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Bekins Northwest > Moving Resources > Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

8–12 Weeks Before You Move:

  • If you own your home, contact your real estate agent to begin the selling process.
  • Decide upon your preferred moving dates.
  • Research your new community by using on-line moving tools:
    • Compare school districts
    • Obtain free town/city reports
    • Use a salary and mortgage calculator to compare new and old costs of living
  • Set up a house-hunting trip to your new town or city.
  • Find out if your employer will pay for the move, or will provide you with a lump sum or a direct reimbursement. If so, discuss Bekins’ enCompass program.
  • Have a garage sale or donate goods you do not wish to take with you. This will help you save costs on the move.

4-8 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Contact Bekins Northwest to schedule a convenient time for a free estimate.
  • Purchase/rent your new home; arrange financing; establish close dates.
  • Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your move.
  • Obtain change of address cards from your local post office.
  • Check with your school on transferring your children’s school records.
  • Research driver’s license requirements for the state you are moving to.
  • Find out from the IRS or your accountant if moving expenses can be tax deductible.
  • Contact your insurance agent to discuss your new home’s insurance needs.
  • Enroll in a new bank in your new city.
  • Organize your medical and dental records.

3 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Make a decision on whether you will pack your own cartons or if you’d like to utilize a professional packing service.
  • Begin the packing process (if you are doing it yourself).
  • Compile all important personal records.
  • Change your address on credit cards, magazine subscriptions, etc..
  • If you have children, arrange for them to be at a babysitter during loading day.
  • Arrange to have your utilities disconnected AFTER your move-out day (not before).
  • Arrange to connect your utilities at your new home the day BEFORE your scheduled move-in day.

2 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Plan to use all the food in your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean your home and clear your basement and attic.
  • Cancel all current delivery services, such as newspapers.
  • Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols, ammunition, etc.
  • Transfer all current prescriptions to a local pharmacy near your new home.
  • Clear out your safety deposit box.
  • Transfer bank accounts.
  • Verify that you have packed everything.
  • Drain the oil and gasoline from your lawn mower and other power tools if they are to be moved .

One Week Before You Move:

  • Confirm your travel arrangements for your family.
  • Provide contact phone numbers for your moving agent so you are accessible while in transit.
  • Empty and clean your appliances such as your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, etc.
  • Only use the household items that you absolutely need, such as sheets, towels, a few pans and dishes. Make sure everything else is ready to be moved.

Moving Day:

  • Review all paperwork with your moving van driver.
  • Be available to check off inventory of all items moving.
  • Once moving van is loaded, double check that nothing was left behind in your old home.
  • Make sure your children and pets are not at home so that they do not get in the way of the movers.
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