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            Moving Checklist - Tips for Move Planning

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            8 Weeks Before

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            Research Moving 北京福利彩票官网

            Now is the time to figure out how you want to move. Are you doing it yourself? Or do you prefer to hire a professional? Start familiarizing yourself with options and your budget. If you do decide to hire movers, check 's extensive network of reputable and reliable panies. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. You can read more about choosing the right move method here.

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            Visit Your New Community

            Before the move, make sure you visit the new community. Being there in-person will give you a better feel for the area's various neighborhoods and amenities. You can also learn more about your community through 's helpful Neighborhood Guides and City Reports.

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            Budget Accordingly

            Before hiring a pany or committing to a DIY move, figure out your overall relocation budget. Those looking to hire a pany for a long distance move should budget around $5,000. A local move, on the other hand, may only cost around $1,000. If moving for a job, be sure to also check with your employer about whether or not they'll be covering expenses.

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            Research Schools

            Have school-age children? Start researching schools in your new community now. To find top-rated schools in the new neighborhood, use 's School Ratings tool, which includes GreatSchools ratings and other helpful information.

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            Make a List of Questions to Ask Movers

            Hiring professional movers for the job? Ask these questions first. From cancellation policies to liability coverage, it's important to learn as much as you can about a pany before signing a contract.

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            Find a Roommate

            Need a roomie? Check out our tips on how to choose a compatible roommate.

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            Discuss the Move With Your Kids

            Including your children in the conversation early on will help put them at ease during the transition. For tips on how to make the move as seamless as possible for your kids, check here.

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            Give Notice to Your Landlord

            Renting? You'll need to give your landlord a heads-up about the move. Many leases require tenants to give their landlords at least 60 days notice when moving out. With this in mind, be sure to double-check your lease agreement for specific details on how to break it before making any moving plans.

            7 Weeks Before

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            Get Estimates from Professional Movers

            Contact at least three panies to obtain a quote. To avoid surprises, make sure the movers perform either an in-person inspection or a video survey of your belongings before giving you an estimate. Also, ask whether the estimate is a non-binding estimate, binding estimate or binding not-to-exceed estimate. For more information on the differences between these three estimates, check here.

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            Ask Friends to Help With a DIY Move

            Moving yourself? Don't wait until the last minute to ask friends and family for help. By requesting assistance well in advance, you should be able to find plenty of people to help you with your DIY move. Read more tips on how to make your DIY move easy and painless here.

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            Book a Truck Rental

            Those taking on a DIY move will need to begin researching truck rental options several weeks before the move. Fortunately, has made it easy for you to find and book the best moving truck rental for the job. Check out 's free Truck Rental Center to receive quotes and to make a reservation.

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            Reserve a Storage Unit

            Whether you're looking for temporary storage while unpacking or a long term solution to your clutter, renting a storage unit is a perfect option for those relocating to a new 北京福利彩票官网. Consider booking a storage unit through 's free Storage Center. All you have to do is type in your zip code and click the “find storage” button. will pull quotes from the closest storage unit facilities near your new 北京福利彩票官网.

            6 Weeks Before

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            Schedule the Movers

            It's finally time to schedule the movers! When choosing a move date, keep in mind that the specific day, week and month you pick will affect the cost of your move. Moving during peak season (May to September) will likely cost more. The same goes for weekend moves. If your budget is tight, aim for a weekday move during the off-season months.

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            Order All Moving Supplies

            If you're packing up your entire household, now is the time to order all necessary moving supplies. From boxes and bubble wrap to tape and packing paper, these materials will help ensure that your belongings arrive safely at your new 北京福利彩票官网. You can calculate the number of moving boxes you'll need by using our handy Packing Calculator. To find boxes and packing supplies in your area, try 's box center.

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            Make Travel Arrangements

            Traveling a long distance for the move? Don't wait until the last minute to make airline, car and hotel reservations. Avoid high prices by booking these travel arrangements now.

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            Contact Health Insurance Provider

            Contact your health insurance provider to assure seamless medical coverage during and after the move. If you're moving to a new zip code or city, you may need to purchase a new plan. However, if you're moving for your job (and your company has multiple locations throughout the U.S.), your health insurance could remain unchanged.

