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Move like a Pro with the Estes SureMove Moving Preparation Checklist

SureMove Moving Tips


Early Preparation

Begin cleaning out your attic, closets and basement as soon as you know you'll be moving.
Weeks ahead, begin packing the items you won't need until you move into your new home—such as wall art, knick-knacks, photos and books.
Put all of your belongings in one of four categories and deal with them accordingly:
  • Things to take with you
  • Things to give away (to friends, family or charities)
  • Things to sell at a yard sale
  • Things to throw away.
Keep a running list of things you'll want to replace once you get to your new home.
Clean out your toolshed and garage, and gather outdoor garden implements like hoses and pots.
Finish consuming or discarding perishable food items from your refrigerator before your move.
Clean your stove and refrigerator. If you're taking the refrigerator with you, be sure to defrost and dry it at least a day before the move.
At least two weeks before your move, have your car serviced.
Update your car registration and driver's license. Since timing and requirements may vary by state, visit the Department of Motor Vehicle's website or call them for details.
As soon as you know you're moving, determine any need for trailer parking permits by checking with the local government entity at both your current and new addresses.
Get copies of school, medical, legal and other important records.
Destroy old, unneeded financial records with a personal shredder. Some office supply stores also offer this service for a fee.
Ensure your children's vaccinations and medications are up-to-date.
Reserve any airline/train tickets and lodging as necessary for your move.
If you rent a bank safe deposit box, consider withdrawing its contents and depositing it in a safe deposit box near your new address.

Who to Notify

Alert your service providers about your upcoming change of address:
  • Banks
  • Cleaning Services
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Doctor and Dentist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Governments (federal/state/local—for taxes, Social Security, etc.)
  • Insurance (house/automobile/life)
  • Lawn Care
  • Lawyer
  • Newspaper
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmacy
  • Place of Worship
  • Regular Delivery Services (natural gas, propane gas, Culligan-type water jugs, etc.)
  • Telephone/Internet Provider
  • Veterinarian
Contact your current utilities/home services/newspaper providers to discuss their timing and procedures for disconnection (or account transfer to the new residence, if applicable) as soon as you know you'll be moving.
Change your mailing address with the post office about 4-6 weeks before you move. You can notify the post office by completing an online form on the U.S. Postal Service's website (www.usps.com) or in-person at any post office.
About a week before moving day, mail "We've Moved" postcards to your friends and family, and send similar notices via the Internet if your email address will change. You can buy these postcards in office supply stores, find them on the Internet or create them on your home computer from free templates downloaded from the Internet.

Making Arrangements for Your New Location

At least a month before your move, arrange for utility services (electric, gas, telephone, cable, Internet, trash, etc.) for your new address. At a minimum, you'll probably want the power and water running at your new home by the time you move in.
Register your children with their new school or daycare.
Pack essentials you'll need as soon as you arrive at your new home separately. Items should include cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper, extension cords and batteries, work gloves, disposable plates, cups and utensils, pet supplies, toiletries, a hammer and screwdriver, bedding and linens, snacks, canned/boxed drinks…and even toys for the kids. (NOTE: For easier accessibility, pack these items last on the truck.)

Packing Day Preparation

If you can't do all of the packing and loading yourself, ask friends if they can help. (Be sure to give them plenty of notice and begin packing well BEFORE your moving day!)
Create an area in your home for storing the cleaning supplies and tools you'll use on or before moving day.
Schedule a walk-through with your landlord (if necessary).
Pack a bag of essentials—including medications—that you can easily access the day of your move.
Plan for (or order) food and beverages for moving day.
Withdraw funds from the bank to cover both expected and unanticipated moving-day expenses.
Pack valuables and important legal, medical and personal documents away from everyday items, and plan to take them with you rather than putting them in the moving truck. Examples include medical records, passports, photo albums, jewelry, insurance information and tax records.

Before You leave

Leave your address and contact information for your home's new residents so they can forward any stray mail addressed to you or your family.
Do the walk-through with your landlord (if necessary).

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