Once you’ve purchased your new dream home, your mind is probably full of the details you nee to handle to leave behind your current home and establish your new lifestyle. While you probably have a personal list that involves farewell parties with friends, here are some reminders of things you’ll need to take care of before, during and after your move.
TWO MONTHS BEFORE YOU MOVE
- Receive your timeline regarding the sale of your home.
- Get estimates from moving companies. Check prices, compare consumer reviews on Angie’s List of Yelp and make sure they come to your home for an accurate, free estimate.
- Get estimates from storage units if you need one. PublicStorage.
- Print your floor plan so you’ll know where everything goes in your new home.
- Donate, sell or throw out anything you don’t want to move. Try 123 Junk or Ebay.
- Create an inventory of valuable items for insurance purposes.
- Make a list of everyone who needs your new address.
- Schools. Contact your children’s schools in your current hometown and in your new location to arrange for transcripts to be sent and to register for classes. To find a public or private school near your home, try
- Greater Schools.
SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
- Gather packing materials including boxes.
- Start packing anything you don’t use regularly. Be sure to label every box with a contents list and destination room in your new home.
- Set your final moving date and make a reservation with your moving company.
- Make travel arrangements for your family and your pets.
- Medical needs. Get your medical and dental records to give to future providers. Don’t forget the vet records for your pets.
- Organize a yard sale.
- Arrange for any required repairs on your current home.
- Contact your insurance agent to research and establish an insurance policy for your new home. By the way, keep the insurance you have until after settlement.
- Contact your car insurance company to see if they will cover you in your new location and to get a quote on your new rate.
- Research doctors, dentists, vets, and pet sitters in your new neighborhood. Try your health insurance company or WebMD.
- Open an account with a bank in your neighborhood unless there’s a branch of your current financial institution.
ONE MONTH BEFORE YOU MOVE
- Check in with your lender to make sure your new mortgage is on track for closing date.
- Contact the phone, gas, electric, cable, water and trash companies in both locations to cancel and establish your services. Don’t cancel the gas, electric or water until settlement date.
- Cancel your lawn care and or cleaning service.
- Cancel your gym membership and find a new gym.
- Pick up prescriptions and have recurring prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.
- Contact the post office to have your mail forwarded.
- Pick up your dry cleaning.
- Return your library books and any other borrowed items.
ONE WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
- Dispose of all cleaning solutions or flammable liquids that can’t be moved.
- Confirm travel and arrangements.
- Change your address with friends, family creditors, magazine subscriptions, financial institutions, and other organizations.
- Cancel your newspaper subscription and start a new one in your new city.
- Finish packing. Put a few days of clothes, toiletries, and valuables such as jewelry you want to keep with you in a suitcase.
- Arrange for childcare and pet care for moving day.
- Confirm your moving company reservation and be ready with your payment and tip.
- Print a map and directions for you and your movers to your new home.
- Move the contents of your safe-deposit box to your new bank.
- Get your car tuned up before you move.
- Arrange for a post move cleaning service.
- Print copies of your new floor plan so they are ready to post in your new home when the movers are unloading.
ONE DAY BEFORE YOU MOVE
- Empty and clean your refrigerator.
- Drain your washing machine and hoses.
- Search all closets, drawers and cabinets to be sure every item has been packed.
- Get some cash to have on hand for tips and meals along the way.
- Coordinate your utilities and power with the new owners.
- Provide the mover with your cell phone number.
- Charge your cell phones.
- Make a post-move grocery list and locate the nearest store. Sign up for their rewards program.
- Watch the movers to be sure everything is handled properly.
- Search every room to be sure nothing has been left behind.
- Leave your note or welcome packet (see “AFTER YOU MOVE” section for ideas) with your new address for the new residents.
- Turn off all lights and lock all the windows and doors before you leave.
AFTER YOU MOVE
As soon as you have unpacked the basics, it will be time to locate some of the following services and companies:
- Window treatments. You may want to set up an appointment with a provider even before your move-in day.
- Restaurants. Get menus from the local delivery restaurants and locate nearby dining spots.
- Home improvement store.
- Grocery Store.
- Place of worship.
- Community groups for you and your kids.
- Fitness center.
- Furniture store.