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One Week Before You Move

Your Move

  • Pack any items you have not had a chance to pack yet. Your final week at home has the potential to be very stressful; don’t push things off until the last minute.

  • As you’re packing, be sure you’re labeling each box for where it goes in your new home -- if you don’t do this now, you might very well forget what’s in what box. Also, where applicable mark the boxes “Fragile,” “Do not load,” or “Load last.”

  • Call your mover and confirm your move date, and make any special arrangements for items like a piano.

  • Arrange for payment for movers, a $20-25 cash tip per mover is usual.

  • Confirm closing/move-in dates with your real estate agent; confirm dates with your storage people.

  • Discuss contingency plan for the movers running late. Where will you sleep?

  • Disconnect and disassemble your computer and peripherals. Back up your computer files on a disk or flash memory drive. You should plan to take these files with you in the car or whatever mode of transportation you will be using to get to your new home. Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software and files.

  • Dispose of paint, oil, and weed killers. Drain fuel out of mowers. Discard propane tanks from grills. 

Your Records

  • Make sure all scheduled deliveries (newspaper, milk, etc.) have been canceled or redirected to your new home.

  • Open a new banking account. Don’t close your old one until you move. If you bank online, be sure to update your address for statement delivery.

  • Get together all keys, alarm codes and garage door openers and place them in a folder so that you can be prepared to hand them over to the new owner or real estate agent.

Your Family

  • Start preparing your kids for the move. Talk about it, and engage them in the process -- maybe they can help color-code boxes to help the movers know where stuff goes.

  • Empty all lockers at school, work or at your gym.

  • Return any borrowed items from friends, the library or video store -- you don’t want to fumble with this on your moving day.

Quick Tips

  • Think about quick and easy meals you can prepare for your family to use up the remaining food in your refrigerator so that it does not go to waste, and also allow you to pack some kitchen items.

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