The American Moving & Storage Association recommends the following steps as preparation for moving day.

At Eight Weeks

  • Obtain moving estimates and hire the company that best meets your needs.

At Six Weeks

  • Meet with your mover and discuss all details, costs, insurance, packing, loading, delivery, and claims procedures.

At Four Weeks

  • If the mover will be packing, arrange for it to be done one to two days before loading.
  • If packing yourself, begin packing.
  • Sort through and throw out, recycle, give away, donate, or sell belongings you don’t want or need.
  • If necessary, arrange for storage.

At Three Weeks

  • Arrange to have utilities, cable, Internet, and phones disconnected in your old house and hooked up in your new house.
  • Make travel arrangements and hotel reservations for your trip.
  • Apartment dwellers—reserve elevator for moving day.
  • Obtain medical, dental, and veterinarian records.

At Two Weeks

  • File a change-of-address notice with the Postal Service.
  • Make special arrangements for transporting pets and plants.
  • Notify sources of bills, and brokerage and bank accounts.

At One Week

  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day.
  • Transfer prescriptions.
  • Arrange for delivery services (newspapers, etc.) to be discontinued.

One to Two Days Before

  • Have mover pack your goods.
  • Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
  • Arrange for cash/traveler’s checks for trip and expenses and payment to mover.
  • If traveling a long distance by car, check your tires, oil, wipers, etc.

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