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Moving and Relocation To-Do List: 2 Months Before

2 months until the move...

Start deciding what is going to move to your new home.

Start eliminating what you don't want to take with you. Move methodically from room to room.

Use the moving and relocation worksheet to identify items you can donate, want to sell, need to get repaired or cleaned, or can toss or give away.

Start a move file or create a move book for all your move-related paperwork, receipts, and contact information for vendors e.g. designers, brokers, insurance and moving companies, storage facilities, repairmen, painters.

Schedule meetings with movers and get moving estimates.

Post saleable items for free on www.craigslist.com

Schedule work that needs to be done in your new home before the move e.g. painting, floors, window treatments, etc.

6 weeks before the move...

Check measurements in new home to ensure furniture will fit (Get a floorplan).

Contact our preferred charitable organization to schedule a pickup date of donation items. Ask for a tax receipt.

Get items that require repair or cleaning delivered to your chosen vendors.

Schedule appointments with potential buyers to assess saleable items.

If moving into an apartment building, reserve your move-in date.

Schedule rugs and drapes to be picked up and professionally cleaned before move.

One month before move...

Check with the Better Business Bureau if any claims have been filed against your short list of movers.

Select a mover and set moving (and packing) date(s).

Get written confirmation of costs and details of move.

Order boxes and moving supplies.

If packing yourself, start packing the items used most infrequently. Number and inventory every box (with general content information) using moving and relocation log.

Check insurance coverage with your insurance broker to ensure that your home's contents are covered in transit. During packing, note items of special value on the moving and relocation log. If you purchase supplemental insurance from the moving company, you must declare in writing any items valued at over $100 per pound (for example, a computer).

Change your address at www.usps.gov

Alert the following about your change of address:

  • Banks
  • Credit card companies
  • Brokerage firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Utility companies
  • HR department
  • Doctors, dentists, vet
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Memberships
  • Friends and family members

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