This time period is ideal to begin organizing your move. Begin by collecting boxes/cartons and gathering moving supplies. Research movers and go over all details of your move with the moving company of your choice. Begin packing items that you do not need for every day use. For items you no longer wish to have, plan a yard sale or donate these items to charity. Plan daily and weekly food menus to use up food in your cupboards. Contact your IRS or your accountant regarding tax deductible expenses.
Our team has created a checklist for sellers to ensure everything is complete before the move. This form is able to be downloaded and printed here: Sellers Checklist
2 Months Before Move
One Month Before Move
This is a great time to start packing all of your belongings to get a head start. There are many places you need to notify of your change of address; friends, family, post office, newspaper, utility companies, etc. Also, plan to notify all of your utility companies and newspaper of changes or discontinuation. If you are moving out of town, now is the time to make reservations for lodging. Save any and all moving receipts and keep all important documents handy. Make a list of important phone numbers of anyone you may need to notify during your move. Decide what goes with you, what you should sell, and what you plan to give away. For any items you are not keeping, hold a garage sale or donate these items. Finalize any arrangements with your moving company, or make final reservations if you are renting a truck. Call friends and relatives to let them know when and where you are moving!
2 Weeks Before Move
Take care of all your bank information around this time. Clear up any outstanding accounts. Transfer checking and saving accounts and contents into safe deposit box. If you have any direct deposits or automatic payment arrangements on bank accounts that will be closed, be sure to cancel as needed. Be in contact with your phone company for assistance in arranging telephone service for your new home. If you have pets, arrange for any pet travel. Service your car, especially if you are driving a long distance. Dispose of any flammable liquids, such as spray paints, aerosols, paint thinner, and gas in yard equipment such as lawn mowers.
Week of Move
Transfer or close any bank accounts you no longer intend to use. Defrost your refrigerator. Go around your home and tag any furniture to identify it's location in your new home. If needed, prepare a "survival package" so the family can get along if the moving company is late! Arrange for new cell phone service if needed.
Day Before the Move
The day before your move is a big day! Set aside moving materials (tape measure, pocket knife, etc). Pick up your rental truck if you are moving yourself. Check oil and gas levels in your car. Be sure to get a good night's rest.
After you move, there are some very important things you need to take care of:
- Mail that has been forwarded from your old address will have a yellow address label on it. Notify the seller of your new address.
- Register to vote. Call your local board of elections for specific registration information. Ask them how to notify your previous voting district of your change of address.
- If you have moved to a different state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to exchange your drivers license and register your vehicle. Ask whether or not you will be required to take a test.
- Call the Sanitation Department in your new town to find out which day trash is collected. Ask whether your community has recycle programs.
- Call your Chamber of Commerce for information on: newspapers, schools, cultural events and community activities, libraries and parks, and emergency calling services such as 911.
- Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may have to request your file from your previous doctor or dentist.
- Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas, and seek out new service providers (banks, cleaners, veterinarians).
- Locate the hospital as well as police and fire stations near your home.