If you are depending on friends and family to help you move, have a back-up plan if they don’t show.
Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.
Schedule in advance
Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day. For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.
1 week before
Take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.
Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.
Utilities and services
Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day — you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there! Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, lawn services about a week before the move.
Change of address
Mail in your change of address forms about week before your move date. Go to USPS.com/move to change your address online.
1 day before
Loved ones, again
Again, take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.
Clean your stove before you move out. The day before your move, defrost the fridge.
Bring a roll of toilet paper with you.
Remember to get snacks for move day.
Make sure to get enough cash to get you through move day.
Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favorite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.
By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives. Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.