- Sell or donate unwanted items.
- Compare options for TV, Internet and phone service.
- Arrange to discontinue utilities and services at your old home.
- Set up gas, electricity, and other utilities at your new home.
- Create a meal plan for the days leading up to your move. Stop buying perishables.
- Change or update your insurance provider: you might qualify for a lower rate based on your new neighborhood.
- If you’re moving a refrigerator, defrost it 24 hours before the move.
- Book a mover or truck rental and arrange for storage.
Notify People About Your Move
- Change your address with the United State Postal Service.
- Notify government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security.
- Administration, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Forward your catalogs and magazines to continue receiving them in your new home (USPS does not automatically forward this type of mail).
- Update your driver’s license and registration.
- Cancel your gym membership. Some businesses will require proof you are moving in order to get a refund on the unused portion of your membership.
- Update your pet’s microchip information.
- Notify extended friends and family, clubs, alumni associations and medical professionals with a move announcement or a phone call.
- Inform your bank, credit card providers, and other financial services.
- Register to vote—even if you moved within the same state or county, you need to update your registration.
Packing and Moving
- Begin cleaning and destocking process (sweep mop floors, clean out fridge, etc.)
- Make move day arrangements for travel, lodging, children, the elderly, pets, etc.
- Make an inventory list for insurance purposes.
- Check your safe deposit box. Make sure you have birth certificates, passports, and other documents. Get everything back from the dry cleaners, spare keys from neighbors, etc.
- Stock up on moving essentials, like boxes and packing material.
- Add a home security system.
- Identify locations of meters, furnace, and smoke detectors.
- Learn about the local schools.
- Throw a housewarming party.
- Explore your neighborhood and meet the neighbors.
- Find out about trash and recycling days.
- Find service professional and contractors for the projects that need to be done around the house.
- Review your moving company.
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