Use the helpful information and tips below before buying a home or as you prepare for your big move.
Before You Relocate
Use this relocation checklist as you prepare for your big move.
One Month Before Moving
- Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope.
- If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations, or plan your travel route if driving.
- Call a moving company or make truck rental reservations to move yourself.
- Finalize real estate and apartment rental needs. Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place. Give your mailers your new address (using Address Change Notification Cards):
- Friends and family members
- Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
- Charge card and credit card companies
- Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
- State and Federal Tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed.
- Internal Revenue Service
- Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
- Make maps of your new neighborhood to familiarize yourself and your family with your new area.
- Plan your moving budget
Two Weeks Before Moving
- Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
- Recruit moving day help.
- Confirm travel reservation.
- Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate.
The Day Before Moving
- Set aside moving materials like a tape measure, pocket knife, packing boxes, tape and markers.
- Pick up rental truck.
- Check oil and gas in your car.
- If traveling, make sure you have tickets, debit or credit cards, and other essentials.
Keep the following supplies and accessories on hand:
- Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered.
- Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
- Clearly mark fragile items.
- Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy to find place when you pack.
- Keep a medical kit accessible.
- If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip.
After You Relocate
During the First Week After Moving
- Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
- Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools or housewares unexpectedly.
- Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out which day the trash is collected. Also ask whether your new community has recycling programs.
- Seek out new service providers.
- Register to vote. Call your local board of elections for specific registration information. Ask them how to notify your previous voting district of your change of address.
- If you have moved into a different state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to exchange your driver's license.
- Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information on: schools, cable service, cultural events and community activities, Libraries and parks, and availability of emergency calling services, such as 911.
- Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
- Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value and your coverage.
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