- Give your forwarding address to the post office,
usually two to four weeks ahead of the move.
- Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions,
and bank of the change of address.
- Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business
colleagues who need to be notified of the move.
- Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your
old home and connected at your new one.
- Cancel the newspaper.
- Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually
movers only cover what they pack.
- Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving,
- Note the weight of the goods you'll have moved,
since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch
for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
- Check with your condo or co-op about restrictions
on using the elevator or particular exits.
- Have a "first open" box with the things you'll
need most--toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver,
pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.
Plus, if you're moving out of town:
- Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions
for your family and your pets.
- Get copies of children's school records for transfer.
- Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know
in your new neighborhood.
- Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
- Let a friend or relative know your route.
- Carry traveler's checks or an ATM card for ready
cash until you can open a bank account.
- Empty your safety deposit box.
- Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation
if you're moving in cold weather.
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