Two Months Before
• Sort & purge: Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
• Research: Start investigating moving companies. Don’t rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it if you are moving to a different state.
• Organize school records: Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.
Six Weeks Before
• Order supplies: Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and black markers. Don’t forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
• Take measurements: Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.
One Month Before
• Choose your mover: Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
• Begin packing: Start packing the things that you use most infrequently. Note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company, such as a computer. Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for.
• Do a change of address: Go to your post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at usps.gov. Notify important parties. In case there are stragglers, it’s wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved.
• Alert the following of your move: Banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazines and newspapers you subscribe to, credit card, insurance, and utility companies.
• Forward medical records: Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers.
Two Weeks Before
• Contact the moving company: Reconfirm arrangements.
One Week Before
• Pack your suitcases: Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes for a few days.
A Few Days Before
• Defrost the freezer: If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
• Verify: Make sure the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired: The USDOT number painted on its side should match the number on the estimate you were given. Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.
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