One Month Before Moving
Fill out change of address form for post office.
Fill out an IRS change of address form.
Make arrangements with moving company or
reserve a rental truck.
Make necessary travel arrangements with
airlines, buses, car rental agencies & hotels.
Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and
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.
Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and
prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist
for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
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.
Take inventory of your belongings before
they're packed; in the event you need to file
an insurance claim later. If possible, take
pictures or videotape your belongings. Record
serial numbers of electronic equipment.
One to Two Weeks Before Moving
Arrange for help on moving day.
Confirm travel reservations.
Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
Have appliances serviced for moving.
Clean rugs and clothing and have them
wrapped for moving.
Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
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
Switch utility services to new address. Inform
electric, disposal, water, newspaper,
magazine-subscription, telephone and cable
companies of your move.
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
Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make
copies of any important documents before
mailing or hand carry them to your new
Check with your insurance agent to ensure
you'll be covered through your homeowner's
or renter's policy during the move.
On Moving Day
Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic
and garage to be sure they are empty.
Carry important documents, currency and
jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
Carry traveler's checks for quick, available
After Arriving at Your New Home
Renew your driver's license, auto registration
Shop around for new insurance policies,
especially auto coverage.
Revise your will and other legal papers to
avoid longer probate & higher legal fees.
Locate the hospitals, police stations,
veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
700 - 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004