Moving Checklist

Let us help you remember the little things

Remembering to update your pharmacist or accountant of your new home address is something that is often overlooked during a relocation. We’ve put together chronological moving checklist to help you remember all of the things that you should do to ensure a smooth moving experience.
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8 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Contact Allwest Moving & Storage for an estimate of your moving expenses.
  • Create a “move file” to keep track of quotes, receipts and other important information.
  • Start researching your new community.

7 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Start compiling medical, dental, immunization and prescription records.
  • Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals in your new city.
  • Arrange to have school records and veterinarian records transferred.
  • Gather copies of legal and financial records.
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes you may need to make to your policies.
  • Contact health clubs, organization, and groups to cancel or transfer memberships.

6 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Plan how you will move valuables and difficult to replace items (certified mail, or carry them with you).
  • Begin purging your home. Separate items into those you will keep, donate or discard.
  • Plan a garage sale.
  • Start using items that can’t be moved such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosols

5 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Order boxes and moving supplies.
  • Begin packing items you don’t use often.
  • Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it is destined for.
  • Finalize your move date.
  • File a change of address with the Postal Service, or ask them to hold your mail at the post office in your new location.

4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Check in with Allwest to reserve or confirm your moving day plans.
  • Notify these utility services of your move (both at your old and new locations):
    • Electric
    • Water
    • Gas
    • Telephone
    • Cell phone
    • Cable/Satellite and Internet O Sewer
    • Trash Collection
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • Put copies of pet medical and immunization records in your move file.
  • If time permits, host a garage sale to sell unwanted items.

3 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Plan how to transport your plants (they cannot be moved in the trailer or relocation cube).
  • Review your moving documentation for a list of items that cannot be safely shipped. Dispose of flammables, corrosives, poisons, and any other materials on the list.
  • Have your automobile serviced.

2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Notify these professional services of your move:
    • Accountant
    • Attorney
    • Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Financial Planner
    • Health Insurance Provider
    •  Insurance Agent
    • Schools
  • Notify these services/accounts of your move:
    • Auto Finance Company
    • Bank/Credit Union/Finance Companies
    • Credit Card Companies
    • Exterminator
    • Home care service providers (lawn, exterminator, snow removal etc.)
    • Laundry service
    • Magazines
    • Monthly memberships (Netflix, book of the month, etc.)
    • Newsletters
    • Newspapers
    •  Pharmacy
    • Store/Gas Charge Accounts
  • Notify these government offices of your move:
    • City/County Tax Assessor
    •  State Vehicle Registration
    • Social Security Administration
    •  State/Federal Tax Bureau (IRS)
    • Veterans Administration
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family.
  • Confirm parking for your moving trailer or container. Obtain permits if needed.
  •  Plan meals for the last week to use up your food.
  • Assemble a folder of important info about your house for the next home owner.

1 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

  • Review your moving plans with Allwest.  Email or call with questions.
  • Contact your bank or Credit Card Company if you are planning to pay for your move by debit or credit card.
  • Print two copies of your bill of lading (BOL) to keep in your move file.
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number.
  • Pack an essentials box to keep with you during the move.
  • Drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, heaters, etc.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbeds.
  • Measure furniture and doorways to determine if larger pieces will fit through the door.
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move.
  • Fill any prescriptions you will need during the move.

MOVING DAY

  • Load goods in a pre-designated order, saving “last load” items for the rear of your shipment.
  • Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind.
  • Leave a note with your new address so that future residents can forward stray mail.

MOVE-IN CHECKLIST

  • Pick up any mail being held at the local post office.
  • Keep all receipts and documents in your move file and store it in an easy-to-remember location.
  • Get a new driver’s license and automobile tags, register to vote, etc.
  • Contact the local paper for a new subscription.
  • Enjoy your new home!
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