Choose your moving company and confirm arrangements
Select a company of your choice, and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, etc.
Give away, or dispose of anything you no longer need
Go through all rooms in your home and sort through what will move with you, and what will not. Organize a garage sale, or donate any unwanted clothing, furniture, or other household goods. Buy only the foods you will need up until move day, clear out your cupboards and perishable items you will not need prior to the move day.
Notify your friends, family, and place of employment
Arrange to be off from work on your move day. Notify your job so that you can plan to supervise the move. Be sure to notify the important people in your life about your move and ways to keep InTouch. If you have children, begin to prepare them for transition, and give them time to say goodbye.
Separate your valuables
Add items such as jewelry, sentimental items, and important files to safe keepings that you may want to consider personally transporting to your new home.
Submit a change of address
At your local post office, fill out a change of address form. Or you can simply do it online at usps.gov.
Know what you can and cannot move
Be sure to go over the movers list of items that may not be allowed in your shipment.
Start to pack anything you use most infrequently. During your packing, note items of special value that may require additional insurance.
Label and number each box with its contents and the room it is destined for. Pack and label “essentials” of items you may need right away. This will help you keep an inventory of your belongings.
Confirm your travel plans
If you plan on driving to your new home, be sure to get your car tuned and inspected. If you are flying, make sure to book your plane tickets. If needed book any hotels or stops, you will need to make along the way.
Notify other businesses
These services should be made away that your address is changing:
-Auto Finance Company
-Credit Card Companies
-Home Maintenance Services
-Health Care Providers
-Department of Motor Vehicles
-Social Security Administration
-State/Federal Tax Bureau
Clean out your safety deposit box
Remove any contents out of your safety deposit box and put them in safe keepings so that you can take them with you on moving day.
Begin cleaning and do some walk throughs
Clean any rooms in your home that have been empties, such as attics, basements, and closets. Double check to make sure you did not leave anything behind. Make any arrangements to clean your new home. Arrange for any necessary services for your new home that may be easier to do prior to your things arriving.
Notify your moving company
Be sure to follow up with your moving company to re confirm all the details. Find out when they will be arriving and what time.
Stock up on prescriptions you may need during the next couple of weeks.
Pack your suitcase
You want to finish your general packing a few days prior to your move. It’s best to pack a suitcase for everyone in the family with any essentials, valuables, important records, and enough clothes to wear for a few days.
Arrange payment for movers
Make sure you have the correct funds available to pay to the movers. Get cash to have on hand if you wish to tip the movers.
24 Hours-Day of move
Defrost your freezer
If your refrigerator is being transported, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours prior to your move date.
Be hands on
Make it a point to be on hand when the movers arrive. See that all of your items have been loaded and remain close by until loading is complete. Do not sign the inventory list, until a final walk through is done.
Read the Bill of Lading carefully and sign, if it is all correct. Review the inventory list, sign if it is all correct. Make sure to obtain copies of all paper work!