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Moving Planner Checklist - To help organize your move, print this
page, keep it handy, and check it off as you go.
8 to 10 Weeks Before Your Move:
Select an agent to perform your move and make arrangements for moving
day. (Avoid peak periods for moving, if possible. The first few
days and the last few days of the month are times when everyone
wants to move.) Contact the chamber of commerce or visitor's bureaus
in your new community for information on your new city. Contact
the IRS/Revenue Canada and/or your accountant for information on
what moving expenses may be tax-deductible. Remove items from your
attic, basement, storage shed, etc. Start to use up things you can't
move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
4 to 6 Weeks Before Your Move:
Conduct an inventory. Decide what to move and what not to move.
Make arrangements for your trip (hotel/airline reservations, drive
routing, etc.). Schedule a moving sale for items you won't move.
Donate other items to charitable organizations (ask for a receipt
for tax records). Arrange for packing. Bedwell Van Lines can make
these arrangements and provide special packing cartons. Gather your
personal records: medical, dental, school, birth, baptism, marriage,
etc. Send transcripts of your school records in advance to the new
school. Close local department store and other local charge accounts.
Arrange with employer to forward tax withholding forms. Locate all
motor vehicle registration and licensing documents and check the
auto licensing requirements for your destination.
Make arrangements to discontinue (current location) and commence
(future location) the following services:
- Newspaper delivery,
- Water softener service,
- Electricity (check for refund),
- Water service,
- Gas service (check for refund),
- Fuel or oil delivery,
- Garbage collection,
- Diaper service,
- Lawn/pool service,
- Other household services
Mail change of address cards to:
Post office; Social Security office, Insurance companies, Credit
cards, Magazines, Friends and relatives, Mail order accounts
2 to 3 Weeks Before Your Move:
Fill, transfer and pack prescriptions for family and pets. Arrange
for shipments of plants and pets. Get immunization records for pets.
Safely dispose of or give away all flammables (paints, paint removers,
etc.) as they will be impossible to move.
The Week Before Your Move:
Defrost refrigerator and freezer, plus allow air-drying to prevent
mildew. Arrange for disposal of frozen foods (sell, give away, or
Clean oven. Transfer/close checking and savings accounts. Drain
fuel and oil from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
Drain garden hoses. Pack items to be carried in car. Label "Do
Not Move." Gather valuables from safe deposit box, drawers,
jewelry cases, personal records. Pack safely to take with you. Send
clothing, draperies, curtains, rugs out for cleaning and leave in
wrapping. Take down curtain rods, shelves, TV antenna. Have car
serviced for trip and have proof of insurance in car.
Remember to pack a box of the basics you'll need on move-in day
(tools, paper products, all-purpose household cleaners, etc.). Be
sure to have it loaded last so that it will be first off at your
new home. Pack suitcases for trip. Remove all bed linens. Be available
to check items on inventory sheet. Conduct a last minute walk through
with your van operator. Make sure windows are closed, closets empty,
lights out and doors locked.
Be available to check off items on the inventory as they are removed
from the van. Be present during unloading so that you may direct
the placement of your furniture in your new home. Check the condition
of your belongings. If any items are damaged or missing, note this
on the inventory list and report it to your destination agent so
they can assist with the handling of details.
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