Moving Done Right!
After endless searching and saving, you have found that perfect new home. Now that the easy part is over, it is time to pack up and move. Even though moving is not the way most people like to spend their time, it can be a process made easier with a little planning. Inside, you will find tips to make your move less difficult.
- Start to streamline: have a garage sale or donate items to a local charity.
- Arrange to transfer school records, dental records and physician's records. Get physician and dental references in your new area.
- Choose a moving company. Friends, family and colleagues can give referrals. Get price estimates from at least three companies. Most movers won't charge for this service. Once you've narrowed the companies down, ask for references and check if the mover is registered with the appropriate state Department of Transportation (see list at moving.com), as are most reputable movers. Confirm local Better Business Bureau ratings, as well.
- Review your homeowner's policy to see if belongings are covered during the move. If not, look into buying extended coverage or insuring through the mover.
- Take inventory of all the items you plan to move.
- Submit a request to change your address at least 30 days before the move. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of missing mail. The required forms are available at your local post office or online at moversguide.usps.com.
- Change your address with the IRS. To find out if your moving expenses may be deductible, contact the IRS at (800) 829-3676 or irs.ustreas.gov, and ask for Tax Publication 521, Moving Expenses.
- Cancel local services including newspaper delivery, gym memberships, trash service and bank accounts. Remember to clear out your safety deposit box.
- Make hotel reservations and book airline tickets if necessary.
- Begin packing items that you do not use daily.
Transfer all prescriptions.
- Set up services for your new address including electricity, gas, phone, long distance, insurance, cable, wireless services and Internet service. Notify current service providers of the move to cancel or transfer your account.
- Set aside valuables such as stocks, legal documents, photos and other irreplaceable items — it's best to transport them personally.
- Do not pack any flammable materials such as paint, acids or aerosol cans.
- Take plants separately or arrange to donate them.
- Pack strategically — load items like the vacuum cleaner and bedding last so they can be the first items to be unloaded. The more organized you are, the better off you'll be when arriving at your new home.
- Do not leave until you have done a final walk-through to make sure everything is packed.
- Give movers a phone number where you can be reached at all times.
- Be patient! Prepare to unpack and enjoy your new home.