A special note: This checklist is being offered as a goodwill gesture for everyone that may be considering a move. The people that are moving outside of the two counties in Southern Oregon that we are licensed to serve, Jackson and Josephine, will not be able to use our moving services, but we do want to offer them this checklist in the hope that their moves will be easier and less stressful. We give them our best wishes, and we hope they will consider using our services should they move within our two licensed counties sometime in the future.
Two months prior to moving day . . .
- Contact J’s Moving about your moving plans.
- Make certain any moving companies you talk with have registration numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation and are also registered in their own state.
- Review your household furnishings and remove what is no longer needed.
- Make a file of all your moving papers, such as estimates, receipts, etc.
- Take measurements of your new home and make a floor plan of where you want your furniture placed.
- Decide what changes you want to make in your new home, such as new paint.
Six weeks prior to moving day . . .
- Order the newspaper in your new community so you’ll be up-to-date on the local news, and research your new community on the Internet.
- Decide what, if any, items you want to put in storage.
- Clean all your closets and drawers.
- Use the food and cleaning supplies that will not be moved.
- Get appraisals on your valuable pieces (jewelry, antiques, etc.)
- Get referrals for new health providers and obtain your medical records.
- Get change-of-address forms from the Post Office.
Four weeks prior to moving day . . .
- Confirm details with J’s Moving.
- Contact utility companies to schedule shut-offs and turn-ons. Ask for refunds of any deposits they may have.
- Start packing those items you won’t be using soon and stockpile boxes and other packing materials for later. Be certain to label to which room each box is to be taken and number the boxes so you’ll be able to check them after arrival.
- Ask your insurance company about coverage of your goods during transit.
- Set up whatever plans are necessary to transport pets and plants.
- Arrange an estate sale with a reputable company.
- Collect your important records, such as legal and financial papers, medical records, birth certificates, and valuable jewelry and collectibles, etc., which will be taken in your car on moving day.
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce to request their new resident packet.
- Contact any health clubs or other organizations you have joined. Ask how to move, sell, or end your membership.
- Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies for changing communities or states. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
Three weeks prior to moving day . . .
- Properly dispose of flammable or other poisonous items that cannot be moved.
- If moving between states prepare your auto registration for transfer.
Two weeks prior to moving day . . .
- Cancel your local newspaper delivery.
- Notify any creditors that you’re moving.
- Transfer prescriptions and be certain you have an adequate supply of your medications.
- Check the service your car may need, such as addition of antifreeze if you’re moving to a colder climate.
- Return any borrowed items and ask for the return of anything you have loaned to someone.
- Set up a file for the new owner of your home that contains helpful hints, good local companies to use, such as a plumber, a handyman, etc. Leave your forwarding address with the new occupants so they can forward mail to you.
- Change your address about one week before your move. Send cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
- Set up an in-transit kit that will have your checkbook, your phone list of friends and service providers, keys, toiletries, a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers, bandages, your medications, paper towels, ID, etc.
The day before moving day . . .
- Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
- Drain the water from your hoses.
- Confirm any travel reservations you have.
- Give away your plants that can’t be moved.
- Set up a box that will contain the things you will first need at your new home, such as bed linens, and clearly label it.
- Transfer your bank accounts.
- Assemble everything you will be taking in your car and clearly label this group so the movers will not load it.
- Defrost your refrigerator and freezer and prepare all your appliances for moving.
- Contact J’s Moving to confirm their arrival time.
- Get cash for the trip to your new home.
Moving day . . .
- Note the utility meter readings.
- Be certain to have cash, a certified check, or travelers checks for the movers.
- Tour your old home to make certain everything has been loaded.
- Be at your new home to supervise unloading and unpacking.
After the move . . .
- Register to vote.