4 Weeks

  • File a change of address form with the Post Office
  • Notify creditors, magazines, & other organizations with which you are involved of your new address
  • Decide what items can be sold, discarded, or donated to charity
  • Notify the local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off/on as needed

3 Weeks

  • Decide which items you will be packing yourself
  • Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings
  • Contact your bank and transfer the content of your safety deposit box
  • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft, and personal property at your new home

2 Weeks

  • Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your origin and destination
  • Dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids, and aerosol cans
  • Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up, and lawn service

1 Week

  • Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination
  • Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area
  • Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment   

1 Day Before

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you or have delivery service load it last and unload it first
  • Packing day
  • Defrost, clean, and dry your refrigerator

Moving Day

  • Load the moving truck or be at your current home when moving crew arrives to supervise loading your items
  • Make a final tour of your home/property and verify nothing has been overlooked
  • Sign the Bill of Landing, double check your new address and phone number are correct
  • Lock all doors and windows, turn off all switches
  • Arrive at your new home and make sure all utilities are connected
  • Plan the placement of the major items in your home
  • Be on hand to pay driver before unloading of your items
*Information provided by Wheaton World Wide Moving and Bekins *

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