60 Days Before You Move
Read FrontDoor.com stories about the moving industry, types of
movers and how to avoid moving scams.
Get quotes from at least three moving companies.
Hire the mover with the best quote, reputation and record.
Determine how many packing supplies you’ll need and designate a
room where you can begin to store and organize.
If you are being transferred by work, understand your company’s
Pare down—use up, sell, recycle or donate anything you don’t want
to move. Make it a family project.
Make a moving folder or booklet—include an inventory of your
household items with a video or photos.
Start planning a garage sale to reduce the amount of stuff you need
to move, and earn some extra cash on the side.
Make a packing plan—assign everyone a task and involve the kids.
Unless you’re packing materials new, keep an eye out for used
items that could be used for packing, like old towels and sheets that
could be used for packing material.
Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, re and
auto insurance policies, and while you have them on the phone—be
sure to ask about coverage while you’re in transit.
Create a designated folder for moving-related expenses where you
can le all receipts. Read FrontDoor’s story “Moving Expenses:
What’s Tax Deductable?” for more information.
Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling
(800) 829-1040 or visiting http://www.irs.gov.
Notify old and new schools and arrange for the transfer of school
records and begin the process of registering in new schools.
Notify doctors and dentists of moves, and seek referrals and collect
all medical, dental and school records to ensure you do not forget to
obtain them at a later date; some require permission for this. Keep
these in a safe place.
Belong to any national associations? Be sure to transfer member-
ship to your new hometown.
Your Family and Pets:
Make travel arrangements for you and your family. Be sure to arrive
well before your movers’ scheduled arrival.
If you’re nearing a pet’s regular exam, schedule it now, and start
getting recommendations for veterinarians in your new town.
30 Days Before You Move
Check with your mover to conrm the details of the move are set.
Reserve a storage unit, if necessary.
If you are packing on your own, begin packing out-of-season and
rarely used items now.
Make an unpacking plan for the new home.
Make the arrangements to connect and disconnect your cable,
internet and utilities.
Create an inventory of your stuff so that you can compare against
the moving company’s list.
Are you taking appliances? If so, draw up a plan for how to handle them.
Arrange childcare and pet care for the day of your move.
14 Days Before You Move
Begin cleaning any rooms in your house that have been emptied,
such as closets, basements or attics, and check to make sure you
did not leave anything unpacked.
Moving plants? Check on their special moving needs.
Arrange for any services for your new home that will be easier to do
before your things arrive: carpet-cleaning, wood oor cleaning,
Find pharmacies in your new town that you can transfer your
family’s prescriptions over to. Make sure you have enough required
medication in case you don’t locate a new pharmacist/doctor
Organize important documents—will, passport, deeds, nancial
statements—to carry with you when you move; make copies that
you can pack with your household goods, but carry the originals
Contact or visit your local Post Ofce to obtain a Change of Address
form. You can also obtain this form online at http://www.usps.com.
Give a change of address to the following: Banks, schools, friends &
family, insurance companies, doctors and specialists, cell phone
providers, credit card companies and magazine and newspaper
Check the requirements for a new driver’s license and complete
auto registration at your new motor vehicle location.
Let service providers—landscapers, cleaning services—know
you’re moving, and look for new ones in your new hometown.
Your Family and Pets:
If time permits, you may also want to take you and your family to a
dentist and/or eye doctor to get your routine check ups done.
Encourage children to make an address book of friends.