1. 2-4 weeks before the move give the post office your forwarding address.
2. Call your credit card companies, utility companies (also let them know when to disconnect and reconnect your services), magazine subscriptions, and other bill related companies of your new address.
3. Notify friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to know of the move.
4. Verify insurance coverage for moved items. Normally movers will cover everything they pack but what they don’t pack make sure the insurance company will cover those items.
6. If you are paying someone to move you long distance, beware of the weight. Most movers will charge based on the weight and watch the packers to insure they are not using excessive amount of padding to add weight, increasing your bill. Sometimes it is cheaper to sell heavy items and buy them again well you get there.
7. Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most—toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.
If you are moving out of the area:
1. Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets along with shot records.
2. Children’s school records for transfer.
3. Plan for traveling with your pets.
4. Empty your safety deposit box.