Moving requires extensive planning, teamwork and understanding. The experience does not have to be traumatic. It can be rewarding and meaningful. Here are some suggestions to help you organize for a smooth move.
■Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation and lodging reservations in advance.
■Send change of address to: Post office (give forwarding address), charge accounts and credit cards, subscriptions (change notice requires several weeks), and friends and relatives.
■Contact gas, electric, and telephone companies in new location to arrange for immediate service.
■Arrange insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property.
■Arrange for your present bank to establish credit references for new bank accounts.
■Service appliances before moving.
■Clean rugs and have them wrapped.
■Discontinue deliveries, electricity, water, gas, newspapers, and garbage collection, etc.
■Obtain copies or transfer your children's school records.
■Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental X-rays, and vaccinations.
■Cancel club memberships.
■Transfer car title registration, if necessary, as well as driver's license, city windshield sticker, and motor club membership.
■Pay existing bills and cancel local charge accounts.
■Check on personal items that may be at the photo shop, bank safe deposit box, neighbor's house, on lay-a-way or in the repair shop (e.g., shoes, jewelry, small appliances or clothing).
■Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records from the vet.
■Return all library books and anything borrowed from friends.
■Notify the religious leader of your church or synagogue.
■Carry traveler's checks for quick, available funds.
■Plan for special care and needs of infants.
■Arrange for transporting plants.
■Service the car for the trip.
■Disconnect the telephone.
■Review moving plans with your moving company representative, including insurance for packing and unpacking, arrival date, payment agreement, shipping papers, etc. One Week Before Moving
■Clean and air out your stove.
■Defrost refrigerator and freezer 24 hours before leaving.
■Place charcoal or baking soda inside refrigerator and freezer to dispel odors.
■Dispose of all open cans and jars that cannot be tightly sealed.
■Remember to pack your telephone directory for future reference.
Here are items you may need immediately upon arriving at your new home:
■Steel wool pads
■Paper plates, cups, napkins
■Plastic knives, forks, spoons
■Plastic pitcher for drinks
■First aid kit
■Hammer, screwdriver, pliers
■Coloring books and crayons
■Small surprise gift
■Easy-open cans of pudding
■Jars of cheese
■Packages of crackers
■Instant creamer, sugar, salt
■Dry soup mix
■Boxes of dry cereal, raisins
■Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
On Your Moving Day
■Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative.
■Carry all currency, jewelry, and personal papers (birth certificates, deeds, and documents).
■Double check closets, drawers, shelves and Attic spaces to be sure they are empty.
■Confirm hotel reservations.
■Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your Sales Associate.