Pre-Move Tips

Things you should know if you're planning a move.

Moving Checklist

Two months prior to move:

  1. Establish your move date.
  2. Contact your personal move coordinator to begin the moving process.
  3. Sort and purge. Go through every room and decide what you'd like to keep and what you can donate, sell or throw away.
  4. Transfer school records. Arrange for dental and medical records to be transferred. Ask for referrals.

Six weeks prior to move:

  1. If you plan to pack yourself, order supplies - tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and markers. Contact for specialty boxes and crates.
  2. Contact the utility company and transfer your services. Leave utilities on until the day after moving.
  3. Transfer your driver's license(s) to your new town or state.
  4. Finalize your living arrangements, home-owners/renters insurance at your new residence.

One month prior to move:

  1. Finalize your move with If you need storage, make arrangements with now.
  2. If you have high-value or specialty items, call your personal relocation coordinator at and we can send you a high-value inventory form.
  3. If you’re moving out-of-state, make any travel arrangements – including reservations for lodging.
  4. Finalize your living arrangements. Collect important papers – wills, birth certificates, social security cards, car titles, medical records, financial documents and store in a separate, safe place.

Three weeks prior to move:

  1. If you are doing your own packing, start now. Clearly label and number each box with its contents and its designated room.
  2. Make arrangements for child care or pet sitting for the day of the move.
  3. Set aside flammables to be moved by you or disposed of.
  4. Call for packing tips and to purchase any boxes that may be needed.
  5. Have your car serviced for the trip.

Two weeks prior to move:

  1. Take pet(s) to veterinarian for immunizations
  2. Drain oil and gasoline from power equipment. Drain garden hoses.
  3. Review your move plans. Are you on schedule? Any last minute changes? If is also unpacking, be sure to arrange this with your move coordinator.
  4. Refill and transfer your prescriptions. Have electrical appliances serviced for shipping.

One week prior to move:

  1. Go to to notify the Postal Service of your new address. Send change-of-address cards to friends, relatives and any subscriptions.
  2. Arrange for newspapers and or other delivery services to be discontinued.
  3. Defrost and dry refrigerator and freezer.
  4. Pack suitcases with clothes, toiletries and jewelry.

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