While move day might seem far away right now, it'll be here before you know it. Keep your move stress-free by planning ahead – and the best time to start is right now.
To help you plan your move, the moving and relocation experts at Graebel have compiled a moving checklist of things to do before, during, and after your move to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Eight weeks before your move
- Obtain a floorplan of your new residence and decide what you will keep from your old home.
- Contact your insurance agent to determine if your possessions are covered during the move.
- Establish a file for paperwork and receipts pertaining to your relocation.
Six weeks before your move
- Search for healthcare professionals in your new location.
- File an official change-of-address form with the U.S. Postal Service online.
- At an offsite location, secure family videos, photos, and other valuable items that cannot be replaced.
- Send your new address to anyone who might need it – insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
- Clean house. Dispose of anything you won't be taking with you.
- Have antiques appraised for valuation purposes.
- Hold a garage sale, or donate unwanted items to charity (obtain a signed receipt for tax purposes).
Four weeks before your move
Three weeks before your move
- Arrange for utilities (e.g., gas, electric, phone, water, etc.) to be disconnected at your old home and connected at your new home.
- Prepare car registrations and insurance records for transfer.
- Notify the state Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address.
- Arrange for childcare on move day.
- If necessary, reserve any apartment elevators that will be needed on move day.
Two weeks before your move
- Inspect your belongings for the gypsy moth and complete a Gypsy Moth Inspection Report (if it applies to your area).
- Arrange for the transfer of jewelry and valuable documents (remember that moving companies cannot transport these).
- Obtain all medical and dental records for your family and pets.
- Arrange for the transfer of your children's school records to their new school.
- Make travel plans and reservations.
- Use up existing food supplies.
- Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids.
One week before your move
- Have your car serviced – if it is going to be transported by the moving company, reduce the gas level to one-fourth of a tank prior to move day.
- Confirm your delivery address, en route phone number, and expected time of arrival at destination with your moving company.
- Close local charge accounts, transfer bank accounts, and release safe deposit boxes.
- Arrange for shipment of pets, if they are not traveling with you.
- Set aside items to take with you – mark them "Do not move."
- Take down curtains, rods, shelves, etc.
- Consider packing special travel games.
- Discontinue home-delivery services (e.g., milk, newspapers, etc.)
- Confirm travel plans.
- Make sure you have a two-week supply of medication, and forward prescriptions to a pharmacy at your new destination.
Pack day – one day before your move
- Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator and freezer.
- Be present to answer the packing crew's questions.
- Designate those items you would like included in the exclusive Graebel Welcome Home® service.
- Finish any packing you're personally doing.
- Remove valuables (e.g., jewelry, important documents, money, etc.) from your home.
- Note that your driver will contact you to re-confirm moving truck arrival time.
- Go over the "Countdown to Move Day" again.
- Be present to answer the moving crew's questions.
- Note that your driver is authorized to open, inspect, and re-pack (if necessary) any containers packed by you that don't seem safe for transport. This may result in additional cost.
- Check the inventory list to be sure everything you want in the moving truck is included and check notations about pre-existing damage or issues related to your goods.
- Exchange destination phone numbers with your driver.
- Check the driver's bill of lading for correct information.
- Transit protection
- Delivery address and/or notification phone number
- Probable deliver date or date spread
- Notify your driver and coordinator as to how you can be reached during the move.
Before you leave
- Check your entire home – inside and outside – before the driver leaves. Don't forget the attic, backyard, basement, closets, cupboards, garage, etc.
- Pack a snack in case stopping during your trip isn't convenient.
- Phone ahead for hotel reservations.
- Drive safely – and have a good trip.
Before delivery day
- Your driver will contact you to re-confirm moving truck arrival times at your new city.
- Make sure utility services have been connected at your new home.
- Check over your new home and decide on furniture placement. You may want to tape sheets to the wall with furniture locations.
- Be available to answer questions and give directions to the moving crew.
- Supervise unloading, furniture placement, and if applicable, unpacking.
- Check off each item on the inventory list as it is brought in by the crew.
- Check the condition of each item and note any missing or damaged items directly on the inventory list.
- Keep a copy of the signed inventory list with your check-offs.
- If you need to file a claim, contact your coordinator or the claims department as soon as possible. If the number provided is not toll-free, call collect. Repairs and/or replacements will be handled quickly, in accordance with the coverage selected.
First week after moving
- Locate police and fire stations, as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
- Find shopping areas – you may need furniture, tools, or housewares unexpectedly.
- Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out which day the trash is collected and whether your community has recycling programs.
- Find your new bank, cleaners, veterinarian, etc.
- Register to vote.
- Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to exchange your driver's license, if you've moved to a different state.
- Contact the chamber of commerce for community information.
- Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history.
- Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community.
- Watch for the effects of moving on family members and pets, so you can give comfort.
- Visit the special offers page often for special post-moving discounts and coupons.