COUNTDOWN to Moving Day
Obtain a floor
plan of your new residence and decide what
household items you want to keep.
inventory of all household goods.
estimates from several moving companies.
insurance agent, and ask them about your
homeowners policy to determine whetheryour
possessions are covered when moving.
Establish a file
for all moving papers and receipts.
transfer child(ren)’s school records.
Choose a mover.
Begin search for
good health-care professionals in your new
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,
closets and dispose of all items that you will
not be taking with you.
moving/garage sale or donate items to
For self moves,
reserve a truck or trailer. Obtain necessary
moving supplies, boxes, twine, labels, etc.
If your mover is
doing the packing, arrange for it to be done
one or two days before loading begins.
drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as
Begin to use up
overstocks of staple foods.
personal papers that you may need at your
destination location, including medical and
dental records, school records, birth
plans and arrange any motel or other
Arrange to have
utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, water,
etc.) disconnected in your present home, and
connected at your new home.
registration and insurance records for
Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
child care on moving day.
reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or
Arrange to move
Check with mover
about moving house plants. (Some movers will
not move plants.)
Dispose of all
items too dangerous to move, including
have your automobile serviced and ready for
medication to last at least two weeks. Have
prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your
arrangements to pay for your move.
and close safety deposit boxes.
Have mover pack
your goods (unless doing it yourself).
Defrost and dry
refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
valuable items to carry with you including
jewelry, vital documents, money and valuable
Be on hand to
answer questions and give directions to movers
and stay until they are finished.
for inventory of your household goods.
information on bill of lading and carefully
read the document before you sign it.
Make sure you
have your copies of the bill of lading and
Keep the bill of
lading until your possessions are delivered,
the charges are paid, and any claims are
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.
driver and the van line where you can be
reached during the move.
DELIVERY DAY Be on hand to You must pay the Supervise Check carefully Note on the
answer any questions and give directions.
driver before your goods can be unloaded. This
is a Federal requirement for interstate moves.
unloading and unpacking.
for any damaged or missing items.
inventory any damaged boxes or obvious damage
to unboxed items before you sign anything.
Be on hand to
You must pay the
Note on the