We want you to move with us. But even if you don’t, here’s a detailed rundown of how to prepare yourself and your family for your move
8 Weeks Before
- Research For Moving Companies. Look for companies that are carriers. Get recommendations from friends and family who have recently moved.
- Research your house. Go through every room of your house and decide what you would like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
- New area? Great! Research banks, doctors, and schools. Gather all the proper paperwork you need to set up new accounts.
- Moving to CA? Please remember to fill this check list
- Get Binding Estimates in writing from at least three licensed moving companies.
- Make a list of businesses to contact in order to change your address. Don’t forget to list your online accounts, too.
- Get the packing process started by assessing your closets and getting rid of clothing that doesn’t fit or you no longer want. When the closets are done, start to assess items room by room.
- Do a first round of donations of unwanted goods to charity, sell items online, or have a garage sale to help pay for your move.
- If you have children, work with the current and future school to transfer school records and make plans for a smooth transition.
- Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are good places to start.
- Use up food from the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping or buying in bulk before the move.
- Order supplies. Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, Bubble Wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
- Establish a system for labeling your boxes. Number boxes, color-code by room, and a master list with inventory are key elements.
- Make a room-by-room packing schedule and start packing!
- Confirm all paperwork with your chosen mover and double check that the proper insurance is in place to cover your valuables.
- Do a change of address. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online atusps.gov. In the event of “stragglers,” it’s always wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with him/her two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.
- Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new healthcare providers or obtain copies of them yourself. Ask for referrals.
- Cancel all newspaper home delivery, and set up delivery in your new neighborhood.
- Confirm that you’ve changed addresses, you have all the proper moving insurance in place, and you are ready to make your move.
- If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re cleaned, unplugged, and ready to go. Freezers need to be defrosted, and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.
- Fill prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in a bag that will remain on their person.
- Withdraw cash to tip the movers and make sure you have enough cash, checks, or a credit card to pay for any unexpected expenses.
- Arrange to be off from work on moving day.
- Time to get rid of items you can’t load onto the truck -Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported per DOT regulation (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
- Pack some suitcases like you are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries, prescriptions, and some comfortable clothes for unpacking.
- Contact the moving company. Reconfirm the arrangements and go over the inventory list one more time to make sure the price is set in stone.
- Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.
Get in contact with the driver to make sure the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired
Final inventory list
Get the Final inventory list and keep a copy, sign the paper.