Moving Timeline

Timeline for Moving: Eight Weeks Before Move

  • Before moving day make arrangements with your mover.
  • Remove items from your storage shed, attic, basement, etc.
  • Start to use of things you can't move like cleaning supplies and frozen foods.
  • For more information on your new city, contact the tourism bureaus or the chamber of commerce in your new community.

Timeline for Moving: Six Weeks Before Move

  • If you're moving at an employer's request, clarify what responsibilities and expenses are yours and which are theirs.
  • Contact your accountant and/or the IRS for information on what moving expenses may be tax-deductible.
  • Start to inventory and evaluate your belongings. Figure out what you haven't used within the last year and either donate or sell it.
  • Create a list of everyone you need to tell about your move: professionals, friends, subscriptions, creditors, etc.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local government, community and social news and activities of your new community by obtaining a mail subscription to the local paper.
  • Locate all licensing documents and motor vehicle registration.
  • If you need to store some of your possessions, make the arrangements now. Your relocation consultant should be able to help.
  • Obtain copies of your personal records from dentists, doctors, schools, accountants, and lawyers. Where possible ask for referrals.

Timeline for Moving: Four Weeks Before Move

  • Submit a Change of Address form to the post office.
  • If needed, arrange special transportation for your plants and pets.
  • Contact utility and related companies (water, telephone, electric, cable TV, gas, oil, and trash collection) for service disconnect/connect at both your old and new addresses. Remember to keep phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day.
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner's or renter's, life and medical) to arrange coverage in your new home.
  • If you're packing yourself, buy moving boxes from your local mover and pack items that you won't need in the next month.
  • Arrange a garage sale to sell unnecessary goods or donate them to charity.

Timeline for Moving: Three Weeks Before Move

  • Make travel arrangements and reservations for your move. Don't buy plane tickets for the same day that you're expected to move because house closings are often delayed, and other unexpected situations happen often.
  • Collect important papers (insurance, stock, deeds, will, etc.).
  • Arrange the closure of your accounts at your local bank and open accounts and your new local bank.

Timeline for Moving: Two Weeks Before Move

  • Have your car checked and serviced for your trip. Verify that your automobile is prepared (ex. filled with the necessary coolant/antifreeze) for the type of weather conditions you'll be traveling in.
  • If you're moving out of or into a building with elevators, make sure to call the building management to schedule use of the elevators.
  • Review and confirm all arrangements for your move with your relocation consultant.

Timeline for Moving: One Week Before Move

  • Settle any bills with local merchants.
  • Remember to return library books and rented DVDs, remove all your contents from your safety deposit box, pick up any dry cleaning, etc.
  • Take your pets to the veterinarian for any needed immunizations and obtain copies of pets' veterinary records.
  • Drain oil and gas from power equipment (snow blowers, lawn mower, etc.).
  • Get rid of any plants not being moved.
  • Prepare clear and specific directions that include your emergency numbers, itinerary, etc. to your new home for our moving company.

Timeline for Moving: Two to Three Days Before the Move

  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Block doors so that they can't accidentally close on children or pets.
  • Arrange for your major appliances to be disconnected and prepared for the move. For help finding a third party to provide these services, contact your relocation consultant.
  • Pack a box of personal belongings that you will need immediately after your move. Either carry the box with you in your car or load the box last.
  • Collect and set aside the items that you're taking with you so that the movers don't accidentally load the items on the van.
  • Confirm the arrival time of the moving van with your relocation consultant and notify them of any last minute details.

Timeline for Moving: Moving Day

  • Ensure that someone is home to answer the van foreman's questions.
  • Record all utility meter readings (electric, water, gas).
  • Carefully read your bill of lading and inventory before signing them. Keep these, and all related papers, in a safe place until all chargers have been paid and all claims, if any, have been settled.

Contact Us Regarding Moving Timelines

For more information about timelines for your move, please contact us for details!

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