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Moving Checklist

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Are you getting ready to move this year? Whether it’s in two weeks or two months, let us help alleviate some of the stress. Below you’ll find a simple four step process that outlines the major items when planning a move. Check it out!
Separate everything you will and will not be taking with you.

  • This is not the time to be getting nostalgic. Be realistic about the items you’ll be taking with you and utilize the various tools for purging. Goodwill, Craigslist, and yard sales make getting rid of items a breeze. You may find a little extra cash in your pocket or if you donate enough, receive a tax credit.
  • If you have a lot of items stored away, consider a moveable storage unit. These can be loaded and stored off-site during the sale of your home and meet you at your new location.
  • Once you have only the items you’ll be moving with left, catalog your items with a digital camera or phone before handing them over to the moving company.

Transfer or cancel all relevant accounts, records and/or services.

  • Not sure where to start? If you live in one of the communities we serve, check out’s handy utility information page. It provides a detailed list of companies to contact depending on your location.
  • For the Home: postal service, utilities, cable, telephone, newspaper, lawn service, etc.  
  • For Your Children: schools, day care services, etc.  
  • For Personal Items: Safety deposit box, bank accounts, insurance policies, medical providers, prescriptions, car registration/change of address, etc.   

Time to get packing! Collect boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, garbage bags and markers.

  • Disassemble furniture and pack all of your household items. Remember to label boxes clearly for a smooth move in.
  • Schedule movers as needed. Don’t trust a quote over the phone, have the company asses the items in person and get the quote in writing.
  • If you are hiring a moving company, keep a completed bill of lading until your possessions are delivered to your new home, the charges are paid and any claims are settled.
  • Recycle flammable materials or containers that may leak, including fireworks acids, cleaning fluids, matches, aerosol cans, paint, etc.

Make all necessary final arrangements.

  • Have your car serviced if you are traveling long distance.
  • Arrange motel or other accommodations for you, your family, and/or pets.
  • Have necessary medication on hand for at least two weeks and make sure all medical records are set up to be easily transferable.
  • Check all closets, cabinets and rooms once last time.
  • Make sure all systems and lights have been turned off in your home before you lock up.

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