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Complete Task List

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8 Weeks Pre-Move

Check on Your Credit

Moving is a good time to learn where you stand financially. Why don't you check your credit report before you plan your move?

Figure out Move Method

It's time to think about how you're going to move. Are you doing it yourself? Or hiring a professional? Start familiarizing yourself with options and your budget. Read more about choosing the right move method for you.

Research your New Community

You can start learning about your new community by surfing the web. You'll find access to everything from neighborhood maps to restaurant guides. And check out our city profile reports for free.

Find a Roommate

Need a roommate? This is an important consideration. Don't wait until the last minute. Visit's Roommate Center for all of your roommate matching needs. Whether you're looking to rent out a room or move in with someone new, you'll find helpful articles and great resources to help make the transition easier.

Do Your Research

Protect yourself and your belongings by understanding your Rights and Responsibilities when you move. This is a must read for anyone hiring professional movers. Protect Your Move

7 Weeks Pre-Move

Packing Materials

Throw out all frayed towels and sheets that have gone gray. Rule of thumb: If Mom would faint at the condition of your bed and bath linens - feed them to the incinerator (or better yet, use them to wrap delicate items on your move day).

Travel Arrangements

If you are traveling a long distance during your move, make airline, car and hotel reservations. Pay close attention to flight schedules because you want to arrive at least six hours before your movers arrive.

Research Storage Facilities -FREE on

Too much stuff for your new place? Consider a storage facility which you can search for using the free Storage Center. Start your research by comparing pricing and security levels. If you need frequent access to your possessions, be sure the facility can accommodate you.

6 Weeks Pre-Move

Food and Cleaning Supplies

Finish up or pack the remaining food in the pantry and freezer. Use cleaning supplies you have on hand and avoid shopping for household items.

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Get FREE estimates from Professional Movers

It's time to research professional movers and solicit price quotes. Visit our Full-Service Moving Center to locate movers and get an instant estimate or request a personalized price quote. Be sure to provide specifics about your move so there are no last-minute surprises or costs.

Health Insurance

Call your health insurance provider to ensure that you'll still have medical coverage during your move and in your new town. If you have coverage, transfer the policy to your new address. Looking for insurance coverage? Check out our Insurance Center.

Notify Doctor and Dentist

Contact your doctor and dentist and inform them of your move. If you haven't selected a new doctor in your new town, request referrals from your current doctor. Once you have made your selection, arrange to have your medical records transferred. Note that most physicians require you to submit a signed letter before receiving records.

Tax-deductible Moving Expenses

Did you know that moving expenses are often tax deductible? You may be eligible to deduct transportation, travel, and lodging expenses for job-related moves. Begin to keep records of all move-related expenses and documents.

Time to Appraise Valuables

It’s time to have your valuables appraised if you plan on insuring them before your move.

Traveling Overseas

If you are traveling overseas, check local quarantine laws. You'll want to be prepared in advance of your move. Research international moves in's International Moves pages.

Update all Memberships

Are you a member of a community organization or club? Now is the time to formally resign or transfer your membership. You may also want to nominate a replacement if you hold a position on the board.

Assess the Accessibility of Your Home

If you live in a remote location, on a hill, or have a steep driveway that may not accommodate a large moving truck, be sure to discuss this with the moving company when requesting a personalized price quote. Additional charges may apply if a smaller "shuttle" truck is needed to complete the delivery of your goods.

Conduct a Pest Inspection

Inspect your new home for pests, inside and out. Search for service providers in your area with Service Magic.

Economical Alternative to Full-Service Movers

If you're moving out-of-state on a limited budget, try using a Self-Service Moving company. Click here to request a FREE price estimate from ABF U-Pack Moving®, a leading Self-Service Moving alternative that can save you time and money. Although this move style requires that you pack, load and unload your own belongings, the money you save could be well worth the effort.

Contact Your Car and/or Home Insurance Agent(s)

Ask your agent(s) about transferring automobile and property insurance to your new destination. Looking for insurance coverage? Check out our Insurance Center.

5 Weeks Pre-Move

Notify Service Providers

Any regular service providers such as housekeeping, landscaping, pool, security company should be notified of your impending move. You may also want to take this opportunity to look into these services for your new home.

Get Homeowners Insurance

When you purchased your new home, you most likely bought homeowners insurance as well. This doesn't mean that you're stuck with the same insurance provider for years. Be price conscious and shop around for the best rates.

Get Renters Insurance

Moving is a good time to consider renters insurance, so contact your insurance provider and request a price quote for your new home. In order to find a good rate, it's a wise idea to solicit quotes from several providers.

