One Month Before Moving:
- □ Fill out change of address order form from post office.
- □ Fill out an IRS change of address form.
- □ Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
- □ Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies & hotels.
- □ Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civil organizations.
- □ Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays & prescription histories. Ask doctor & dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
- □ Set up a checking account in your new city.
- □ Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, In the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video of your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
- □ Make arrangements for transporting pets.
- □ Start using up food items, so there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
One to Two Weeks Before Moving:
- □ Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
- □ Arrange for help on moving day.
- □ Confirm travel reservations.
- □ Have appliances serviced for moving.
- □ Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
- □ Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
- □ Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed.
- □ Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
- □ Check with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be covered through your homeowner’s or renter’s policy during the move.
- □ Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- □ Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
On Moving Day:
- □ Double Check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
- □ Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
- □ Carry traveler checks for quick, available funds.
After Arriving at New Home:
- □ Renew your driver’s license, auto registrations and tags.
- □ Shop around for new insurance policies.
- □ Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
- □ Locate hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
- □ Keep the following supplies handy for packing: Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper, tissue, tape and scissors.
- □ Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
- □ Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects that are removed from.
- □ Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
- □ Label each box and indicate the following: (a) which room it should go in (b) whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
- □ Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
- □ Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, spinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
- □ Pack medicines in a leak proof container.
- □ Carry all valuables with you.
About Moving Companies…
Consumer complaints against moving companies have been rising. Following are some tips that can help your move go smoothly.
- □ Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is written in the contract.
- □ Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
- □ Movers are limited by law regarding what they can give you for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check existing homeowner’s or renter’s policy.
- □ Ask about expected gratuities and write into contract.
- □ Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
- □ Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt.
- □ Document an inventory of your belongings before you pack.
We at Dolphin Homes, LLC know how stressful moving can be. We hope our checklist helps you in a smooth move into your new home.
If we are doing a tear down, addition or add-a-level for you on a lot you already own, we allow you to put your belongings in a storage container right on your lot so it can be an easy and convenient way for you to move your belongings out and back in with ease.
Here are two reputable companies that allow for your possessions in a safe container on your property.
Pods (www.pods.com) 1-888-776-7637 Containers range from 8x8x12 (covers 1200 sqft) to 8x8x16 (covers 1500 sqft).
Hecht Trailers (www.hechttrailers.com) 1-877-369-2682 Containers range from 10’ to 55’