Moving Down Countdown

8 weeks Before the Move

· Contact a professional mover or truck rental and get an estimate: make early reservations.

· Decide what furniture stays and what furniture goes.

· Use up things cannot be moved (frozen food & flammable household aerosol cleaning supplies)

6 Weeks Before the Move

· Inventory your possessions and determine what will be sold or donated.

· Get copies of records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, etc.

· Transfer Children’s school records.

4 Weeks Before the Move

· Hold a garage sale then arrange for storage if you need it.

3 Weeks Before the Move

· Assemble package materials: dolly, scissors, packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, rope, boxes, etc.

· Begin packing items you will not need.

· Arrange cancellation of utilities at the old home and have them installed at the new home.

· Make travel and hotel reservations. (if needed)

· Get your car checked and serviced for the trip.

1 Week Before the Move

· Transfer all medical prescriptions to the pharmacy in your new location.

· Return library books and videos, send out dry-cleaning and pick up after the move.

· Finnish major packing labeling boxes by contents and room destinations.

2 or 3 days Before the Move

· Defrost Refrigerator

· Have cash on hand

· Pack weekend bag in case of delay

· Pack a First Day handy Items box: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, paper plates, paper towels, instant coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, soap, pencils, pens, paper, local phone book, bath towels & toiletries kit.

Moving Day

· Pick up the rental truck early.

· Inspect basement, attic, and garage.

· Turn off water, lock all doors and windows.

· List every item loaded onto the truck to use for a checklist as they come off.