Six Weeks Before You Leave Your Present Address
- Contact the IRS and/or your CPA for tax-deductible information.
- Evaluate your possessions inventory. Can you donate anything? Do you need it all?
- Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
- Subscribe to a local paper in your new community and familiarize yourself with local government, community, and social news and activities.
- Begin the off-site storage process (if applicable).
- Locate high-quality healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
- Complete post-office change of address cards for the following: banks; charge cards; religious organizations; doctors/dentist; relatives and friends; income tax bureau/Social Security Administration/union; insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker; magazines; post office; and schools.
- Clean your closets.
- Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
- Choose a mover. Contact your mover to make arrangements and inquire about insurance coverage.
- If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover.
Four Weeks Before You Leave Your Present Address
- Start packing!
- Send furniture, drapes, and carpets for repair/cleaning as needed.
- Gather auto licensing and registration documents, medical, dental, and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock, and other financial documentation, etc.
- Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV, and trash collection companies for service disconnect /connect at your old and new addresses. Also, ask for final readings.
- Request refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable/internet service.
- Notify your gardener, snow removal service, and pool service (if applicable).
- Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner's, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
Three Weeks Before You Leave Your Present Address
- Make your travel plans.
- Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locale (if necessary).
- Notify your state's motor vehicle bureau of your new address.
- Arrange for childcare on moving day.
Two Weeks Before You Leave Your Present Address
- Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
- Service your car for the trip.
- Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.
One Week Before You Leave Your Present Address
If you're not doing it yourself, have your mover pack.
Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
Consider gathering all valuables and giving them to family or friends to hold until the move is completed.
Disconnect all major appliances.
Contact your moving company for any updates.
Pack first-night items and a survival kit. Keep them in separate boxes in your car. First-night items may include sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes, and flashlight.
Mover's survival kit may include scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, local phone book, masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner, and aspirin or ibuprofen.