Eight weeks prior to moving day:
___ Contact Lester's Moving to schedule a reservation for the day you would like to move into your new home.
___ Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
___ Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter.
___ Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).
___ Arrange to transfer school records (if needed).
___ Get your new home ready, contact any painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive.
Six weeks prior to moving day:
___ Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
___ Learn more about your new community, subscribe to the local paper or search online for your new areas information.
___ Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
___ Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
___ Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
___ Clean all closets and drawers.
___ Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
Four weeks prior to moving day:
___ Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave
and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund.
___ Confirm details with Lesters Moving.
___ If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house.
___ Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
___ Make any travel plans necessary for your move and arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
___ Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
___ Check to see if you need any moving permits.
___ Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.
___ Collect your important records -- Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial
documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
Three weeks prior to moving day:
___ Hold a moving/garage sale.
Two weeks prior to moving day:
___ Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
___ Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
___ Cancel newspaper delivery.
___ Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
___ If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator (if any).
___ Make child-care arrangements for moving day (if needed).
___ Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand, if necessary.
___ Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
___ Change your address - One week before your move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
___ Pick up dry cleaning -- Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have.
___ Put aside critical items, checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm
clock, first aid kit and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.
One day prior to moving day
___ Transfer your bank accounts, if necessary.
___ Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary.
___ Close and empty your safe-deposit box, if necessary.
___ Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
___ Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
___ Confirm any travel reservations, if necessary.
___ Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open. Drain your waterbed.
___ Let movers pack your belongings (unless it's a do-it-yourself).
___ Disconnect and prepare major appliances for the move.
___ Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
___ Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."
___ Obtain cash or traveler's checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
___ Confirm arrival time of your moving teams van/truck.
___ If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
___ Be sure someone is at the old address to answer questions the movers may have.
___ Note all utility meter readings.
___ Double check your home before leaving to make sure you have not left anything personal behind.
___ Be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded.
___ Supervise unloading and unpacking.
___ Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler's checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.