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            Notify Schools of Your Move

            Have school-age children? Now's the time to notify school officials of your move, so that you can begin the enrollment process. Be sure to also let them know about any special needs or issues your child may have. To find the best schools in your new neighborhood, check 's free School Ratings.

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            Make Note of All Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

            Begin keeping a running tally of all tax deductible moving expenses. These may include household donations to charities, as well as any moving expenses for a job-related relocation.

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            Check on Auto Insurance and 北京福利彩票官网owners Insurance

            If moving, you'll need to contact both your auto insurance and 北京福利彩票官网 insurance agents to ask whether or not they do business in your new location. If not, then you may need to change insurance providers before the move.

            5 Weeks Before

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            Start Using Up Refrigerated Food and Pantry Items

            Unless you're planning to bring the food with you, it's smart to use up the contents of your fridge and pantry before moving. You can also donate non-perishables by bringing them to your local food bank or by hiring one of relocation company partners. These moving professionals will pick up unwanted food items from those moving and deliver them to local food banks. Read more of our tips on what to do with all of your food when moving.

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            Strategize Your Packing Process

            Before boxing up your things, figure out a timeline for the packing process. Pack all non-essentials first. These include items you won't need in the weeks leading up to the move, including books, 北京福利彩票官网 decor items and electronics. Pack essentials last. These include kitchen items, dinnerware, clothing, toiletries and any other items you'll need in the days leading up to the move.

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            Host a Garage Sale

            What better time to get rid of those old records, futons and books than right before you move? To get rid of excess items and make a few bucks in the process, try hosting a garage sale. Need help organizing it? Read our foolproof checklist for hosting the best garage sale ever.

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            Donate Possessions

            The less you have to move, the better – so start the pre-move purging process early. Begin by deciding which belongings you wish to donate. You can call your local , or to schedule a pick-up for larger furnishings, free-of-charge. Also, don't forget to save any and all donation receipts for tax season. For more information on where to donate your stuff before moving, check here.

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            Sell Gently-Used Items

            Not sure if your belongings will serve a purpose in your new 北京福利彩票官网? It may be time to sell them. From old clothing to outdated furniture, many consignment stores will gladly accept gently-used, second-hand items. You can also try selling them through an online marketplace, such as Craigslist or Facebook. For a look at the 10 best ways to sell your items before moving, check here.

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            Decide Whether to Take Appliances

            If you are moving appliances, schedule an appliance service company to come to your 北京福利彩票官网 prior to moving day to prepare all appliances for the move.

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            Update All Memberships

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            4 Weeks Before

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            Service the Car

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            Begin Packing

            Now is the time to begin packing. Start by boxing up non-essentials and seasonal items first. These could include winter coats, off-season sports gear, books and any other belongings you won't need in the weeks leading up to the move. Be sure to pack all fragile items with extra care and label boxes as clearly as possible. In addition, keep valuables and important documents separate. Read more of our tips on how to properly pack your belongings.

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            Dispose of Hazardous Items

            You won't be able to move hazardous and flammable items, and likely won't be able to put them in your regular trash either. Thus, some advance planning is needed for disposing hazardous items including paint, aerosols, fertilizers, propane tanks, loaded guns, fire extinguishers, gasoline, fireworks and pool chemicals. To get rid of these items before moving, make a trip to your local hazardous waste facility drop-off.

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            Confirm Date & Time with pany

            A month before the move, call your pany representative to confirm their arrival date and time. Don't forget to let them know any other important logistics, such as parking and elevator use.

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            Figure Out Temporary Housing

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            Schedule Car Shipping Service

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            Notify Friends & Family of Your Move

            If you haven't already told your friends and family you're moving, now is the time to let them know. Don't have the time to tell them in-person? Try shooting them an email or giving them a quick phone call. Making a moving announcement via social media is another easy and efficient way to let people know you're moving.

            3 Weeks Before

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            Notify Service Providers

            Let any regular service providers, such as housekeeping, landscaping and pool maintenance, know of your impending move. You may also want to take this opportunity to look into these services for your new 北京福利彩票官网.

