Moving Timeline Check List
One month before your move
Arrange for moving your furniture and personal belongings either by hiring a moving company or renting a truck.
Accumulate moving supplies such as boxes, tape, rope, and anything else you might need.
Plan your travel route if you are driving to your new home.
Some moving expenses are tax-deductible, so you should save receipts for all moving-related expenses, including meals, lodging, and gasoline.
Develop a plan for packing, such as packing last the things you use the most.
Notify the Post Office of your move by using the Change of Address form.
Notify friends, family, and businesses of your move
Notify federal and state taxing authorities or any other necessary government agency.
Two weeks before your move
? Notify utility companies: gas, electric, water, cable TV, and phone companies.
? Arrange for utility services at new address.
? Notify long-distance phone company and arrange for service at your new address.
? Have your car serviced if you are driving to your new home.
? Recruit people to help you on the moving day
? Arrange for someone to take care of your pets during the move.
? Confirm moving company or rental truck arrangements
? If you are leaving the city, notify your bank.
One day before your move
? Keep moving materials separate so they don’t get packed until you are finished.
? Pick up rental truck if you are doing it yourself.
? Fill up your car with gas and check oil and tires.
? Try to get a good night’s rest.
Q. Which form do I need to fill out to have my mail forwarded?
A. The Change of Address Order form supplied at any United States Post Office.
Q. Does each person in the household have to have a form filled out?
A. If each member has the same last name and they are all moving to the same address, only one
Change of Address form needs to filled out. However, if this is not the case, each individual
must complete a separate Change of Address form.
Q. When does the Change of Address form need to be sent in?
A. To ensure that there is no unnecessary delay, the Change of
Address form should be completed at least 30 days before you
move or at least as soon as you know the date of your move and
the new address. The “Start Date” will determine when the post
office will forward your mail to the new address.
Q. Who else should be notified of my change of address?
A. Everyone who sends you mail should be notified of your change of address. This includes
family, friends, credit cards, banks, insurance companies, doctors, dentists, professionals,
magazines, etc. You can get notification postcards from the post office.
Q. How long will the Post Office continue to forward my mail?
A. For most mail, it will be forwarded for twelve months at no charge. Third-class mail will not
be forwarded unless the sender requests it specifically.
Q. What are the requirements for qualifying for a moving expense deduction on my Federal tax
A. There are two tests, the employment test and the distance test, that determine a taxpayer’s
eligibility. For more information, call 1-800-829-1040 and ask for a publication on moving
expenses, or call your personal tax advisor.
Q. Is there a place on the Internet to change my address?
Tips on Packing
Packing your household goods can save a substantial amount of money. To insure safety for your belongings, care should be undertaken to pack properly.
Use strong containers in good condition that can be sealed with
Keep in mind what the box will weigh after it is loaded. 40 to 50 pounds is considered the maximum.
Empty spaces in boxes should be filled with crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap to keep things from shifting in transit.
Books should be stacked on end and generally in smaller boxes than other things due to their weight.
Label each box after packing, so that the movers will know which room to put it in and to help you to prioritize which ones need to be opened first.
Remove all breakables from drawers before moving furniture.
Don’t pack valuables such as jewelry, collections, checks or savings books.
Packing takes longer than you expect so allow plenty of time. Pack items that aren’t frequently used first and unpack them last.
Organization in packing will save you hours of time and frustration in the long run.
Items that are no longer wanted can be donated to charity and you may be eligible for a tax
Videotape Your Personal Belongings
In recent years, the price of video cameras has come down so low that many households have one. Even if you haven’t gotten around to buying one yet, you probably know someone who has one or you can rent one at a very reasonable price.
Most are very simple to operate and don’t require any skilled training. The microphone is built into most cameras, and some don’t even require additional lighting.
Why not use this technology to make a video record of all of the personal possessions in your home just in case there is an incident. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video with sound has to be worth ten thousand.
Have someone help you with this simple project. One of you can handle the camera, and the other can identify objects in each room. Describe each item as you go along. If it has a serial number or other identifying mark, be sure to mention it. Once the videotape is made, you might want to make a duplicate of it and put one copy in a safe place away from the original. Give it to a friend or relative for safekeeping.
Helping Children With the Move
Show your children their new home and their new room prior to moving. If this is not possible, pictures or videos will help them visualize their new home.
Assure children that you won’t forget their friends
Make a scrapbook of the old home and neighborhood.
Throw a good-bye party. At the party, have their friends sign a tee shirt.
Have your children write good-bye letters and enclose their new address.
When packing, give them their own box. They can decorate if they like.
If you move far away, buy postcards when you stop so they can
remember the trip.
When unpacking, allow them to unpack their treasures.
Start a scrapbook for their new home.
Visit their new school, park, church etc. Take a camera.
Help your children invite new friends to the house.
Let them choose a new favorite restaurant.
Encourage them to send letters to their friends about their new home.
Involve your children in groups, sports, and activities.
Remember that even if you only lived in a home a few years, to a young child could represent their entire lifetime!