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Moving can be a stressful event. There are many issues that you must deal with to insure success. Below is a list that you can use to help keep organized during your move.

2 Months Before Your Move

. Find your perfect place with the help of your personal apartment locator agent.
. Create a "Move" file to store receipts and records, and keep it handy!
. Find out which moving expenses are tax-deductible.
Contact moving companies and truck rental companies for estimates and moving assistance information. Tip: Reserve well in advance as companies are often sold out for key move weekends.
. Getting renters insurance will ensure coverage before, during and after the move.
. Obtain a current credit report to give potential landlords.
. Research child care options in your new location.
. Notify physicians and dentists of your move, and ask for referrals.
Make check-up appointment for pets. Check with your vet for vaccination requirements in your new location.
. Take a close look at what you own. Figure out what goes with you, gets left behind or goes into storage. Most moving companies have a minimum weight restriction. Above the minimum, more weight means more cost.
. Contact any clubs or associations for information on transferring, selling or ending memberships.
. Check out auto insurance rates in your new location.
. Check into storage options in your new location.
. Start collecting boxes and packing materials. Call truck rental companies or moving companies to order supplies.

1 Month Before Your Move

. Give notice to your current landlord or management company.
. Cancel any monthly services. Many require at least 30 days notice or you will be billed for an extra month.
. Arrange for transfer of school records for yourself or children.
. Start involving your kids in the move. Make it exciting by having them pack some of their own things, and letting them figure out new layouts for their rooms.
. Check on special transportation requirements for pets.
. Notify important businesses, organizations, clubs and personal contacts of your new address.
. Start packing, remembering to label your boxes so you can unpack with ease. Plan on carrying irreplaceable and hard-to-replace items with you (jewelry, photos, videos, etc). Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants-consider giving your plants to friends or family.
. Arrange for utilities at your new location. Make sure to shop around for the best prices on local and long distance phone service as well as internet services.
. Check to make sure you have returned all rented videos and library books.
. Check dry cleaners, storage facilities and repair shops for personal articles.
. Give forwarding address to your employer, lawyer, accountant, etc.
. Fill out a change of address card and mail it to the post office.
. Notify the IRS of your new address by using Form 8822. Contact the IRS for additional help. Also, use IRS Form 3903 to help deduct Moving Expenses.

2 Weeks Before Your Move

. Service your car, especially if you're traveling to your new place by car.
. Make lodging arrangements if traveling a long distance or if your new residence is not ready for move-in.
. If you are moving from or to a high rise, you may need to reserve an elevator for moving day.
. Update e-mail address, if necessary. Let your online friends and contacts know about your move.
. If you have young children, arrange for a babysitter on moving day. You can concentrate on the move knowing your kids are watched and safely out of the way.

Move Week

. Close or transfer bank account, and get traveler's checks if needed. Clear out your safety deposit box as well. Make sure to have money to pay movers (some companies accept only cash).
. Notify the post office, and your insurance and credit card companies of your move if you haven't yet.
. Arrange for house cleaning after you move.
. Donate the items that you do not plan to move. Remember to collect receipts for tax purposes.
. Back up your computer files before disassembling and packing your system.
. Contact utilities to cancel or transfer accounts. You'll want utilities on moving day, so arrange to disconnect them after your move date. Have utilities connected in your new place the day before you move in.
. De-frost and clean your refrigerator and freezer; clean your stove too.
. Confirm your travel plans (flights, hotel, rental cards, etc).
. Confirm your new address with the moving company.
. Drain your waterbeds completely before your moving team arrives, making sure to have a box to put the mattress in. Have all disassembly and disconnection that is not included on your move completed before your moving team arrives. Now is a good time to purchase water conditioner to add when re-filling your waterbed.
. Do a final walk-through of your old residence, checking closets, drawers, etc. Turn off all lights, lock all doors and windows, and leave keys with your old property manager if applicable.
. Be available when the moving truck arrives. Make sure all your boxes have arrived undamaged before signing paperwork and letting movers leave.

Settling In After Your Move

. Update your car registration and driver's license.
. Register to vote. Call your local board of elections for specific registration information. Ask them how to notify your previous voting district of your change of address.
. Call your bank and have new checks printed.
. Mail that has been forwarded from your old address will have a yellow address label on it. Notify the sender of your new address.
. Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals, gas stations and the post office near your new home.
. Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools or housewares unexpectedly.
. Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
. Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value and your coverage.
. Moving can be stressful. Watch for effects on family members and pets so you can give comfort and a helping hand.

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