1. Transfer or Cancel:
- Utilities: electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash
- Cable, telephone (landline and cell phones), newspaper, and lawn services
- Car registration and driver's license
- Postal service - request mail forwarding
- Bank accounts and safe deposit box
- Insurance policies: property, auto, and medical
- Alarm/security company
- Voter registration
- Doctor, dentist, and other medical providers (make sure to have at least two weeks of prescription medicine on hand for the duration of your move)
- Health clubs
- Your children's schools and daycare centers
- Notify your contacts of your new address
- Notify your employer of your new address
2. Separate Your Items:
- Make a list of what you will and will not be taking with you. If you are hiring a moving company, catalog your valuables by taking pictures.
- Now is the time to purge. Decide how you will be getting rid of unwanted items by either selling them or donating them.
- Consider renting a movable storage unit (such as POD) to store your belongings. The unit can be transferred to your new address.
3. Get packing!
- Schedule movers as needed. If you hire a moving company, keep all documents pertaining to your move until your possessions are delivered to your new home, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
- Collect boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags, and markers - or let your movers bring these items.
- Disassemble furniture and pack all of your fragile household items.
- Recycle flammable materials or containers, such as acids, cleaning fluids, matches, paint, etc.
4. Last-Minute Details:
- Have your car serviced if you are traveling a long distance.
- Arrange hotel or other accommodations.
- Make plans for pet care and/or lodging.
- Check all closets, cabinets, and rooms one last time.
- Turn off all lights and alarm systems before you lock up.
5. Prepare for Settlement:
- Maintain homeowner's insurance for 2-3 days after settlement.
- Leave appliance manuals, warranty information, and spare keys in the house, or bring to settlement.
- Clean the house before the buyer's final walk through. Don't forget to check the garage and attic.
- Bring current photo identification.
- If you are moving out of a condo or apartment, check your lease for moving rules and restrictions.