New Blinds and Decorating

Think about decorating your new place. Will you need blinds? Also, if possible, take measurements of all the rooms in your new home and decide where you will place furniture. Remember, new furniture can take over six weeks for delivery, so place your order well in advance. Check out our Decorating Center.

Order Long-Distance for Free

It's not too early to think about ordering long-distance phone service for your new home. Use's free utility center to get turned on in advance of your move. Now is the perfect time to switch your plan and get free minutes!

Packing Supplies

Consider purchasing packing materials. You may protect some of your possessions using crumpled paper; blankets; pillows; even clothing. Sturdy boxes; packing tape; bubble wrap; and packing peanuts can be purchased from moving companies and truck-rental firms.

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Plan Side Trips

If you're driving to your new home and have some extra time, make a mini-vacation out of your trip. Plan to visit historical sites and national parks along the route.

Propane Tank

Moving companies typically won't move propane tanks, gasoline, paint, thinners, aerosol cans and the like, so plan ahead and ask. If your mover refuses, make arrangements to transport it yourself or dispose of it properly.

Donate Possessions

Clean out your closets and bookcases. Donate or sell any clothing you have not worn in over two years. Sort through books and donate them to your local library or school, or sell to a used-book store. Donate anything you were unable to sell during the yard sale.

Yard Sale

What better way to get rid of old and tired possessions than a yard sale! Hold one in your neighborhood or exercise your technical know-how and hold a yard sale online. Read more about Tips on having a Yard Sale.

Take Advantage of your Empty Home

Obtain a copy of your new floor plan, or create your own. Then start to plan where your furniture and possessions will live. Measure the rooms, doorways, and stairways to avoid surprises. And seize the opportunity to clean all the walls, floors, windows, cabinets and closets, while your home is still empty.

Get a new Bank Account

It's time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer 'cash-back' on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account until all outstanding checks have cleared.

Organize Possessions

Start organizing your possessions. Create a personal inventory. Decide what items you will take and what you can part with. This inventory will also help you determine your homeowner's insurance requirements as well as the value of your shipment for moving insurance.

Decide Whether to Take Appliances

If you are moving appliances, schedule an appliance service company to come on or immediately before moving day to prepare the appliances for the move. Let Service Magic help you find a professional in your area. If you are unable to locate appliance manual, you may also want to ask the appliance service company if they can provide copies of appliance manuals to take with you to your new home.

4 Weeks Pre-Move

Service Your Car

If you're driving a long distance to your new home, give your car a tune-up, check tires, fluids and brakes beforehand. If you've been putting off a new tire purchase, now is the time to do it!

Pack Seasonals and Unnecessary Items

Pack all items that you will not need during the month prior to your move. This includes winter/summer clothing, sports equipment, books and linens.

Pest-Proof your New Home

Make sure your new home is pest-free before you move in! Ask the current residents if they've experienced pest problems, or talk with your soon-to-be neighbors about unwelcome intruders. You can also arrange for a visit by a local exterminator with or find pest-control products at your local hardware store.

Arrange for Moving Help

It's time to ask friends and family if they will be available and willing to lend a hand on moving day. Be sure to get serious commitments and remind them about a week before moving day.

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Need Temporary Housing?

Temporary housing can bridge the gap between arrival in a new community and finding a permanent residence. Learn more about the different options available for finding temporary accomodations.

3 Weeks Pre-Move

Check on Plants and Arrange for Transportation

Find new homes for plants; they may not do well in transit, especially on a long trip. Keep in mind that professional movers usually will not transport plants.

Furniture Damage

Jot down any existing damage on your belongings and furniture. You'll want to be aware of this damage in case you try to make a claim with your movers. And if your furniture is damaged, schedule a visit from a home services professional for free.

Get Internet Service in Advance

Make sure you have Internet service in your new home. Use's free Utility Center to get turned on in advance of your move.

Transfer Your Prescriptions

Call your pharmacist and get a recommendation for a pharmacy in your new town. Transfer your prescriptions to the new pharmacy. If you are at all worried about having access to required medication after your move, ask your doctor for an extra prescription.

Pay unpaid Tickets and Taxes

Call your local/state government to clear-up any unpaid taxes or parking tickets. Unpaid fees will undoubtedly find their way to your new house (and may even delay license renewal).

Pest Control

Make sure your new home is pest-free before you move in! Ask the current residents if they've experienced pest problems, or talk with your soon-to-be neighbors about unwelcome intruders. You can also arrange for a visit by a local exterminator with or find pest-control products at your local hardware store. to find local exterminators in your area.

Set-up Utilities for free on

Contact utility companies and sign up for new service. Visit's free Utility Center to get turned on in advance. Service should begin the day BEFORE you move. These days you can even connect service on the Internet.

