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4 to 6 Weeks Before Your Move
Conduct an inventory. Decide what to move and what not to move.
Make arrangements for your trip (hotel/airline reservations, drive routing, etc.).
Schedule a moving sale for items you won't move. Donate other items to charitable organizations (ask for a receipt for tax records).
Arrange for packing. Your North American agent can make these arrangements and provide special packing cartons.
Gather your personal records: medical, dental, school, birth, baptism, marriage, etc. Send transcripts of your school records in advance to the new school.
Close local department store and other local charge accounts.
Arrange with employer to forward tax withholding forms.
Make arrangements to discontinue
(and make arrangements to start these services in your new location):
Water softener service
Electricity (check for refund)
Gas service (check for refund)
Fuel or oil delivery
Other household services
Mail change of address cards to:
Social Security office
Friends and Relatives
Mail order accounts
2 to 3 Weeks Before Your Move
Fill, transfer and pack prescriptions for family and pets.
Arrange for shipments of plants and pets. Get immunization records for pets.
Safely dispose of or give away all flammables (paints, paint removers, etc.) as they will be impossible to move.
The Week Before Your Move
Defrost refrigerator and freezer, plus allow air-drying to prevent mildew. Arrange for disposal of frozen foods (sell, give away, or eat). Clean oven.
Transfer/close checking and savings accounts.
Drain fuel and oil from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
Drain garden hoses.
Pack items to be carried in car. Label "Do Not Move."
Gather valuables from safe deposit box, drawers, jewelry cases, personal records. Pack safely to take with you.
Send clothing, draperies, curtains, rugs out for cleaning and leave in wrapping. Take down curtain rods, shelves, TV antenna.
Have car serviced for trip and have proof of insurance in car.
Remember to pack a box of the basics you'll need on move-in day (tools, paper products, all-purpose household cleaners, etc.). Be sure to have it loaded last so that it will be first off at your new home.
Pack suitcases for trip. Remove all bed linens.
Be available to check items on inventory sheet.
Conduct a last minute walk through with your van operator. Make sure windows are closed, closets empty, lights out and doors locked.
Be available to check off items on the inventory as they are removed from the van.