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            Forward Mail

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            Arrange for Child Care on Moving Day

            Moving babies or small children? Give yourself a break and arrange for a babysitter to watch your kids on moving day. For more tips on moving with kids, read our expert advice here.

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            Transfer Utilities

            Several weeks before you move, call all utility service providers to let them know about your move. Utilities include cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, satellite, security system, trash and phone. If moving within the same city, you may be able to transfer utilities to your new house. However, those moving somewhere new will need to research utility companies in the area and schedule installation dates. Make sure you have important utilities such as electricity and cable turned on in your new 北京福利彩票官网 before you move. Read more tips on how to transfer utilities before moving.

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            Decide What to Do With Plants

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            Pay Any Unpaid Parking Tickets

            Check with your local parking administration to see if you have any overdue parking tickets. Fortunately, most cities make it easy to pay parking tickets online or by mail.

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            Change Social Security & Medicare Mailing Address

            If you receive Social Security or Medicare benefits, be sure to update your mailing address before moving.

            2 Weeks Before

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            Forward Medical Records

            Contact your doctor and dentist to inform their offices of your move. If you haven't selected a new doctor, request referrals from your current doctor. Once you've made your selection, arrange to have your medical records transferred.

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            Transfer Your Prescriptions

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            Order New Furniture & Decor

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            Secure a Parking Spot for the Moving Truck

            Before moving day, you'll need to figure out the best place to park the moving truck. If hiring professional movers, be sure to let them know the parking details as soon as possible. Those who live in a busy city may need to obtain a special parking permit as well.

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            Schedule Painters for New 北京福利彩票官网

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            Take Your Pet to the Veterinarian

            Don't forget to take your pet to the vet for one last check-up before you move. Be sure to obtain all shot and vaccine records as well.

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            Update Bank Account & Credit Card Billing Addresses

            It's time to update your bank account and credit card billing addresses. Fortunately, this can be done in less than a minute online or by phone.

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            Request Time Off From Work

            Need to take off work to move? If you're moving on a weekday, go ahead and request a personal day from your employer. Those unable to take off from work for the move will need to arrange for a friend or family member to meet the movers on moving day.

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            Gather All Warranty Information & Manuals

            Help future residents by gathering all of your warranty information, instruction manuals, and receipts for appliances and electrical devices. Leave these in an easy-to-find location in your 北京福利彩票官网 before moving out.

            1 Week Before

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            Clean Old 北京福利彩票官网

            Don't forget to clean your old house before moving. A little bit of effort could save you a cleaning fee or charge against your security deposit. Be sure to thoroughly clean out the refrigerator and pantry as well.

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            Finish Last Minute Errands

            Make sure you finish running any last minute errands before moving day. These could include picking up dry cleaning, getting prescriptions, cleaning out your gym locker and returning items to friends.

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            Inspect Old 北京福利彩票官网 With Landlord

            Renting? Conduct a final inspection with your current landlord before you move out. Be sure to discuss any damages that could be deducted from your security deposit. If there is a dispute, remember that it's often better to negotiate in-person than over the phone.

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            Pack Kitchenware & Essentials

            It's time to finish up the packing process by boxing up kitchenware and other essentials. Be sure to label these boxes as clearly as possible to avoid losing track of them during the moving process.

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            Take Care of Trash Removal & Recycling

            Make arrangements for final trash and recycling pickup. If you're leaving before the next pick-up date, ask neighbors to place your trash can back where it belongs after it's been picked up. You can also try dropping off trash at your local dump and recycling center before you move.

            Day Before

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            Pack Suitcases & Essentials

            The day before you move, be sure to pack all necessary suitcases that you plan on taking with you. These should contain your first week essentials including pajamas, toiletries, clothing, shoes, medications, pet and baby necessities, as well as any important documents or valuables. You may also want to consider packing a special “Moving Day” box with trash bags, light bulbs, scissors, tools, flashlights, paper towels, toilet paper and bed linens. Read more tips on packing essentials here.

