begin to use up all frozen and canned food.
  • Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses that need to be notified of your move.
  • Fill out change-of-address cards. If you don’t know your permanent address the post office will hold your mail for you.

Two to three weeks prior to moving:

  • Begin to pre-register your children in their new school.
  •  Collect all medical, dental and veterinary records.
  • Determine what moving expenses are tax-deductible. Local IRS office should have the appropriate information.
  • Contact an insurance agent in the area so your new home, automobiles and personal possessions will be covered when you move.
  • Have automobiles serviced before the move.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian and obtain health and rabies certificates. Make arrangements to transport family pets.
  • Call for telephone, utility and appliance installations in your new home.
  • Transfer bills, bank statements, financial documents, etc. to your new address.
  • Donate any food items that you do not want to move to a local food bank.

One week prior to moving:

  • Pack everything that will not be packed by the mover.
  • Discontinue newspaper service.
  • Collect all valuables and personal documents from safe deposit box.
  • Reconcile and then close checking accounts. Get cash or traveler’s checks for the move.
  • Withdraw and/or transfer savings accounts.

Three days prior to moving:

  • Schedule moving company to arrive.
  • Pack for the move.
  • Carefully supervise movers.
  • Make sure you double-check your inventory and check all paperwork before signing.
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