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Pre-Move Checklist

Use this calendar to keep your move on the right track.

Two Months and Counting

6 to 8 Weeks Before
- Contact a moving company and tell them the dates you plan to move. Set up a date for an agent to come over and survey your goods. Unless you're given a binding estimate, the cost can vary, depending on the actual weight of items and any extra services.
- Decide if you are going to pack for yourself or have the movers do it.
- Draw a floor plan of your new house. This will help you decide which furniture stays and which furniture will go.
- Establish credit in your new city. Arrange for a transfer of bank account funds and the contents of your safety deposit box.
- Check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is covered. Transfer fire, theft, and other personal property insurance to ensure coverage at your new home.
- Gather information on prescriptions. Get current phone numbers and addresses of your doctor and dentist.
- Transfer or resign from organizations and associations.
- Arrange to transfer school records and secure transcripts from the local school district you are leaving. Get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, accountants, etc.
- Start collecting suitable containers and packing materials if you plan to do the packing yourself.
- Start to use up things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods, canned goods, and flammable household aerosol cleaners. Buy only what you will use before moving.

4 to 6 Weeks Before
- Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms, and others who need to be notified of your move.
- Plan to cancel all utilities.
- Pick up all dry cleaning and anything left at the tailor or shoe repair shop.
- Set a date to cancel the newspaper.
- Consider having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted clothes or furniture.
- Alert the post office that you will be moving. If you don't yet know your permanent address, the post office can hold your mail for you. Send out change-of-address cards. First-class mail is forwarded free of charge for one year; newspapers and magazines are forwarded for 60 days.

2 to 3 Weeks Before
- Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
- Help your children host their own "going-away" party.
- Hold an open house or informal dinner for friends to say goodbye. Keep it simple.
- Take your car in to have it checked for the upcoming road trip.
- Transfer all prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned and keep them in bags until the movers arrive.
- Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations.
- Collect all items being repaired, cleaned, or stored. Empty your locker at the gym.
- Return library books and anything else you may have borrowed.
- Assemble packing materials:
* Boxes
* Felt-tip markers
* Large self-stick labels
* Newspapers
* Utility knife
* Packing peanuts or bubble wrap
* Packing tape
* Furniture pads
* Dolly
* Scissors

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