Your moving checklist
- 8 weeks before· Create a file or binder to keep all of your estimates, receipts, and a running inventory of all the items you’re moving.
· Research moving companies and get each quote in writing. If you’re moving to another state, make sure the moving company has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number.
· Arrange for medical, dental, and school records to be transferred to your new district.
- 6 weeks before· Buy boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and markers.
· Start packing. Begin with items you don’t use very often, and label the side of each box with what’s inside and what room it belongs in.
· Sort through the items you don’t want to move and decide what you’re going to donate, sell, or throw away.
- 4 weeks before· Choose your mover and confirm the date, cost, and destination address.
· Schedule your utility service changes. Try to overlap connections by a day or two so you have electricity, water, and connectivity in both your old home and your new one. It’s easy to get connected at your new home whether you already have AT&T services or you’re setting up service for the first time.
· Submit your change-of-address form, either online at www.usps.com or in-person at your local post office.
- 2 weeks before· Notify your bank, credit card company, and your employer’s HR department of your upcoming move and your new address details.
· Pre-register your internet service by downloading the Smart Home Manager app; then select New user. Get ready for your service installation appointment by watching the video.
· Get your car ready for the move, especially if you’re traveling a long way to your new home, by scheduling a service appointment.
· Begin to reduce your food supplies. Use up as much as you can from the freezer and pantry and consider donating dried goods to a local food bank.
- 1 week before· Review your moving plans to make sure you have all the correct information and reconfirm the details with your moving company.
· Aim to complete packing a few days before the move so you have plenty of time to box up any items you’ve forgotten. Don’t forget outdoor furniture and equipment.
· Pack a box of essentials—toiletries, a change of clothes, charging cords, a box cutter, garbage bags—you’ll need the first few days in your new home.
- During the move· Do a final walkthrough to check for left-behind items. Look behind doors, in cupboards, and outside for anything that might have been missed.
· Make sure the movers have your new address and cross-check their estimate sheet against your copy.
· Once you’ve arrived at your new home and everything has been unloaded, confirm your inventory with the movers and sign the bill of lading. Keep a copy for your records.
- After the move· Locate and unpack your essentials box.
· Decide which rooms are the most important for you to prepare first. Bathrooms and bedrooms are usually good places to start.
· Schedule plenty of rest breaks. If you’re a DIRECTV customer, you can stream your favorite live channels and DVR recordings directly on your mobile device. Catch up on your shows or take a break with a movie, even if you haven’t set up the TV!