Preparing For a Move

Organization is your best friend when preparing to move.  We’ve developed the following guidelines to help you proactively take charge of handling the many details that require attention.  


  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household goods you want to keep.
  • Try to research and finalize a mover
  • Agree an insurance value and terms with your mover
  • Review and sign the acceptance note
  • Begin an inventory of all household goods.
  • Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your homeowners, or rental policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer child(ren)'s school records.
  • Take decisions on things that need to be moved, including the things stored away in basement, loft and garage.
  • Dispose things you do not see fit to transport
  • Look for public storage places should you be undecided about certain items
  • Make proper provision for pets
  • Take a decision on whether or not you are taking your car

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  • Start to prepare your mailing list of people who need your change of address
  • Notify banks, savings accounts, schools and institutions, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, loyalty cards, hire purchase and rental companies
  • If traveling internationally o Start to validate passports, birth/marriage certificates and other family documentation o Apply for visas/ensure visas are renewed/valid o Check voltage/wattage requirements to ensure that electrical goods will work in your new home
  • Begin search for good health-care professionals in your new location.
  • Fill out post-office change of address cards.
  • Send your new address to anyone that might need it -- insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
  • Clean out closets and dispose of all items that you will not be taking with you.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
  • Talk to your mover to start making packing preparations
  • If your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it to be done at least two prior to loadings.
  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as needed.
  • Gather valuable personal papers that you may need at your final destination location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, etc.
  • Make travel reservations, i.e., hotels/motels.
  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date
  • Start packing your clothes, and selecting appropriate travel clothes depending on destination
  • Start to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture
  • Make arrangements of connection of services at your new home, i.e., cable, DSL, security etc.
  • Return library books.
  • Arrange to move pets.
  • Arrange to have utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, water, etc.) disconnected in your present home, and connected at your new home.
  • Ready car registration and insurance records for transfer.
  • Notify State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
  • Arrange for child care on moving day.
  • If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or delivery dates.
  • Check with mover about moving house plants. (Some movers will not move plants.)
  • Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids.
  • If necessary, have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Have enough medication to last at least two weeks. Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your final destination.
  • Ensure all cartons are packed, sealed and clearly labeled ready for collection.
  • Check your/families medication for travel period and at least two to four weeks at new destination.
  • Defrost the refrigerator/freezer
  • Clean garden tools, movers, bicycles, and any other gardening/household equipment
  • Identify items you need for personal travel
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move.
  • Withdraw items and close safety deposit boxes.
  • Pack valuable items such as jewelry, vital documents, money, passport and other important documents safely.
  • Collect any dry cleaning or laundry
  • Ensure fuel is drained from fuel driven appliances such as lawn movers, etc.
  • Go over inventory of your household goods with movers.
  • Ensure bill of lading is carefully read and completed. Keep copies for yourself.
  • Keep the bill of lading until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
  • Before the van leaves, take one final look through the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
  • Give the driver directions to your new home with your contact information in case of emergencies.
  • Make sure all gas cylinders have been emptied, your local garage may assist. Please do not do this task yourself.
  • Ensure that you pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded. As this is a Federal requirement for interstate moves.
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking to ensure fragile goods are handled carefully.
  • Look for any damages that could have occurred while transporting.
  • Do a quick inventory check for missing items.

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