Notify schools and arrange for transfer of school records and transcripts.
Contact the IRS or your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.
Cancel deliveries (newspaper, diapers, laundry, etc.).
Cancel or transfer membership in religious, civic and athletic organizations.
Finalize arrangements with moving company. If your moving company is packing your belongings, arrange for packing to be done 1-2 days before the actual moving day.
Arrange for child care on moving day.
Dispose of items that you do not want to bring with you or your moving company cannot transport (flammables).
Hold a garage sale or sell online.
Donate to charity (tax-deductible) or give away to friends and relatives.
Bulky items pick up or drop off – check with your local garbage disposal company.
Drop off recycle household chemicals, oil, batteries, etc – check with your local garbage disposal company.
If you are moving out of a high-rise building, contact the property manager and reserve the elevator for moving day. Secure parking for the moving truck.
Arrange for removal of “installed items” you are bringing with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.
Change of address, Fill out change of address forms with the US postal service, Social Security Administration, IRS and DMV
Friends and relatives
Charge and credit card accounts
Frequent flyer programs
Brokers and mutual funds
Catalogues you want to keep receiving
Memberships in professional and religious organizations or gym
4 Days before Moving Day
Stop watering your plants to avoid spillage during the move.
Confirm date and time of your move with moving company.
Return any cable equipment.
Cancel utilities (gas, electric, cable, phone, water, garbage; transfer services, if possible, or arrange new services).
1 Day before Moving Day
Take down curtains and curtain rods.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.
Clean and air your stove.
Have moving company pack your belongings (or finish packing if you do your own packing).
Plan your breakfast. Paper plates are fine. Eating something on the road is better.
Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.
Go to bed early to be ready for an early start on moving day.
Pack a special box with other essentials you will need for the first few days (Make sure to mark this box “DO NOT MOVE”).
Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.
Walk around with the crew chief.
Keep your signed bill of lading in an easily accessible place.
Make sure the movers have the correct delivery address and phone and cellular numbers.
Before the moving crew leaves from your old location, take a final look through your old location to make certain nothing has been left behind.
Check all closets and cabinets.
Things To Do after Moving In
Open bank accounts.
Open safe deposit box account.
Begin deliveries (newspaper, diapers, laundry).
Register to vote.
Change driver’s license.
Change auto registration.
Install new batteries in existing smoke detectors (and install any additional needed smoke detectors) and buy fire extinguisher.
Hold a housewarming party for the folks who helped you find your home and your moving company helpers.