Moving Day

It’s Finally Here! 

The pinnacle of the process is here, moving day. Keep these steps in mind: 

  •  Provide the post office with your forwarding address two to four weeks ahead of the move. 
  •  Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of your change of address. 
  •  Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified about your move. 
  •  Arrange to disconnect utilities and have them connected at your new home. 
  •  Cancel the newspaper, or change the address so it will arrive at your new home. 
  •  Check insurance coverage for the items you’re moving. Usually movers only cover what they pack. 
  •  Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable. 
  •  Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight. 
  •  Check with your condo or co-op about any restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits for moving. 
  •  Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most, such as toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste. 
  •  Plus, if you’re moving out of town, be sure to: 
    •  Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets. 
    •  Get copies of children’s school records for transfer. 
  •  Consider special car needs for pets when traveling. 
  •  Empty your safety deposit box. 
  •  Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you’re moving in cold weather.