Social Security

Currently receiving Social Security Benefits? Change your address with the Social Security Administration (800)772-1213. Be sure to have your Social Security Number handy when you call.

Retrieve Lent Items

Retrieve any items you may have lent to family, friends or neighbors.

Set-Up Home Cleaning

Hire a professional to prepare you new home for move-in day. You may also make arrangements to have your current house cleaned after you move out.

Important Documents

Organize, safely store and make copies of any important documents such as your passport, will, titles, etc. Take these with you, do not ship them with your other belongings.

2 Weeks Pre-Move

Secure a Parking Spot for the Moving Truck

Make sure to plan for the arrival of your movers by ensuring that they have a convenient place to park their truck. Mark off a parking area with cones or chairs to reserve the space. If you live in a metropolitan area, consider obtaining a city parking permit to make sure the space remains available for the movers.

Drain Gas; Oil Etc.

Remember to drain gasoline and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery.

Get a new Bank Account

It's time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer 'cash-back' on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account until all outstanding checks have cleared.

Inspect New Home

Before moving day, try to visit your new home with your new landlord. You'll want to check for damages left by the previous tenants. You'll also want to arrange a time to pick up keys and have the home cleaned.

List Light Fixtures to go with You

Can you take your favorite light fixtures with you? No - and the chimney has to remain behind as well. But although light fixtures are expected to remain where they are, certain precious possessions such as your chandelier shouldn't stay unless the new owners requested the item as part of the sale.

Maps Online

Need some maps of your new community? Need to know the quickest route to your new home? Check out some of the many free map sites on the Internet. These sites are helpful and usually free.

Packing Boxes

When packing for the big day, don't forget to clearly label each box with the room in which they belong. This will help the move quicker and settling in that much easier.

Quick List of Contractors

Keep the Karma going: As a gesture to the people moving into your current home, leave names and numbers of all contractors, electricians, carpenters and plumbers who did work on your home in the past. The new owners will cherish the recommendations.

Return Borrowed Items

Return all library books, videos and any other borrowed or rented items.

Throw out Wastes

Dispose your household hazardous waste (cleaning fluids, lighter fluid, aerosols) before you move. Contact your Town Hall or Public Works department for the nearest location of hazardous waste disposal. You can also call 1-800-CLEANUP.


Help out the people moving into your current home by leaving them a stack of warranties, instruction manuals, and receipts for appliances and electrical devices remaining in the home after you move.

Confirm Move Date

Confirm move date with the mover

1 Week Pre-Move

Dry Cleaners

Nobody wants to find out that their favorite shirt is back at the old dry cleaners, so remember to pick up all of your clothes before you move..

Make sure to Inspect New Home

Before closing day, try to do a walk-through of your new home with your Real Estate Agent. You'll want to check for damages left by the previous owners. And you'll also want to make sure that the home is clean and empty.

Landlord Information

Write down the name, address, and phone number of your current landlord/building manager for future reference. Most job and housing applications require this information at some point.

Make Sure to ask for Appliance Manuals

Don't forget to ask the previous tenant for any warranties and instruction manuals for appliances that will remain in your new home.

Newspaper Subscription

Don't forget to subscribe to the local newspaper(s) in your new community.

Notify Friends & Say Goodbye

Allow yourself ample time to say goodbye to family and friends. Be creative when notifying friends and family of your move. Choose from a variety of Fun, Free and Funny Greeting Cards.

Pack Kitchenware

Get a good start by packing up all of your possessions that won't be needed during the week of your move. This includes clothing, books, kitchenware and that favorite old t-shirt you've been saving "in case we decide to paint the living room."

Trash Removal

Make arrangements for final trash and recycling pickup. If you're leaving before the next pick-up date, ask neighbors if you can leave trash with them. You might also be able to drop off trash at the local dump.

Write out Map and Directions

Make sure your movers know where they are going. Prepare written directions and a highlighted map. Exchange cell phone numbers so you can stay in touch in case one of you is delayed.

Pack Valuables

Anything that is of value to you (jewelry, watches, small hierlooms, etc.) should be taken with you and not shipped with the rest of your belongings.

Prepare Computer & Electronics

Whenever possible, pack electronics in their original packaging. If you no longer have these boxes, your mover can offer the appropriate packing material or purchase it online from our Packing Center. Remember to back-up your files and hard drive.

Week of Move

Don't forget to mow lawn

As an added gesture to the new tenants, mow your lawn before you leave. The new owners will be grateful. Looking for lawn care services? Service Magic can help you find professionals in your area.

Inspect Old Home With Landlord

Do a final inspection with your current landlord before you move out. Be sure to discuss any damages that may be deducted from your security deposit. If there is a dispute, remember that it's better to negotiate in person rather than over the phone.

