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1-2 months before your move date

what you should do


more information:

Finalize Your Moving Dates

You need to firm up the dates for your moving service. Get those dates in writing. You don't want to any surprises or misunderstandings.

  1. Full Moving Services:
    confirm dates when packers will arrive so that you will be ready. Also confirm dates for truck arrival and delivery. You want to be present for loading and unloading:
    link to view full service movers
  2. You Pack - They Drive Movers:
    usually you will have 1-2 days or more to load up the truck or pod once it has been delivered to your move-out place. Confirm the dates. You want to be ready to load once the truck or pod arrives.

    Likewise, confirm when the truck or pod will arrive at your move-in place. Again, you need to be able to unload in order to meet the time-frame to avoid penalities:
    link to view You Pack-They Drive services
  3. Truck Rentals:
    confirm the date and time you can pick up the truck. You will be given so-many days for the rental period. You need to load the truck, drive to your new location, and unload it within the rental period to avoid penalities:
    link to view truck rentals

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Take Inventory

Prepare an inventory of everything you own. Segment your list into three categories:

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

    link over to our "Inventory Taking" module for information

Arrange Storage, If Needed

You may need storage at either your old place or new place depending on your move needs. Now is the time to find and reserve your storage unit:

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Finalize Your Housing Needs

Stay on track with your housing arrangements, especially those who are looking to rent. Confirm the dates when you can take possession. That will determine when the delivery truck is to arrive.

  • You should make final arrangements for your housing needs. This would include signing the lease on your rental or arrange closing on your home.
  • If you still haven't located a place to live, or if you still need more time to finalize your arrangement, you may need to find temporary housing and storage in order to meet your move date:
    look for temporary housing | look for storage


notes: insurance

  • Homeowners:
    you will be required to have insurance before you close on your home.
  • Renters: get insurance to protect your things. Your landlord's housing insurance typically does not cover your personal items in the event of loss or destruction.

    find insurance:
    link to our insurance module at our nBuy center


notes: tax forms

  • Publication 521:
    Moving Related Expenses:
  • Publication 936:
    Home Mortgage Interest Deductions:
  • Publication 530:
    Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners:
  • Publication 523:
    Selling Your Home:

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get moving help

Looking for help in packing, loading, cleaning, home repair or other related services at your current and new place? Find pre-screened professional help:

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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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