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Moving To Do List

This Moving To Do List will help you as you plan to move from your current residence to your new residence. You can print this out and use it as a check list.

One Month plus Before the Move:

Review your relocation package if you have one, and determine what expenses will be paid by your company.

Start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be tax deductible).

Get written estimates from at least 2 moving companies, including their written commitment of pickup and delivery dates. Get references. Check the limits of insurance they offer, and if it covers replacement cost. Purchase additional insurance if necessary.

Start discarding items that you will not be moving.

Start collecting cardboard boxes and other containers for moving. Begin packing out of season clothes and other items.
If you are going to be taking draperies and/or carpets, have them cleaned before you move and then pack them for protection.
Arrange for storage facility, if you plan to store any contents. Again, check insurance.
Arrange transport service for pets or automobiles if needed.
Contact your bank and arrange transfer of your accounts; order checks with new address; clean out your safety deposit box.
Inform your employer(s) of the address change for their mailings; especially your W2 form.
Submit change-of-address forms to the post office; mail postcards to friends and creditors.
Give day care center proper notice of withdrawal.
Contact schools and arrange for transfer of student records.
Contact your doctors and dentists for medical records and possible referrals to new physicians.
Change your insurance policies on property, auto, life and medical.

Notify the following companies/agencies/people of your move. When applicable, contact new ones in the area you're moving to.

Electric company
Gas company
Water company
Telephone - Keep your current phone in service through moving day. You may need it that day.
Trash removal
Stock broker
Credit card companies
Stores where you have charge accounts.
Motor vehicle department for your driver's license.
Governmental agencies like the Social Security Office (if you are receiving benefits), Veterans Administration, federal and state tax offices.
Newspapers, magazines, other publications you might be receiving.
Family, friends, business contacts - put together a letter to be sent to these people.
Book or record clubs.
Cable T.V.
Organize all important documents in a fire-safe box. Some things you want to include are school records, home purchase/sale papers, will, marriage/divorce papers, pet documents, financial records, stock certificates, social security cards, birth certificates, and passports.
Give notice of resignation to any clubs, organizations or volunteer activities you belong to.
Begin looking into churches or synagogues to transfer membership.
Arrange for hotels, rental cars or temporary housing as needed.

Two Weeks Before the Move:

Take a thorough walkthrough to determine what you really want to take.
Tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale; or call a charity for pick-up.
Clean out club, gym and school lockers; pick up all dry cleaning.
Arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities.
Have measurements taken of the rooms in your new residence and use floorplans to determine where everything will go.
Begin packing less-used items. Number and label each box, and keep an inventory. For more valuable information, see our packing tips.
Retrieve and return all borrowed items from neighbors and friends; return library books.
Clean out the cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don't need, and don't buy any more perishables than you have to.

One Week Before the Move:

Make an inventory list of all items going with you personally. Keep valuable and irreplaceable items such as jewelry and heirlooms with you, not movers.
Confirm arrangements and dates with moving and storage companies.
Confirm arrangements with auto and pet transportation companies.
Confirm hotel, rental car or temporary housing accommodations.
Clean out and defrost the deep freezer.
Disassemble furniture or others items.
Be sure to check yard and sheds for all items to pack.
Inform all friends and relatives of your forwarding address. If your phone service won't be instantaneous, arrange for a temporary voice mailbox; some long distance providers such as Sprint and MCI offer 1-800 voice mail numbers.
Take pictures of furniture or get fabric samples for anything you will want to reference for color or decorating before your goods are delivered to your new home.
Set aside a box of cleaning supplies and the vaccuum cleaner.
Begin making a "Survival Box" for the move. This should include paper, pens, stamps, envelopes, cellophane and heavy duty tape, scissors, tape measure, paper cups, ziplock bags, paper plates and towels, plastic utensils, facial and toilet tissue, instant coffee or tea, cream/sugar, soap, moist towelettes, aspirin, bandaids, can opener, bottled water, travel alarm, flashlight, small tools kit, trash bags, snacks or drinks, children's games, address book, spare car keys, phone books for the city you are leaving and your destination.

1-2 Days Before the Move:

Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer.
Purchase traveler's checks for trip expenses.
Reconcile and close bank accounts, unless you will be using another branch of the same bank.
Conclude financial matters relating to the sale or lease of your home.
Movers or your family should complete packing of all household goods for the move. Make sure are boxes are clearly marked.

Moving Day:

Confirm delivery address, directions and delivery date with the movers.
Carefully supervise the move. Make sure boxes are clearly marked and your instructions are understood.
Clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving.
Check thermostat and make sure temperature is set appropriately. Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked, and all appliances are turned off. Leave forwarding address, garage door openers and any keys, if agreed to, for the new owners or renters.
If your home is going to be vacant when you leave, make sure a relative, neighbor or real estate agent has the keys and how to contact you. Also, notify your insurance agent and police department that the home will be empty.

Arrival Day:

Check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly.
Check the pilot lights in your stove, furnace, hot water heater.
Let family members or friends know you have arrived safely. Check in with your employer and real estate agent to confirm itineraries.
Supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes. Begin unpacking necessary items first such as basic kitchen utensils, bath toiletries, etc.
Give the kids a job to do - let them start on their rooms. Usually, the kitchen and the kids rooms are the best to set up first, as it helps them feel at home.
Go over the Bill of Lading from the moving company very carefully before signing; check for damaged items first, as this is usually binding once signed.

After the Move:

Register to vote.
Register your car with your new state.
Get a new driver's license. Purchase a new city or village sticker for your car, if applicable.
Go through your check list above making sure each item has been completed.
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108 N. Orchard Avenue
Suite 101
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 327-4777 (Office)
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