Getting ready to move is a huge undertaking that can bring a lot of stress to the family.



There are so many plans to be made and so much to do that it is easy to forget to do many of the things that are important before, during and after the move.  Putting together a complete to-do list can make the transition go a little easier.  Here is a basic list that you can use and build upon for your move.

Things to do four to six weeks before moving:

  • It might be a good idea to have a garage sale to earn a little extra cash to help with your move and to get rid of many of your items that aren’t needed.  If this is just too much work during this busy time just donate your items to charity and don’t forget to get a tax-deductible receipt. 
  • Now is the time to start cooking all of your frozen and even canned foods so you are packing and moving a lot of unnecessary items. 
  • Start making a list of all of your friends, relatives, and businesses that need to be notified of your move.
  • Fill out change of address cards and the information on the United States Postal Service.  If you aren’t sure of your new permanent address the post office will hold your mail for you.  Change addresses on magazine subscriptions and other mail.
  • Contact a moving company.

Things to do two to four weeks before moving:

  • If you have children you will need to find the schools they will be attending and get them pre-registered if needed.  It’s nice to take them to the school ahead of time so they can become adjusted to the idea of changing schools.  If possible, introduce them to their new teachers as well.  The fear of the unknown can create a lot of unnecessary anxiety for kids.
  • Gather and collect all medical, dental, and veterinary records to take with you.  This can save some precious time in the event of an emergency in the future. 
  • Determine what moving expenses will be tax-deductible.  Contact your tax accountant or the local IRS office, as they should be able to give you all of the necessary and appropriate information.  Make sure you keep good and careful records with all receipts for proper tax deductions.
  • Contact an insurance agent in the new area so your new home, automobiles, and personal possessions will be covered during and after your move.  Your current coverage may be transferred so check with your local agent.
  • Have all of your automobiles serviced and checked before the move.  You certainly don’t want to have a break down while moving and once you move the last thing you want to worry about is having the oil changed in your car at least for a couple of weeks.
  • Take your pets to the veterinarian and obtain all necessary health and rabies certificates.  Make arrangements to transport family pets safely.  Ask your veterinarian to check out and give you some recommendations for a veterinarian in the new area.
  • Call and arrange and schedule the telephone, utility, cable and appliance installations in your new home.  
  • Now is the time to transfer all of you bills, bank statements, financial documents, and other important mail to your new address.  Some of these things can be completed online, but there are some companies that require a written request sent via mail.
  • Donate any food items that do you want to move to a local food bank.  Sometimes it’s much easier to purchase new groceries than to move it all. 

Things to do one week before the move:

  • Pack everything that will not be packed by the mover (if you are using one).  If you are not using a mover, you can start packing all non-essential items.  Number all moving boxes and make a master list of what is in all boxes.  Label boxes according to the room they go in.
  • Notify and set up a schedule to discontinue your services such as your newspaper, cable, garbage, and utilities. 
  • Collect all of your valuables and personal documents from your safe deposit box.  Store in a secure portable safe.
  • Reconcile and then close checking accounts or transfer accounts to your new local bank.  Withdraw and/or transfer savings accounts.
  • Get cash or travelers checks for the move. 

Things to do three days before moving:

  • Schedule the exact time for the moving company to arrive.
  • Pack and get ready for the move.
  • Carefully supervise the movers in your home.
  • Make sure you double-check all of your inventory of items and then check the paperwork completely before signing with the movers.

 Additional medical moving tips:

  • If you have a special healthcare need or requirements, contact providers in your new area to get the information you need to transfer treatment.
  • Call the offices of your current physicians and dentists and other healthcare providers to tell them you are moving.  Ask for any referrals they might be willing to make to you before your move.
  • If you have already chosen a new physician or dentist, ask your current physician and dentist to forward copies of your records for everyone in the family to your new doctor or dentist.
  • If you haven’t chosen a new doctor or dentist, ask your current providers to provide copies of your pertinent records so you can take them with you.  Pack these records so that they will go with you personally and not with the movers.  You might need to have them readily available in case of an emergency.
  • It is very important to get copies of all of your children’s immunization records before you move.  You will not be able to enroll your children in local schools without these records.  You will also need certified copies of their birth certificates and the address and contact information from their current school so the new school can obtain school records.
  • Be sure to notify your healthcare insurance, especially if you have a prescription drug card, of your moving plans.  Have them provide a list of approved physicians, hospitals, etc in the area that you will be moving to.
  • Pack an emergency first aid kit for traveling and to have readily available in your new home. 
  • Transfer all prescriptions to a new pharmacy.