Donate, sell, or throw away things you don’t want to move
Moving is the perfect time to evaluate all that stuff in your house and make sure you really want it. Before you pack, go through your belongings and get rid of the things you don’t want in your new home.
Collect important documents
While you’re going through your old house, collect important documents like birth certificates, diplomas, passports, and tax information so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
Pack up as much as you can ahead of time
Some things will have to wait until the last minute. After all, you still need to shower, feed, and dress yourself the week of the move. Set aside a box or two for supplies you’ll need handy the day of your move. We suggest keeping toiletries, medications, EpiPens, a change of clothes, first aid supplies, and some snacks on hand.
Once you’ve set aside the things you need accessible, you can pack everything else. Just remember that heavier items like books should go in smaller boxes so they’re easy to carry.
Label your boxes with the contents inside them and the room you want that box to end up in. If you’ve got something fragile or heavy in a box, note that as well.
Change your address
Update your address with banks, employers, schools, doctors, and insurers so that nothing essential gets sent to your old place. If your personal information gets mailed to an old address, you could be at risk for identity theft.
Set up mail forwarding
Even after update your address, it might take a while for the change to go into effect everywhere, set up mail forwarding with the postal service so you don’t miss anything important.
Cancel or transfer subscriptions services
If you get regular deliveries of beauty products, clothes, food, or dog toys, be sure to cancel your subscription or update the address.
Update your homeowners or renters insurance
You might be able to transfer your current insurance policy, or you might need to tweak it. Either way make sure your new home and property will be insured as soon as you arrive.
While you’re at it—be sure your coverage for the old home stays in place until you no longer own it or live there.
Transfer utilities to your new place
If you’re moving somewhere local, you may be able to transfer your account. If you’re moving farther away, you’ll probably need to sign up for new service. Either way, do this ahead of time so you don’t move into a house without hot water or lights.
Arrange childcare/pet care
Your kids and pets will be safer if they aren’t around on moving day; make arrangements ahead of time for them to stay somewhere else.