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Preparation, having a workable timetable and getting good advice is the key to success when planning move to new area. The following information should help you get started.
3 WEEKS BEFORE LEAVING:
- Tour your house and decide which items may be discarded, donated or sold at a yard/garage sale.
- Arrange for school records to be transferred.
- Begin using perishable food items since they cannot be transported.
- Use flammable items or give them away before you move. They cannot be transported.
2 WEEKS BEFORE LEAVING:
- Post Office: Give forwarding address.
- Charge accounts, credit cards.
- Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
- Friends & relatives.
- Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.
- Arrange Credit reference.
- Notify company of new location for coverage; Life, health, fire, auto.
- Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, cable TV.
- Get refunds on any deposits made.
- Laundry, newspaper; change-over of services.
MEDICAL, DENTAL, PRESCRIPTION HISTORIES
- Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays. Obtain birth records, etc.
CHURCH, CLUB, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
- Transfer memberships; get letters of introduction.
- Find churches near your new residence.
- Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.
ON MOVING DAY:
- Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connection in new city.
- Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail.
- Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy.
- Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
- Let a close friend or relative know the route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him/her as message headquarters.
- Make final check of every room and storage area.
- Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with REALTOR or neighbor.
AND DON’T FORGET TO:
- Empty freezer; plan use of foods.
- Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator.
- Have appliances disassembled for moving.
- Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped.
- Check with your Moving Company regarding insurance coverage, labor, arrival day and payment.
AND AT YOUR NEW ADDRESS:
- Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and cable TV.
- Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, incinerator and furnace.
- Have appliances checked.
- Ask letter carrier for mail, they may be holding for your arrival.
- Have new address recorded on driver’s license.
- Visit city offices and register for voting.
- Register family in your new place of worship.
- Register children in school.
For additional advice on planning move to make it a little smoother and easier, check out these Moving Tips