Moving Tips

Congratulations on buying your new home! Just when you think the stressful part is done with you realize you now need to pack up your entire life. Not to worry, below you will find our guide for a relatively, stress-free move.


8 Weeks before the Move

  • Remove unnecessary items from your basement, attic, and storage shed.

  • Use things you can’t take with you on your move such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.

  • Learn more about your new community and fill out any forms your town hall may need from you.

  • Decide what furniture items you will want to bring with you to your new home - obtaining a floorplan of your new residence can make this process easier.

  • Start inventorying your belongings so you know exactly what you own.

  • Call your homeowner's insurance agent to find out what / if anything is covered in your move.

  • Create a folder/file for all the documentation you will need during the move - such as moving papers and receipts.

  • Contact your children's’ schools to arrange for a transfer of their records.


6 Weeks before the Move

  • Contact your CPA or the IRS to obtain tax-deductible information.

  • Evaluate your possessions inventory and decide what you will be donating or selling prior to the move.

  • Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc about your upcoming move.

  • Subscribe to the local newspaper in your new community and familiarize yourself with the local government, community and social news and activities.

  • Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location.

  • Complete post-office change of address.

  • Clean out your closets

  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.

  • Contact a moving company to make arrangements and inquire about insurance coverage.

  • If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover.


4 Weeks before the Move

  • Start packing!

  • Send furniture, drapes, and carpets for repair or cleaning if needed.

  • Gather auto registration and licensing documents, medical, dental, and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stocks, and other financial documentation.

  • Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable, and trash collection companies for service disconnect/connect at your old and new addresses.

  • Request refunds on unused homeowners insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable/internet service.

  • Notify your gardener, snow removal service, and pool service (if applicable).

  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowners, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.


3 Weeks before Move

  • Make your travel plans.

  • Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locations if necessary.

  • Notify your state’s motor vehicle bureau of your new address.

  • Arrange for childcare on moving day.


2 Weeks before Move

  • Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.

  • Service your car for the trip (oil change, new tires, etc).

  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.


1 Week before Move

  • Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company.

  • Settle outstanding bills with local retailers.

  • Pick up dry cleaning and return library books.

  • Take pets to the vet and get copies of their records.

  • Drain gas and oil from power equipment.

  • Give away plants not being moved.

  • Cancel newspaper delivery.

  • Buy two-weeks worth of medication and have your prescriptions forwarded to your new pharmacy.

  • Make arrangements to pay for your move.


2-3 Days before the Move

  • Finish packing.

  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers.

  • Consider gathering all valuables and giving them to family or friends to hold until the move is completed.

  • Disconnect all major appliances.

  • Contact your moving company for any updates.

  • Pack first-night items. First night items may include sheets, towels, toiletries, clothing, and a flashlight.

  • Pack survival kit. This kit may include scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, snacks, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, duct tape, trash bags, and aspirin and ibuprofen.


Moving Day

  • Be home to answer any questions your mover may have.

  • Record all utility meter readings.

  • Stay until your movers are finished.

  • Complete information on the bill and carefully read the document and the inventory sheet before signing it.

  • Keep your copies of the bill and inventory until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.

  • Take one final look around to see if you’ve forgotten anything.

  • Give movers the directions to your new home, and an emergency number they can reach you on should there be any issues.


At Your New Home

  • Unpack first-night items and mover’s survival kit.

  • Be at the destination to welcome to movers and be on hand to answer any questions.

  • After the job is completed, pay what is owed - drivers are obligated to collect payment upon delivery.

  • Scrutinize the unloading of your items and account for each one on your inventory sheet.

  • Check for any damaged or missing items.

  • Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.

  • Go to the post office and collect any held mail they have for you.