Unified Title Company’s Helpful Moving Checklist

8 Weeks Before the Move:
-Call for estimates from three moving companies.
-Call Chamber of Commerce in your new town for their residential information packet.

6 Weeks Before the Move:
-Inventory your possessions – furniture, kitchenware, decorative items, electronics, and apparel. Complete and mail US Postal -Service change of address forms.
-If moving out of town, obtain copies of all medical, dental, accounting, legal, and veterinarian records. If children are changing schools, arrange for transfer of educational records.
-If moving out of town, make travel arrangements for moving day.
-Contact your tax advisor to discuss potential tax deductions and liabilities related to your move.
-If using professional movers, select the company and obtain itemized costs.

4 Weeks Before the Move:
-Clean drapes and carpeting as needed.
-Advertise a garage sale to dispose of unneeded possessions.
-If hiring a professional moving company, schedule for packing to take place 1-2 days before the move. Purchase adequate boxes, packing materials, and tape or request from professional movers.
-Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if needed.
-Make travel arrangements for pets, including necessary medical records, immunizations and medications.

3 Weeks Before the Move:
-Gather packing materials in a central location.
-Begin packing items you won’t need immediately or that will go into storage.
-Contact utilities on both ends of the move to order termination or turn-on for occupancy date. Confirm travel arrangements for family and pets.

2 Weeks Before the Move:
-If you are moving vehicles out of town, prepare them for the trip.
-Check tires and have cars serviced.
-Terminate newspaper and other delivery services.
-If necessary, arrange and confirm new bank accounts and local services in your new neighborhood. Schedule an appliance service firm to prepare major appliances for transport on moving day.

1 Week Before the Move:
-Gather important papers, records, and valuables for protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box. Notify friends and neighbors of new address and phone number if possible.
-Arrange for young children to be cared for on moving day.
-Obtain any prescription medications needed for the next few weeks.

Week of the Move:
-Defrost refrigerator/freezer and give away all perishable food.
-Keep a box marked “Last Box Packed/First Box Unpacked” for tools, flashlights and first aid kit.
-Pack items to carry with you. Valuables, financial records, personal papers and inventory from the movers. Give the movers a telephone number and address to reach you.

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