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Friends Moving Checklist


4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

Set the date.
Mondays and Thursdays are your best choices so that banks and offices are open in case you have a problem.
Arrange for utility transfers.
Notify current and future utility providers of your move date. Note when current security deposits will be refunded and how much is due for the new ones.
This includes:
Cable/satellite television
Cell phone service
Internet/ broadband
Local phone service
Long distance phone service
Recycling pick-up
Security system
Trash pick-up
NOTE: It’s a good idea to schedule utility turn on dates at least one day prior to the move date and turn off dates at least one day after
the move to allow for emergencies or issues that may arise.
File change of address.
At minimum, file a Temporary Change of Address with the U.S. Post Office to buy you time before you notify everyone else. Complete
form PS-3575 at your local Post Office.
Make sure you have enough cash on hand to cover any unforseen expenses or emergencies.
Notify specific people of your change of address.
Some of the people who might need your change of address include:
Accountant/tax preparer
Alumni associations
Babysitter/ child care provider
Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRAs, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account)
Business cards (order new ones)
Cell phone provider
Child care/ daycare
Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes
Credit bureaus
Credit card issuers
Department of Motor Vehicles
Diaper service
Dry cleaning pick-up and delivery
Family members
Health clubs
House cleaning service
House of worship
Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles)
IRS (form 8822)
Lawn care
Luggage tags (replace existing ones)
Magazine subscriptions
New employer
Newspaper subscriptions
Old employer
Parent-teacher association
Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care
Pharmacy (BONUS: get year-to-date expense summary for taxes)
Physical therapist
Physician (BONUS: get referral for new location)
Post office
Professional organizations
Retirement plan holders
Return address labels (order new ones)
Schools: get copies of transcripts
Snow removal service
Social Security Administration
Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing)
Swimming pool memberships
Veterinarian: get vet records and recommendations
Water delivery service
Hire movers or reserve the truck.
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Get the essential moving supplies.
At minimum, you will need:
Markers to label boxes (preferably wide tip, dark color)
Moving boxes
Newsprint, packing peanuts or other cushioning material
Packing tape
Scissors or utility knife
For your convenience, FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY offers most of these supplies.
Get or make a moving organizer.
You can make a moving organizer for all your important notes, receipts, and important information by using:
3 Ring Binder
Pocket dividers to separate sections and hold important receipts
Paper for keeping all your notes (3-holed graph paper is ideal for this).
Start packing!
NOTE: Almost everyone under-estimates how much time it takes to pack, so start early and leave plenty of extra time.
Separate cherished items from the non-essential.
One of the biggest secrets of moving success is eliminating as many items from the move as possible. Donate items to charity, give them
to friends, prepare them for a yard sale or throw them out.
2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day
Make arrangements to return items.
Cable/ satellite receiver boxes, remote controls, dishes
Cable/DSL modems
Carpet shampooer
Clothing (borrowed)
DVD and video game rentals
Library books (neighborhood and school)
Tools (borrowed or rented)
Trash cans/ recycle bins
Unwanted purchases
Make arrangements to retrieve items.
Clothing at dry cleaners, tailors or in storage
Clothing lent to friends
Items at repair shops
Tools lent to neighbors or friends
Open bank accounts near your new address.
You may want to open a new safe deposit box at the same time, and move all vital papers and/or jewelry into the box in advance. That
way you don’t have to worry about them on moving day.
Create one Open Me First box for specific rooms.
You’ll need to access certain packed items almost immediately after you arrive, and they need to be packed together in special boxes (one
per room) and marked with either bright red markers or special stickers so you can spot them easily. The specific rooms are:
aluminum foil
break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates
coffee maker (don’t forget the filters!)
dish detergent
frying pan and spatula
pet food and bowels
tea kettle
Main Bathroom
bath mat
bath towels
first-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide)
hair dryer
shower curtain and rings
toothbrushes and toothpaste
Tool room or drawer
duct tape
flat-head screwdriver
Phillips-head screwdriver
picture hangers
tape measure
utility knife
Finish packing for non-living rooms.
You want to be completed for non-essential rooms such as the basement, garage, attic, utility rooms, etc. so you can focus on main
living areas in the last weeks.
Start eating perishable food from freezer and refrigerator.
Hold a yard sale.
You might be surprised to learn that you can earn a few hundred dollars by selling non-essential items, earning you cash and making
your move more efficient.
1 Week Prior to Moving Day
Confirm start time, current home address and future home address with FRIENDS MOVING COMPANY.
Recruit friends for moving day madness.
Having extra help for last-minute errands or helping to watch movers and answer questions can be invaluable.
Make arrangements for child and/or pet sitting.
Having small children and pets watched on Moving Day can eliminate a lot of stress and confusion on the big day, especially while taking care
of all the other important details.
Moving Day
Start early.
Moving is stressful enough without waking up late and running around with movers waiting outside.
Make sure drivers have your cell phone number and you have theirs, along with their names.
Things come up on moving day; make sure you have a way to stay in contact.
Be available for movers questions.
Perform final checks before leaving current home.
Here are some final items to verify before shutting the door for the last time:
Are the air conditioning, fans, and heat turned off?
Is the water shut off, including to hoses?
Are the light switches turned off?
Are the keys and garage door openers for current home turned in or left on the kitchen counter?
Anything left in refrigerator, freezer, stove, drawer under stove, in closets, in bathroom, under porch, in garage, in
attic, in crawlway?
Did you pack your hoses and sprinklers?



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