1. Transfer or cancel all relevant accounts, records and/or services, including:
- Utilities, including electric, gas, water, sewer and trash
- Cable, telephone (landline and cell phones), newspaper, and lawn services
- Car registration and driver's license
- Postal service
- Update your contacts with your new address
- Bank accounts and safe deposit box
- Insurance policies, including property, auto and medical
- Alarm/security company
- Voter registration
- Doctor, dentist and other medical providers
- Health clubs
2. Separate everything you will and will not be taking with you.
Make a list. If you are hiring a moving company, catalog your valuables (take pictures if possible).
Now is the time to purge. Decide how you will be getting rid of unwanted items.
3. Get packing! Collect boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags and markers or let your movers do it
- Disassemble furniture and pack all of your fragile household items.
- Schedule movers as needed.
- Keep a completed bill of lading until your possessions are delivered to your new home, the charges are paid and any claims are settled.
- Recycle flammable materials or containers that may leak, acids, cleaning fluids, matches, paint, etc.
4. Take care of all last-minute details.
- Check all closets, cabinets and rooms one last time to make sure you haven't left anything behind.
- Make sure all systems and lights have been turned off in your home before you lock up.
- If you are in a condo or apartment, be sure to schedule your move well in advance. Check your condo documents or lease for moving rules and restrictions.
5. Prior to moving in.
- Arrange for a cleaning service to clean your new home, specifically ask them to clean the inside of the appliances and grill.
- Have the home rekeyed
- Have the HVAC serviced