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1 month before your move date

what you should do


more information:

Sorting - Cleaning - Scheduling

Take this 1 month for the move to get things ready so that you can pack quickly and discard items you don't need.

You should segment your household items into 3 areas:

  1. items to pack and move on the truck
  2. items that you will move yourself
  3. items that will be discarded

    tool: use our item inventory list for help
    guide: print this packing guide for tips


Other tips:

  • start using up food and other perishables. The less you have to pack-throw away, the better.
  • clean rugs, draperies, and clothes so that they can be wrapped and transported:
    see our directory of cleaning and moving services
  • arrange pickup and delivery dates with your mover and storage operator. Reserve if necessary your use of the elevator if moving from and/or to another apartment
  • order packing supplies to arrive before your move:
    see our packing supply module

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Transfer Utilities and Change of Address

First: download our utility transfer sheet

Then cancel, setup and transfer your home's utility services:


Second: arrange for the following change of addresses.

Download change of address form for help

  • U.S. Post Office change of address form:
  • IRS change of address:
  • Notify others of your change of address:
    another listing:
  • Don't forget DMV and Voter Registrations:


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Taking Care of Finances and Other Documents


Finance Tips:

  • Check your credit report to clean up discrepancies and prevent ID theft (especially
    as you move to different addresses)
  • Make sure you re-check your report 3 months after your move to update your credit records:
    complete information at our credit center
  • Setup your new bank account with deposit accounts and bank card access:
    search banks in your area
  • Close safe deposit boxes and transfer records and assets to your new bank
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage:
    link to our insurance module at our nBuy center
  • Pay any unpaid traffic tickets, claims, and taxes. Outstanding "penalties" can delay registrations in other jurisdictions.


Other important documents:

  • Contact your existing dentist, doctor, veterinary and other health care facilities. Have them transfer your personal, family, and pet records to your new health care specialist. Note that you may need to provide a signed letter for transfer authorization
  • Arrange transfer of your children's school records
  • Transfer memberships in religious, civic groups and other social clubs
  • Obtain other records from lawyers, CPAs, investment advisors, others
  • Check the local and state laws of your new city on home businesses, business licenses, professional tests, and other requirements that may be applicable

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Travel by Car
map out your trip and arrange overnight stay


Travel by Air
reserve your tickets early for best price:


Travel by Train or Bus
great for short distance moves:

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Moving Tools

FREE forms and worksheets:

  • moving checklist and pad
  • move budgeting worksheets
  • move inventory lists
  • utility and service transfer sheets
  • and more - all FREE without user registration

    click for quick tool downloads
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