following check list will assist in making the relocation process
more organized. An important aspect of a successful move is
Find out what to do before the move and things you may overlook
on moving day. Also, prepare yourself with the minimal necessities
during the moving process. Finally, plan ahead and prepare your
new residence for your arrival.
to do before moving day:
Schedule rental truck and/or
moving company at least six weeks in advance.
Begin gathering packing
supplies and start packing early.
If you are
renting, notify your landlord or management company at least 4
weeks in advance.
Contact utility companies and
schedule shut off dates. These include water, electricity, gas,
cable, trash service, telephone, etc.
Call your local phone company
at least two weeks before your move to either transfer your number
or request a new number for your new home.
Have gas, electric and water
services connected at your new residence the day before you move
in. Have services scheduled to be turned off at your old address
the day after you move.
Arrange for cable
installation at your new address.
Notify post office of new
address and mail change of address forms at least one month in
The following will be
forwarded at no charge for the period indicated:
First Class, Priority and Express Mail: 12 months unless
otherwise requested by mailer.
Newspapers and Magazines: 60 days.
Packages weighing 16 ounces or more: 12 months locally (you
pay forwarding charges if you move outside the local area. If
you do not want this class of mail forwarded, contact your
local Post Office).
Mail Address Change Notification cards to people and
businesses who send you mail.
If you have pets and/or
plants, you need to arrange for their transfer. Most moving
companies cannot move them for you.
If you need to dispose of
hazardous products, call 1-800-cleanup.
Specific Tasks You Don't Want to Overlook
If you are traveling a great
distance, have your car serviced 2 weeks in advance.
Make hotel reservations if
you are traveling long distance or are unable to move in to your
residence right away.
On moving day carry
hard-to-replace items with you, such as jewelry, family photos,
Make sure to back-up your
computer files before you disconnect and pack it away.
Last Minute Tasks for the Day of the Move
Pack a survival kit with
enough essentials to tide you and your family over for at least 24
Personal needs -
eyeglasses, medication, extra clothes, etc.
Bathroom needs - towels,
soap, toilet paper, etc.
Cleaning needs - sponges,
cleaners, broom, dustpan, etc.
Kitchen needs - snacks,
drinks, disposable utensils, cups, and plates, etc.
Basic tools - hammer,
screwdrivers (Phillips head & flat head), knife, tape,
Payment for movers.
Keys and directions to
your new home.
Responsibilities at your future address:
Arrange to register your
children in new school(s).