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            Tell Neighbors About Your Move

            If you live in an HOA community or share a driveway with other neighbors, be sure to give them a heads-up about the move. Not only is this the respectful thing to do, but it will also give them plenty of time to move their cars.

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            Get Cash for a Tip

            Tipping movers is a nice gesture for a job well done. If you plan to tip your movers, head to the ATM now to get cash for moving day. For more information on how much to tip movers, check here.

            Moving Day

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            Have Water Bottles On-Hand

            Moving is a strenuous and exhausting process. The last thing you want is for anyone to become dehydrated on moving day. To prevent this from happening, be sure to have plenty of water bottles on-hand for your friends and movers.

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            Take Inventory

            Take inventory of all belongings. This way you can keep track of what you have and what the movers are transporting. Check your driver's inventory sheet as well. If anything is missing or damaged make a note of this beforehand. It may also be a good idea to take photos of fragile items such as appliances or lamps for liability coverage and insurance purposes.

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            Do a Final Sweep of the House

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            Hand Over the Keys

            Unless you're planning to come back after the move to tie up loose ends, go ahead and hand over the keys to your landlord or new owners.

            1st Month After

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            Unpack

            Don't let the process of unpacking overwhelm you. Start with the contents of your suitcase, kitchenware, bed linens and other essentials. After you've unpacked these important items, go room by room until you've finished unpacking the rest of the house.

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            Clean the New House

            There's nothing better than a fresh start in a new (and clean!) 北京福利彩票官网. During the first week post-move, give your place a good, thorough cleaning. That means mopping, vacuuming, and dusting all surfaces. If you simply lack the time, try arranging for a professional cleaning crew to come sometime during the first month.

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            Check on the Return of Security Deposit

            If you rented your last 北京福利彩票官网, check with your former landlord about the status of your security deposit return. Also, make sure the landlord knows your new address, so that your check doesn't get lost in the mail.

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            Explore the Neighborhood

            New to town? Walk, drive or bike around the new neighborhood to get a good sense of the area. By exploring the community, you'll be able to find nearby grocery stores, parks, schools, museums, libraries, hardware stores and pharmacies. Discover more about your neighborhood through 's Neighborhood Guide.

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            Change the Locks

            One of the best ways to keep your house safe and secure after a move is by changing the locks. After all, there's no telling who the former residents gave their keys to over the years. If changing all the locks sounds a bit too much for you, try installing an additional deadbolt instead.

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            Figure Out Trash Pickup Days

            Trash and recycling pickup days differ from city to city. To figure out pickup days, try asking a neighbor or calling your city's sanitation department for details.

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            Check Smoke Alarms

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            Call for Pest Control

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            Change Your IRS Address

            Those moving should update their information with the IRS to ensure that they receive tax refunds and correspondence. You can do so by either writing the new address in the appropriate boxes on your tax return or by using Form 8822 to submit an address at any time.

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            Establish Domicile in the New State

            Moving to a new state? You may need to establish legal domicile for tax purposes. To find information on the various ways to establish domicile in your new state, check out the state's official government website.

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            Update Driver's License

            If you have a car, you'll need to get a new driver's license from your state's DMV. Many states require new residents to obtain a driver's license within a specific time window after moving. You'll most likely need an existing driver's license, proof of residency, proof of your social security number and an additional form of identification.

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            Register to Vote

            Visit or call your local town hall about changing your voter registration. Tip: When you visit the DMV to get a driver's license, you may be able to also register to vote and establish domicile on the same day.

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            Baby-Proof the New 北京福利彩票官网

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            Meet the Neighbors

            After you move in, introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Don't be afraid to ring the doorbell and say “hello.” Most people will appreciate the gesture, and you might make a few new friends in the process.

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            Register Your Pet

            If you're moving out-of-state or across county lines, you should look into registering your pet during the first few weeks post-move. While requirements vary depending on the state, many areas require owners to register their pets and purchase a license within a month of moving. This is mainly to ensure that animals receive their necessary shots for public safety purposes.

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            Schedule an Electrician

            Find a well-reviewed local electrician to come to your new house to check any outlets that don't work or are overheating. They should also be able to assist with hanging light fixtures, and assessing whether or not your electrical panel needs to be updated.

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