Moving into your new home is a big job. The further you plan in advance, the smoother it will go. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance, I’m here to help!
8-6 WEEKS OUT
Call moving companies for estimates
Remove and dispose of unnecessary possessions
Start compiling an inventory of all your possessions, including those in storage
Get a floor plan, if possible, with dimensions of your new home to help you decide
which furniture will go where and what you might need to toss (or secure off-site
Start a file of moving-related papers and receipts. If your move is job related, some
expenses could be tax deductible - https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455
Locate schools, healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
Arrange to transfer your children’s school records and family medical records.
4 WEEKS OUT
Choose a mover and sign contract.
Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical, and life) to arrange for
coverage in your new home.
Create a file of important papers, such as auto license, registration documents and title; any medical, dental and school records; birth certificates; wills, deeds, stock certificates, and other financial documents.
Make travel plans.
3 WEEKS OUT
Notify the following of your change of address:
Credit card companies
Relatives and friends
Insurance agent, lawyer, tax/financial advisor
2 WEEKS OUT
Notify utility companies of date to discontinue/transfer service and/or establish service at your new home. Also arrange for final readings and bills, including refunds on prepaid services.
Electric (ComEd 800.334.7661)
Natural gas (People’s Gas 866.556.6001 | 866.556.6004)
Notify your state’s department of motor vehicle of your new address.
If moving from an apartment, arrange for refund of your security deposit.
Discontinue additional home services (housekeeper, gardener/lawn service, snow
removal, and pool cleaner).
Start using up things you can’t move, such as perishables.
Make arrangements with condo or homeowner’s association to reserve elevator usage time if moving into or out of a high rise building.
Arrange to close existing bank accounts and open new accounts in new area.
Arrange for child care on moving day.
Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
1 WEEK OUT
Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.
Pack moving-essential boxes—important documents, travel clothes, personal
items and prescription medications.