Move Planner

Two to Three Months Before Moving
• Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
• Check schools, and start enrollment and placement testing for your children (if possible)
• Start to investigate moving companies (See Avoid Choosing the wrong moving company)
• Make sure that you have a lease on your new apartment, or confirm the details of the closing of your new home.

One Month Before Moving
• Get estimates from the moving companies you have chosen. When you have all the estimates, call the moving company you have selected. Give them the date for your move if you have it, or advise them that you will give them the date when you are able to.
• Fill out change of address order form for post office.
• Fill out an IRS change of address form.
• Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
• Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
• If you are moving out of state, obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
• Set up a checking account in your new city.
• Make arrangements for transporting pets.
• Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.

One To Two Weeks Before Moving
• Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
• If you have not yet set up your move date, call your mover to arrange it.
• Confirm travel reservations.
• Reserve the elevator if moving from an apartment, and find out if your building has any certificate of insurance requirements.
• Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
• Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
• Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
• Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move. If you require additional insurance through your mover, call and make arrangements for this at least 1 week in advance.
• Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
• Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.

On Your Moving Day
• Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty. Make sure that you go through every room, closet basement and garage before movers leave your home.
• Make sure you have your keys and directions to your new home
After Arriving At New Home

If You're Moving Out Of State
• Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
• Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
• Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
• Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.

All American Van Lines wishes you luck in your new home!