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Move Planner

If possible, allow up to 30 days to plan your move and schedule any activities you want to complete before moving day. Avoid peak periods for moving, if possible: the first few days and the last few days of the month are times when everyone wants to move. Start planning early, and you'll be surprised how smoothly things can go. The following checklist is designed to help you plan.

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):

 Newspaper delivery

 Water softener service

 Electricity (check for refund)

 Water service

 Gas service (check for refund)

 Fuel or oil delivery

 Garbage collection

 Diaper service

 Lawn/pool service

 Other household services


Mail change of address cards to:

 Post office

 Social Security office

 Insurance companies

 Credit cards

 Magazines

 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.


Moving Day

 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.


Delivery Day

 Be available to check off items on the inventory as they are removed from the van.

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