Moving Tips and Timetable

Moving is a fun and exciting time, but there is a lot to think about. Here are some recommendations of things to do prior to a move.


4 Weeks Before
  • Establish a moving expense log
  • Reserve a truck or contract a moving company
  • Send out address change notifications
  • Collect your Vital Records (medical, insurance, DMV, school, tax, etc.)
  • Identify items you will be moving (have a garage sale and/or donate the remainder)

3 Weeks Before 
  • Procure boxes & other packing materials (if applicable)
  • Begin packing seldom used items
  • Make travel/hotel/car reservations
  • Arrange for service of automobiles

2 Weeks Before 
  • Plan for special needs of infants & small children
  • Consult a veterinarian about pet transportation
  • Cancel any home delivery service(s)
  • Schedule disconnection dates for all utilities & other services
  • Transfer bank accounts to your new area
  • Recruit some help for moving day (if applicable)
  • Set aside items you will need when you arrive at your new home
  • Begin serious packing/storage of remainder of household

1 Week Before 
  • Pick-up items you've loaned out or have had serviced
  • Return borrowed items (including videos, library books, etc.)
  • Transfer prescriptions to pharmacy in new area
  • Drain fuel from power equipment and dispose of other flammable material

  • Defrost refrigerator & freezer
  • Pack a travel kit

Moving Day
  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving & initial living expenses
  • Inventory all items & boxes as they are loaded onto the truck
  • Walk through the house, checking closets & other storage areas
  • Lock all windows & doors
  • Check that all appliances are off & leave refrigerator/freezer door ajar
  • Leave a note so that the next occupant can reach you
  • Leave all keys needed by new occupant
  • Turn off lights & heat
  • Notify neighbors/police that the premises are vacant