Moving Day Countdown

Moving can be a real hassle. The best advice- don’t expect it to be a breeze. Many people find themselves in a very overwhelming situation close to the dreaded date. Taking the right approach to preparation and planning will simplify the process.  Here is a great outline for taking on the moving process courtesy of Century 21.


Two months prior to Moving Day:

  • If you use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.
  • If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
  • Create a floor plan of your new apartment for furniture and appliance placement.
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter.
  • Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).  Staying organized during the move is important.
  • Choose a mover or truck rental company.
  • Visit for tips on moving with children.


Six weeks prior to Moving Day:

  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community, and make storage arrangements if necessary.
  • Ask your current doctors or insurance companies for referrals in your new residential area, and obtain health records for easy transition.
  • Clean all closets and drawers.
  • Start using up all food and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.


Four weeks prior to Moving Day:

  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old residence, and connection of new services at your new residence.
  • If moving and packing yourself, make sure you reserve a rental truck and obtain any packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you move into your new residence.
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
  • Check with your insurance company for coverage of your possessions during the move.
  • Make travel plans for the final move.
  • Check to see if you need moving permits.
  • Plan your moving sale (ex. Yard sale).  Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.
  • Collect all important records and make sure you secure them doing the move (ex. Birth certificates, social security cards, legal records, etc.).


Three weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved (i.e. flammable liquids).
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).
  • Arrange use of the elevator in your apartment on move-in day.  Often Sundays are prohibited for moving purposes.
  • Hold your moving sale.


Two Weeks prior to Moving Day:

  • Arrange for disposal of anything not gotten rid of during your moving sale.
  • Service your car in preparation for the move.  Suggestion: if moving from warm to cold climate, check your antifreeze!
  • Return borrowed items *library books) and retrieve any items you have loaned out.
  • Cancel your newspaper delivery
  • Notify any creditors of your move.
  • Transfer prescriptions and make sure you have adequate supply of meds on hand.
  • Change your address; send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
  • Pack a necessities travel kit: checkbook, credit cards, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, aspirin, personal phonebook, etc.


One day prior to Moving Day

  • Transfer your bank accounts
  • Take animals to vet for immunizations, if necessary.
  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas.  Drain water hoses.
  • Confirm any travel reservations
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.
  • If using a moving company, let them pack your belongings.
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move (washer, dryer, microwave, oven, etc.).
  • Set aside car travel items is they will not be loaded on the moving truck.
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house and clearly mark the box “Load Last.”
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van or truck.


Moving Day

  • If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
  • Note all utility meter readings.
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.  Keep this paperwork ina  asafe place.


Delivery Day

  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
  • On interstate moves, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are loaded.
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking.
  • Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.