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08/11/20  |  Ellie Botshon

Here’s an 8 week schedule for preparing your move. Start early, as this process often takes much longer than anticipated

Eight weeks before

  • Read our blogs on the real cost of moving and donations

  • Remove unnecessary items from your attic, basement, storage shed, etc

  • Use things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies

  • Call your homeowners insurance agent to find out to what degree your move is covered

  • Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts

  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records

  • Research and compare prices on a few moving companies

Six weeks before

  • Evaluate your possessions inventory. Can you donate anything? Do you need it all?

  • Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc

  • Begin the off-site storage process (if applicable). Read our storage blog for more information

  • Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location

  • Complete post-office change of address cards for the following: banks; charge cards; magazines, accountant, religious organizations; doctors/dentist; relatives and friends, etc

  • Clean your closets

  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities

  • Hire your moving company 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

  • Start packing!

  • Contact all utility companies (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

  • Eversource is the most common electric (and gas) company in the area

  • Click here to start/stop service with Eversource, National Grid is another big contender for gas

  • Make sure your mail will be forwarded: Here’s a link to change your address

  • Request refunds on unused homeowner’s insurance and cable/internet service

  • Notify your landscape and snow removal services (if applicable)

  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home

Three weeks before

  • Make your travel plans.

  • Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locale
    (if necessary)

  • Gather car license and registration documents, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial documentation

  • Notify your state’s motor vehicle bureau of your new address

  • Arrange for childcare and/or pet care on moving day

Two weeks before

  • 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

  • Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company

  • Settle outstanding bills with local retailers; pick up dry cleaning, and return library books

  • Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records

  • Drain gas and oil from power equipment

  • Give away plants not being moved

  • Cancel newspaper delivery

  • Buy two weeks worth of medication and have your prescriptions forwarded to your new pharmacy

  • Make arrangements to pay for your move

  • Finish packing

Two to three days before

  • 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 a survival kit and keep in your car: sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes and flashlight

  • Other items for moving include: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, access to the internet and cell phone chargers, masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner and aspirin or ibuprofen

  • Pack and/or throw away perishable foods

Moving day

  • Be home to answer any questions your mover may have

  • Stay until your movers are finished

  • Carefully read the document and the inventory sheet before signing it

  • Keep your copies of the bill and inventory until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid and any claims are settled

  • Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything

  • Give movers the directions to your new home, and an emergency number where you can be reached during the move

At destination

  • Unpack first-night items and mover’s survival kit

  • Be at the destination to welcome the movers and be on hand to answer any questions

  • Scrutinize the unloading of your items and account for each one on your inventory sheet

  • Check promptly and carefully for any damaged or missing items

  • Place moving and other important documents in a safe place

  • Go to the post office and collect held mail

Need more help?

A local moving company, Big Foot Moving, has some great tips.

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