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Relocation / Moving Checklist

Two Months Before Moving:
  • Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you have to move.
  • Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need.
  • Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals.
  • Make reservations with a moving company or a rental truck company. Tip: Get quotes from 3 companies to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
  • Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers and scissors.
  • If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel and rental car agency. If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
  • Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible.
  • Place your legal, medical, financial and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved.
One Month Before Moving:
  • Start packing items that aren’t regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations
  • and items stored in storage areas (garage, attic and closets).
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • If you’re driving, get your car tuned up.
  • Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist and veterinarian.
  • Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts, bedding) to the cleaners.
  • Back up important computer files.
Two Weeks Before Moving:
  • Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, cable, trash, phone) and notify them of your
    move. In Colorado, title companies transfer the water so you don’t have to do that.
  • Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day, if necessary.
  • Confirm your travel reservations.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account and, if appropriate, pick up items from your safety deposit box.
One Week Before Moving:
  • Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops or friends
  • Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
  • Finish packing all boxes, minus what you’ll need in the final week.
  • Change your address using my Change of Address Checklist.
The Day Before:
  • Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife and rope.
  • Pad corners and stairways of house.
  • Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
  • Remove hanging fixtures you’re taking with you.
  • If moving yourself, pick up the rental truck and a hand truck or dolly to move heavy boxes.
  • If you’re driving, check oil and gas in your car.
  • If you’re traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards and other essentials.
Moving Day:

Carry with you…

  • Keys to your new home.
  • Map of new town and directions to your home, if necessary.
  • The telephone number of the moving company.
  • Cash or traveler’s checks.
  • Documentation related to the sale of your home.
  • Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number.
  • Your current address book or planner.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Enough clothing to get by if the movers are late.
  • Any important personal records and documents.
  • Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable
  • Back-up copies of important computer files.
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
  • Personal hygiene items
Arrival Day:
  • Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.
  • Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered before signing delivery papers.
  • Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
  • Unpack any valuable items, such as silver, art and jewelry, upon arrival.
After the Move:
  • Walk and drive your neighborhood and community to orient yourself and your family.
  • Get new driver’s licenses, voter registration cards and bus passes.
  • Enroll children in school.