Check Under - and Above the Rug

Review your new floor plan prior to moving in, because you may need a carpet cleaning. Too understandably overlooked areas can be floor and carpet sections once hidden by couches, beds etc., so be sure to assess your cleaning needs prior to your furniture delivery. And after your carpets and flooring are clean, tape your room titles to door frames to assist the movers with what goes where. Find a carpet cleaning service.

Make Sure to Clean Appliances

Before filling your new fridge with fresh food, be sure to empty, defrost and clean it.

Make Sure to Clean the House

Even if you're not personally a germophobe, take note of's Golden Rule of Moving: Leave your old home as clean as you would like to find your new one. Find a cleaning service.

Move Day Etiquette

On moving day, be considerate of neighbors. Don't block driveways/sidewalks and don't leave trash or unwanted furniture behind.

Mover Snacks

The process of moving makes most mortals sweat profusely, so have plenty of snacks and refreshments available for everyone involved in your move. Even if you're paying for hired help, treat them as you would a helpful friend because the odds are good that they haven't dreamed about this day for as long as you have - and probably not at all.

Pack Moving Day Items

Prepare a special box marked "Move Day." In it, have the following: a telephone, light bulbs, tool kit, scissors, flashlight, large trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, aspirin and fresh bed linens.

Packing Materials Onhand

Be sure to have tape, twine, padding and spare boxes available on moving day. It's also advisable to have a basic tool kit handy to disassemble bulky items.

Plan how to pay for Move

Movers typically don't accept personal checks. Have cash, credit cards, or a bank check on hand for payment. If you're satisfied with the way the movers handled your possessions, it's customary to tip them $20 each, more or less depending on the difficulty of the move.

Bill of Lading and Inventory Sheet

Don't let your movers leave until you've compared your goods to the driver's Inventory Sheet. If an item is missing or has been damaged while in transit, make a note on both the Bill of Lading and Inventory Sheet BEFORE you sign them.

Make Your First Night Enjoyable

You'll probably be tired from the move and will want to watch some TV with a hot pizza, so don't forget to turn on your Cable or Satellite for free in our Utilities Center. You can do this right now and check it off of your to-do list - and don't forget that you can also turn on and off your local, long distance, gas and electric as well.

1 Week Post-Move

Call Landlord about Fireplace Usage

Before using your fireplace, speak with your landlord to ensure that fire's are allowed in your building. A working fireplace doesn't always mean that you're allowed to use it. Consider cleaning it before use and if you need a sweeper, Service Magic can help locate one in your area.

Check on Return of Security Deposit

Have you received your security deposit back from your landlord yet? If not, it might be smart to make a call to your landlord to ensure its arrival at your new address.

Check on/Buy Smoke Alarm; Fire Extinguisher etc.

Locate the police station; fire station and nearest hospital. Install a new smoke alarm; fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide monitor. You should also map out a safe escape route in case of fire.

Paint Closets

A fun first project for your new home is painting your closets. Give each closet a fresh coat of paint before settling in for good. Another quick-fix project is painting or wallpapering the bathroom.

Window Fixtures

One of the quickest ways to spruce up a new home is with window fixtures. Swing by your favorite decorating store and pick up some blinds and/or curtains. Visit our Decorating Center online for more tips.

Explore Your New Neighborhood

It's never too early to start exploring the new neighborhood. Invite the family for a tour of local landmarks. As you drive around town, jot down the location of parks, schools, museums and libraries. And shake off that post-move stress by locating the nearest convenience and hardware stores, video dealer, pharmacy and supermarket.

Conduct a Pest Inspection

Inspect your new home for pests, inside and out. Find a professional service provider in your area with Service Magic.

2 Weeks Post-Move

Check on New Fireplace Cleaning

Before using your fireplace, call a professional to do a thorough cleaning of the chimney. Find a professional chimney sweeper in your area with Service Magic.

New Keys and Home Security

You should have received all sets of keys to your new home. If you have any doubts, change the lock on the outside door. You can also install a second lock, such as a dead-bolt, if it makes you feel more secure. Find a professional locksmith in your area.


Make an effort to recycle in your new home! Call the local sanitation department for information about recycling in your community.

Tax Forms

Don't delay next year's tax forms. Call the Internal Revenue Service to change your address (800)829-3676. Ask for form 8822. You can also download the form from the IRS online.

Update Driver's License

Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and UPDATE your driver's license/ID. Many cities require proof of residence, so make sure that you have appropriate documents available.

Voter Registration

Visit or call your local town hall about changing your voter registration.

Get A New Bank Account

It's time to open a Bank Account in your new community. Manage your moving expenses easier by banking online. Some online checking accounts even offer 'cash-back' on purchases. Note: Do not close your existing bank account.


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