- Notify the post office that you are moving. You're online now, so just go to www.usps.com
- Create a “move file”, or we can send you one of our Move Passports and you can keep all the important stuff in there. They’re free too, just like this information.
- Any wills, stock certificates, and any other “one of a kind” items (i.e.; jewelry, photos, home videos) are difficult or impossible to replace should be transported with you.
- This one’s tough: Take an “objective” look at what you will be moving. Decide what must absolutely go and what items can possibly be left behind (charity) and/or store with us.
Preparing Your Home
- Federal laws require that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weeds killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard party used cans of oil, paint thinner, paint, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak.
- Set a date for having your utilities disconnected. As you may need to have these services until the day of your move, we suggest you have them disconnected after your scheduled move out date.
- Obtain a written appraisal of any antique items your are planning to move. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (including any fine wood furniture) before moving because some products may actually soften the wood, making it vulnerable to indents during the moving process.
Preparing Your Family
- Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
- Empty your locker at the gym, club, bowling alley, etc.
- Have a going away party! Can we come?
Last Minute Details
- Leave your phone connected throughout the moving day. You may need to make some last minute calls. You can then pack your phone in your suitcase.
- Take one last look around.
- Water shut off?
- Furnace shut off?
- Lights turned off?
- Have the utilities been arranged for disconnect?
- Windows shut and locked?
- House keys surrendered?
- Have you left anything?
- Before signing off on the paperwork, do one last inspection of your home to be sure nothing is missing.