Moving Countdown Preparation Calendar
Several Months Prior to Moving
- If possible, plan your move in order to avoid peak moving season. Peak season is during the late spring and summer months.
- The first and last days of the months are busiest. When you contact your Move Coordinator, have your exact move date available so a timeline can be established.
- Survey the attic, outside sheds, garage, basement and crawl spaces to determine what items will not be moving with you.
- Have a yard sale to help discard items not traveling with you.
Two Months Prior to Moving
- Locate legal documents and vehicle registration. Contact schools, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants and obtain copies of your personal records.
One Month Prior to Moving
- Submit a Change of Address form to the post office. Prepare an Inventory List of items that will be stored versus moved.
- Contact your utility, phone and newspaper companies to discontinue/re-establish service at your old and new addresses.
- If necessary, make travel arrangements; close accounts at your local bank and open accounts in your new locale.
Two Weeks Prior to Moving
- Have your vehicle serviced and if your vehicle is being moved, contact your Move Coordinator to learn the details.
- Contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators and reserve parking spaces for the moving truck, if applicable.
One Week Prior to Moving
- Settle any outstanding.
- Don’t forget to withdraw the contents of your safety deposit box, pick up any dry cleaning, return library books and rented videotapes, etc.
- Take pets to the veterinarian for any needed immunizations.
- Drain gas and oil from all power equipment.
- Pack a “FIRST NIGHT” box including personal items, bedding and fun things for the kids. Make your first night an adventure – in a good way!
One Day Prior to Move
- Your Move Coordinator will be calling to review move arrangements and will follow-up to see that your move went smoothly. Make sure you’re available to take the call.
- Make sure that someone is available at your residence to receive the moving company.
- If in a gated community, notify the management office of the mover’s anticipated arrival time.
- Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, water.)
- Review the mover’s bill of lading and inventory sheet one last time.
Tips for Moving with Children
Your children’s responses to moving will be as individual as your children. As a parent, there are steps you can take to ensure your move is a positive experience for your kids.
- Share the news early. As soon as you know you are moving, plan a family meeting and share the details of the move and answer all of your children’s questions as honestly as you can.
- Whenever possible, involve your children in the home search. If you are unable to take them with you, make sure you take a lot of pictures of your new home, their new school and the neighborhood. Teens are especially interested in their new schools.
- Research children’s activities in the new location. Find out what sports and other recreational activities are available in the new area.
- Let your children plan and decorate their new bedrooms. Have them make a plan of where they want their furniture placed and what colors they may want in their new rooms.
- Help your children say “goodbye” to their friends. Plan a going away party and make sure your children have the mailing and e-mail addresses of all of their close friends before you leave town.
- Allow your children to pack a carry-on bag of their favorite things – two or three items that can be carried in a car or on a plane. Having these items immediately upon arrival will help to make the new residence seem less strange.
- Once in your new location, provide your children with some note cards and stamps so they can write quick notes to their friends in the old location.
- Above all, try to stay positive throughout the entire process. Your attitude will influence your children’s attitude. A positive approach will help ensure a smoother relocation for the entire family.
- There are many excellent books about moving written for children. Take a look at our Links page for some ideas.
Tips for Moving with Pets
You are getting ready to move and, of course, you will be taking your pet with you. Here are some helpful hints on how to make your move as pleasant as possible for your pet.
- Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about your pet before making any plans. Depending on the age and physical condition of your pet, your vet may have some specific recommendations, such as medication to prevent motion sickness.
- If you are going to fly your pet to a new location, check with your specific airline and make your reservations early. A health certificate will be required. You will also need to check on the availability of a crate. All crates on the airplane must meet standards for size, strength and ventilation.
- If your pet is not accustomed to being in the car, take the pet on several short trips three or four weeks prior to your moving date so that it can get more comfortable with the car. ON moving day, take along some of your pet's favorite toys. Make hotel reservations at least three weeks in advance and reconfirm your reservations 24 hours before you leave. AAA can provide you with a list of pet friendly hotels.
Pet Transportation Service Tips
Pet transportation services are convenient and offer the following services:
- Door-to-door pick up and delivery
- Health certificates and permits
- Custom built crates
- Kennel arrangements
- Names of recommended veterinarians in the new location