prepping for your move

before you move

a checklist to keep you on track

  • Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually two to four weeks ahead of the move.
  • Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address.
  • Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move.
  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  • Cancel any services such as lawn maintenance & pest control at your old home.
  • Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually movers only cover what they pack.
  • Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable. Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long- distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
  • Check with your condo or co- op about restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits.
  • Have a “ first open” box with the things you’ll need most like toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.
  • Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself. Precious items, such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must- haves during the move, should probably stay with you.
  • Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what’s there.
  • Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, driver’s name, and van number.
  • Keys and garage door openers for the new home will be distributed at closing.