Countdown to a Stress-Free, Hassle-Free and Successful Relocation
We always recommend our customers that they start the moving process at least one month before the scheduled date. This will allow you plenty of time to get organized and to get all the essential details together before the actual move. Of course, this also reduces the risk of last minute problems and will make sure that your move is a smooth one!
4 weeks before the move
- File an address change form at the Post Office
- Notify everyone about your new address (subscriptions, creditors, clubs, etc.)
- Gather your family’s medical records, organize them and start asking for recommendations for new doctors and dentists at your new location.
- Start de-cluttering and sort your belongings. Decide on what you can sell, donate or throw away.
- Create an inventory of your belongings including purchases date and value estimations.
- Contact your local utility companies at your current location and destination to discuss turning on/off the facilities.
- Notify your kids’ schools and other organizations about the relocation.
3 weeks before the move
- Sort out the items that you will pack on your own
- Figure out how to place your furniture in your new home. This can be done by taking measurements and drawing up a floor plan.
- Update your phonebook with all important names, addresses and telephone numbers.
- Confirm your move date with your movers.
- Contact your bank to transfer anything you have stored within a safety deposit box.
- Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see whether relocation is covered.
- Transfer your insurance policy to cover theft, fire and personal property at your new house.
2 weeks before the move
- If your move includes a vehicle, make sure to top off all liquids such as antifreeze and oil. Make arrangements to have the gas tank less than half full.
- Organize your own trip to the new home and start packing up for the first couple of days there. This includes packing up an ‘open first’ box.
- Service the appliances in your current home and discuss servicing of appliances at the new home.
- Dispose of any flammable items such as aerosol cans, bleach, matches, gasoline and cleaning fluids.
- Contact the services providers to discontinue trash-pick up, newspaper delivery and other regular services.
- Finalize your arrangements for the larger items (sofa, exercise equipment, TV antenna, etc.)
1 week before the move
- Organize the payment for your mover at the destination. If your move is being paid for by your employer or previous credit approval, make sure to double check everything before moving date.
- Transfer your bank accounts.
- Arrange for your local phone service to be disconnected and the destination phone service to be connected.
- Pack up the items that you are taking with you (jewelry, documents, etc.). Set them aside in a safe place.
- Empty up your refrigerator.
- Drain the fuel from all gas powered equipment that you will be transporting (lawn mower, etc.).
1 day before the move
- Check your ‘open first’ box and add anything it lacks. Put this in your vehicle or arrange for it to be taken by your movers.
- Verify that all packing services are done before you sign for them. This is usually done on the day in which the packing is complete.
- Defrost your refrigerator. Dry and clean it up
- Arrange your trip to your new home so that you are there when your driver arrives. If you are not able to be there, arrange for a friend or family member to be at your new home when the driver arrives. Make sure that the driver can contact whoever is waiting at the new home.
- Check whether all of your belongings are safe as they are loaded and marked on the inventory.
- Take a final tour of your property and verify that everything has been taken care of. Turn off all switches and lock all doors and windows.
- Sign the Bill of Lading. Be sure to double check the phone numbers and addresses.
- Make sure that the utilities at your new home are connected one day before the move.
- Draw up a plan for the important items in your home. You can get the movers to place them.
- Be prepared to pay the driver before they unload your belongings.