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.