Checklist to Make Moving Easier

| November 16, 2012
  • Interview moversand verify their licenses. Schedule your move about a month in advance. If possible, choose weekday pickup and delivery because movers are usually less busy midweek.
  • Inform your television, internet, cellular phone, electric, water and gas providers of your shut-off date or new address if you are continuing service.  Have utilities turned on at your new home at least one day before you arrive.
  • If you are packing your own boxes, start the process at least one week before the scheduled move. Label each box with its contents and room destination.
  • Do not pack money, expensive jewelry, medication or important documents; carry these with you. If moving high-value household goods, such as artwork or antiques, get appraisals for these items and pay for trip insurance to protect against damage or loss.
  • Mark one box as “last on, first off the truck.” This box should include light bulbs, water, towels and toilet paper.
  • File a change of address with the U.S. Post Office. You can file in person or by calling (800) 275-8777. You can also take care of this online at the post office’s website. For $1, you can get ID verification.
  • Stop by the bank. Some moving companies may require payment in cash before unloading. Have enough cash to cover any deposits, moving costs and tips.

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