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Moving Guide

6-8 Weeks

This is a great time to begin the details of your move.



    Separate lists by items you plan on moving to your new home or to storage. Will they be handled by the movers or yourself?



    Give away items that you do not need. Consider a garage sale if you have time.


    Moving company

    Get estimates and discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.



    Maintain a file with important information and receipts since moving expenses are deductible.



    Research about the community from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau.



    Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.


    Important Information

    Place all of your medical records, prescriptions, vaccination and pet records in a safe place.

4-5 Weeks

Be sure to notify your service providers of your move.


    Packaging Materials

    Buy packing boxes and materials. Available at all of our storage facilities.


    Change of Address

    Contact the post office, and complete a US postal change of address form.



    Register your child(ren) in their new schools.



    Notify your service providers of your move. Call ahead and arrange to have utilities disconnected and connected to your new home.



    Find out if there are any specific requirements for pet ownership; and obtain the veterinarian records. Arrange for moving day pet care.

2-4 Weeks

Determine your game plan.



    Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if you have young kids.



    Some state laws do not allow moving house plants. Consider giving them to friends or a local charity.



    If traveling by car, you may want to get it serviced prior to your moving day departure.



    Start cleaning, sorting and packing. If renting a storage unit, label the boxes and drop off what you currently don’t need.


    Don’t Forget

    Clear out anything in basements, attics, closets and safety deposit boxes. Also, collect loaned items to friends.



    Take a photo of how your electronics are connected. Back up computer files and disassemble large items.


    Hazardous Items

    Dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.

1 Week

Last minute details.



    To ensure the safety of your items, label your boxes ‘Fragile’, ‘Load First’, ‘Load Last’ and ‘Do Not Load’.



    Make sure the moving company has the correct address and a phone number to get in touch with you until you reach your new home.



    Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least one day before moving.



    Pack a separate bag/box with the essentials you need immediately upon arrival. Carry traveler’s checks or cash for quick payments.

Moving Day


    Loading Process

    Be present, thoroughly inspect the premises and see to it that nothing is left behind.


    Lock Up

    Turn off all the switches and lock all of the windows and doors.



    There must be someone to direct the movers. The driver must have your name and phone number. Remember to get the driver’s contact info as well.


    Be Patient

    If you reach your new home before your mover, sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.



    Make sure there are no missing or damaged items using your inventory list. Plan out the placement of major items in your home.


    New State

    You will need to renew your driver’s license and other legal papers. Locate hospitals, police stations and fire stations near your new home.