8 Weeks Before the Move

  • If you are using a professional mover, get estimates from different moving companies and choose the one that is best suited to your needs. If you are moving yourself, get estimates from truck rental companies. Be sure to reserve in advance.
  • Draw a floor plan of your new house. This will help you decide what furniture stays and what furniture will go.
  • Use up things that can’t be moved – such as the food in your freezer and flammable household aerosol cleaning supplies.
  • Contact the chamber of commerce in your future location and start gathering information about your new home town.

6 Weeks Before the Move

  • Discuss costs, insurance, packing, loading, delivery, and the claims procedure with your mover.
  • Inventory all of your possessions now. Determine what can be sold and what can be donated to charity for a tax deduction.
  • Get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, etc. Make arrangements to transfer your children’s school records.
  • Go to the post office and obtain a change of address kit and start filling out the cards. Don’t forget about changing the address on magazine subscriptions, catalogs, creditors, etc.
  • Find out from your accountant or the IRS about tax-deductible moving expenses. But make sure you keep accurate records.

4 Weeks Before the Move

  • If you have contracted to have the mover do all the packing for you, arrange to have this task completed a day or two before loading the truck.
  • If you need it, arrange for storage.
  • Clean or repair any furniture, curtains, or carpets that need it.
  • Hold a garage sale. Use the extra cash to splurge a little on your new place.
  • If you are moving yourself, figure out how many boxes you’ll need. (Many truck rental companies will provide this service.) ·
  • Do-it-yourselfers should take stock of non-boxable items. Add 15 percent to their combined cubic feet (along with total cubic feet of boxes to be loaded) to figure the size of truck you’ll need.
A goat drawn sled on a snowy street in Talbot county, a photo from the Talbot County Historical Society

One of Talbot Counties more interesting modes of transportation, a goat drawn sled! From the collection of the Historical Society of Talbot County.

3 Weeks Before the Move

Assemble Packing Materials:

  • Furniture pads
  • Crumpled newspapers
  • Hand truck
  • D Dolly
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Large self-stick labels
  • Felt-tip markers
  • Styrofoam “peanuts”
  • Nylon packing string and rope
  • Boxes, boxes, boxes
  • Begin packing items that you won’t need. Don’t pack too much weight in an unreinforced box.
  • Make travel and hotel reservations.
  • Arrange to cancel utilities and services at your old home and have them installed at your new home.
  • Get car license, registration, and insurance in order, as necessary.

2 Weeks Before the Move

  • Arrange to transfer all of your bank accounts to new branch locations
  • Make any special arrangements to move pets, such as purchasing airline tickets and traveling containers. Consult your veterinarian about how to make moving easier for your pet.
  • Have your car checked and serviced for the trip. Make sure tires are in good shape and all fluids are at adequate levels.
  • Cancel any direct deposit or automatic payment arrangements on bank accounts you are closing.
  • Cancel delivery services

1 Week Before the Move

  • Transfer all medical prescriptions to a pharmacy at your new location
  • If you will need a babysitter, arrange for moving day service
  • Return library books and movie rentals

2-3 Days Before the Move

  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Arrange to have cash, a certified check, or money order ready to pay the driver on delivery day
  • Pack clothing and toiletries to go with you; take a day or two’s extra clothes in case of delay.
  • Have the movers pack your shipment.
  • Set aside valuables and legal documents to go with you, not on the van.
  • Pack your first-day handy items box (see “Delivery Day” below) to go with you.

Day of the Move

  • Do-it-yourself movers should pick up truck early.
  • Make a list of every item and box loaded onto the truck.
  • Let the mover know where you can be reached.
  • Before you sign it, read the bill of lading. Keep it in a safe place until your goods are delivered, charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
  • Check your old house to make sure you’ve turned off water and that no leave-behind appliances are running.
  • Inspect basement, attic, and garage.
  • Lock up all doors and windows.
  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to the mover

Delivery Day

  • Assemble First-Day Handy Items
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Coffee cups
  • Tea kettle, coffee pot
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Instant coffee, tea, soft drinks, water
  • Pencils, pens, paper
  • Local phone book
  • Masking tape
  • Bath towels
  • Trash bags
  • Toiletries kit
  • Shelf liner
  • Check of all boxes and items as they come off the truck
  • Install new locks
  • Make sure the utilities are hooked up
  • Be on hand to answer questions, pay the driver, and examine your goods.
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