Month Before Moving
out change of address order form
for post office.
out an IRS change of address
arrangements with moving company
or reserve a rental truck.
travel arrangements, if
necessary, with airlines, buses,
car rental agencies and hotels.
memberships in churches, clubs
and civic organizations.
medical and dental records,
x-rays and prescription
histories. Ask doctor and
dentist for referrals and
up a checking account in your
into the laws and requirements
of your new city regarding
professional tests, business
licenses and any special laws
that might be applicable to you.
inventory of your belongings
before they're packed, in the
event you need to file an
insurance claim later. If
possible, take pictures or video
tape your belongings. Record
serial numbers of electronic
arrangements for transporting
using up food items, so that
there is less left to pack and
To Two Weeks Before Moving
utility services to new address.
Inform electric, disposal,
water, newspaper, magazine
subscription, telephone and
cable companies of your move.
for help on moving day.
elevator if moving from an
appliances serviced for moving.
rugs and clothing and have them
wrapped for moving.
ahead for special needs of
bank accounts and have your
funds wired to your new bank.
Before closing, be sure there
are no outstanding checks or
automatic payments that haven't
valuables from safe-deposit box.
Make copies of any important
documents before mailing or hand
carry them to your new address.
with your insurance agent to
ensure you'll be covered through
your homeowner's or renter's
policy during the move.
freezer and refrigerator. Place
deodorizer inside to control
a close friend or relative your
travel route and schedule so you
may be reached if needed.
check closets, drawers, shelves,
attic and garage to be sure they
important documents, currency
and jewelry yourself, or use
travelers checks for quick,
Arriving At New Home
your driver's license, auto
registration and tags.
around for new insurance
policies, especially auto
your will and other legal papers
to avoid longer probate and
higher legal fees.
the hospitals, police stations,
veterinarian and fire stations
near your home.
of Address Checklist...
sure all your friends, family and
business associates have your new
address. Also use it to note the
phone numbers of your new utility
companies, insurance agents and
other organizations in your new
the following supplies handy for
packing: Boxes, marking pen,
bubble wrap, newspaper and
strong boxes and containers that
can be secured tightly. Purchase
special boxes for dishes,
wardrobe and other special
audio-video equipment in their
original boxes. Label cables and
tighten transit screws. If
removing screws, tape them to
the objects they are removed
loading more than 50 pounds into
each box and indicate the
following: (a) Which room it
should go in (b) Whether it is
fragile (c) If it should be
loaded last so it will be
contents with packing material
such as bubble wrap, newspaper
or tissue. Save room by using
towels and blankets to wrap
books tightly on end in small
boxes. If musty smelling,
sprinkle talcum powder between
the pages and wrap the book
before packing. Leave stored for
a couple of months to eliminate
rugs and draperies cleaned
before moving and leave them in
wrappings for the move.
medicines in a leakproof
all valuables with you.
with your local U.S. Department
of Agriculture for regulations
regarding moving plants from one
state to another. Many states
have restrictions on certain
plants to prevent importing bugs
or pests that can destroy
valuable cash crops.
Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
plants to facilitate packing.
Consult a florist or a plant
book for instructions.
Week Before Your Move
your plants in a black plastic
bag, along with a bug/pest
strip, conventional flea collar
or bug powder. Close the bag and
place in a cool area overnight
to kill any pests on the plant
or in the soil.
Day Before Your Move
the plants in cardboard
containers. Hold them in place
with dampened newspaper or
packing paper. Use paper to
cushion the leaves and place a
final layer of wet paper on top
to keep them moist. If you must
leave your plants behind, then
take cuttings. Put them in a
plastic bag with wet paper
towels around them.
The Day Of Your Move
the boxes aside and mark
"DO NOT LOAD" so they
won't be taken on the moving
van. Close the boxes and punch
air holes in the top before
loading into your car.
your car in a shaded area in the
summer and a sunny spot in the
the plants as soon as possible
after arrival. Remove plants
through the bottom of the box to
avoid breaking the stems. Do not
expose the plants to much
sunlight at first. Let them get
gradually accustomed to more
climate and soils of new home.
- gather and store in an
- dig up during their natural
dormant season. Pack in a
mixture of loose dry peat moss
and vermiculite to provide a
lightweight and protective
tools - sharpen blades of
clippers, lawn mowers and shears
and apply a thin coating of
household or motor oil to
protect the paint and metal
parts. Clean and disinfect
rakes, hoes and sprinklers.
Household bleach can be used to
disinfect a variety of items.
- some plants can be dug up and
are tips for moving your pets to
their new home.
and dogs can be taken in your car.
If so, remember to take along the
leash for letting your pet out
of the car
or sheets to keep your car clean
can get car-sick and will require
frequent stops along the way. Also,
check ahead to see if the hotel
where you are staying allows pets.
Depending on the animal's
temperament and size, it might be
better to have it shipped by air. Be
sure to check if your destination
has any local requirements or
restrictions on animals.
have your pet shipped by air, make
sure someone can meet your pet at
the destination airport and take
care of it until you arrive. A
kennel can do this for you and keep
your pet until you have completed
your move, if necessary.
you are flying to your new
destination, your cat or dog can
ride in the baggage compartment. You
may need the following items:
certificate. Obtain this from
container. The airline might
have a special container
available or you can use your
own as long as it complies with
Your vet can provide
tranquilizers to be given to
your pet immediately before
going to the airport.
scent. Your pet can be comforted
by having a piece of cloth with
your scent on it.
birds and other small animals can
easily be transported in your car.
To help keep the animals calm and
quiet, cover cages with a cloth.
Also, make sure they have food and
can be very impractical and risky to
move fish. Check with your local pet
store for recommendations on moving
your specific type of fish.
complaints against moving companies
have been rising. Following are some
tips that can help your move go
a binding estimate from the
moving company. Make sure the
amount is written in the
about their on-time record and
other complaints with the local
Better Business Bureau or
consumer complaints department.
are limited by law regarding
what they can give you for lost
or damaged goods. To cover
potential damage, check existing
homeowner's or renter's policy.
about expected gratuities and
write into contract.
the contract include a guarantee
of how many hours the job will
take, allowing an overrun of no
more than 10%.
sure all charges are listed on
the moving company of how many
stairs are at your new home.
loading and unloading and
examine all items carefully
before signing a receipt.
an inventory of your belongings
before you pack.
are some general suggestions to help
you protect the environment before,
during and after your move
instead of hosing down
sand or kitty litter instead of
salt on icy sidewalks.
paved surfaces on property and
retain as much vegetation and
rural wetlands as possible.
water-based products rather than
or eliminate the use of
pesticides - use mulch and
organic fertilizers instead.
lawn frequently to increase
grass shoot density.
disposable diapers before
throwing them away.
off the water while brushing
your car tuned.
and dispose of oil safely.
your car on grass.
the Solid Waste Division in your
county for disposal instructions
and transfer stations in your
cans, papers, appliances.
the Solid Waste
Division/Recycling in your
county for instructions.
oil, pesticides, dyes, coolants.
the Solid Waste
Division/Hazardous Wastes in
your county for instructions.