Having a good Move Calendar is an essential part of planning your move and makes the process easier. Starting at least four weeks before the date of your move it lists items that need to be taken care of in advance. By dividing tasks up on a weekly basis it makes the process more manageable. Immediately prior to, during, and just after the move it also makes sure you stay organized and that important items don’t get overlooked in the excitement of the moving process.
Move Calendars are essential items that we always create for our clients. To help you plan your move, we’ve included a basic move calendar below that we use as a starting point. Modify it to suite your particular needs, or better yet, contact us, and learn how we can help you make your move a stress-free and enjoyable process.
4 Weeks Prior
- File a change of address form with the Post Office.
- Notify creditors, magazines and book and music clubs of your new address.
- Retrieve your family’s medical records, and ask doctors and dentists to recommend a colleague in your new city.
- Tour your house and decide which items can be discarded or donated to charity.
- Consider a moving sale.
- Complete your own inventory of each possession, including date purchased and estimated value. — visit Collectify.com
- Notify the local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off/on as needed.
- Notify your children’s schools, your church and other organizations of your impending move.
- If you have house plants to move, start preparing them for the move.
3 Weeks Prior
- Decide which items you will be packing yourself.
- Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings.
- Make a list of important names, addresses and phone numbers, and be sure to take your phone book with you.
- Notify your moving company if anything about your move has changed (dates, etc.).
- Make the necessary plans to transfer your pets to their new home. — visit petswelcome.com
- Request pet’s records from the veterinarian.
- Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box.
- Check your homeowner’s policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
- Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.
2 Weeks Prior
- If shipping an automobile, top off fluids like oil and antifreeze, but make plans to have the gas tank less than half-full.
- Plan your own trip to your new home; make the necessary travel arrangements for your family.
- Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your origin/destination.
- Dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids and aerosol cans.
- Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up and lawn service.
- Return library books and other things you’ve borrowed.
- Collect things you’ve loaned and items in the dry-cleaners, cold storage, etc.
- Finalize your plans for larger items (swing set, trampoline, etc.).
1 Week Prior
- Arrange for the payment of your moving company driver at destination. Unless your move is being billed to your employer or previous credit approval has been secured, payment by cash, certified check or money order is required before unloading.
- Transfer bank accounts so you don’t lose any interest.
- Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination.
- Confirm that your utilities have been connected in your new home.
- Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
- Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight and other items you’ll take in your car.
- Use up all frozen foods or give them away.
- Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment.
- Plan the placement of major items in/around your new home.
1 Day Prior
- Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you, or have your moving company driver load it last and unload it first.
- This is usually the day packing is done; verify all packing services have been performed before signing for them.
- Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator.
Day of the Move
- Plan to be at your current home when your moving company arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you’re not able to be there, make sure the driver has the name and number of the person you’ve designated to oversee the process.
- Check the condition of your goods as they are inventoried and loaded.
- Make a final tour of your home/property; verify that nothing has been overlooked.
- Sign the bill of lading, double-checking that your new address and phone number are correct.
- Lock all doors and windows, and turn off all switches.