Getting Ready for Moving Day
Moving house is a stressful time, especially with a family to think about, but with some
forethought and organization you can make it go as smoothly as possible.
- Sort through your belongings and get rid of the stuff you don't
want or need.
- Find a good moving company. Get full information:
- Is transit insurance provided?
- Are their employees bonded? What are their reference-checking
- Have them do a on-site written estimate for your move.
- Ask for a list of items they won't
Have important records sent to your new providers:
- Medical, dental, and veterinary histories
- School transcripts
- Take care of medical needs
- Have medical/dental examinations if due
- Get referrals for doctors/dentists in your new city
- Create a file for all your moving paperwork, receipts, etc. (It's
- Go over vehicle and home insurance policies and make necessary
- Finish up consumables
- Eat your stored food, donate extra cans and bottles to your local
- Cancel or transfer any local memberships, such as gyms, food
co-ops, and local associations
- Separate out valuable items you want to move personally, such as
jewelry, personal documents, items of sentimental value etc.
- Do you need to take them with you in your car or can they be
- File official change-of-address notices with your banks and
credit card companies, cell phone provider, post office, magazine and newspaper
- Tell your attorney, accountant, and other professional services
about your move so they can file any necessary paperwork
- Start purchasing moving supplies: boxes, packing tape, bubble
wrap, markers etc.
- Start packing. Seasonal and rarely-used items can go into their
boxes now. Make sure you properly label them with their contents and
destination in your new home
- Double-check your move date with the moving company
- Arrange for utilities to be cut off in your old residence and
turned on in the new one
- Garbage pickup
- Figure out how you'll move your pets. Will they need to be
- Have your car inspected and serviced if necessary - you don't
want it breaking down mid-move!
- Get rid of items you can;t put in the moving truck, such as old
paint, propane, cleaning supplies etc.
- Double-check travel arrangements for children, pets, plants,
- Finish up your food and get an ice chest for food you;re planning
to move with you
- Pack suitcases for all family members with clothes for the first
few night in the new house, toiletries, and prescriptions.
- Pack a box of new-house necessities: toilet paper, plates and
utensils, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Get outdoor equipment ready for moving: drain the water from
hoses, gas from lawnmowers, and so on
- Have prescriptions filled
- Notify your credit card company of your move date so extra expenses don't get flagged as
- If your house is going to be empty for a while after you move,
notify the local police department so they can keep an eye on it.
- Be there to supervise the movers
- After everything has been moved out, go through the house from top to bottom to make
sure nothing gets left behind.
- Leave a note welcoming the new owners with your new address so they can forward any