For Consumers

Moving Your Home

Moving to a new home can be stressful. Here is a list of things to keep in mind when getting ready to move.

  • Write everything down. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system.
  • Have plenty of supplies. You'll need plenty of boxes; probably more boxes than you think. If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day such as bedding, clothing and cleaning supplies.
  • Notify the post office, magazines, credit card companies, and friends and family of your change of address. The U. S. Postal Service offers a kit to make this process easier.
  • Discontinue home delivery of newspaper.
  • Contact utilities (gas, water, electricity, telephone, cable company) to schedule disconnection of services on the day following your move. Call the utilities in your new town to arrange for service to start the day before your move so that you have service when you arrive at your new home.
  • Write directions to your new home for the mover. Provide the new phone number and your cell phone where you can be reached in transit. Don’t forget to leave your forwarding address and phone number for your home's new occupants.

Moving Your Business

In business, time is money. Use these helpful tips to make moving into your new offices quick and speedy.

  • Make a packing plan. Identify the items you can pack early, those you’ll need during the final week or two before the move, and those that can’t be packed until the last couple of days.
  • Your packing plan should include a list of what you’ll need immediately after you arrive at your new premises. For example: faxes, telephones, computers and deadline-related materials.
  • A week before the move, call your mover and confirm your reservation.
  • Make sure your utilities are transferred. A few days before the move, confirm all the necessary changes with your electricity, public utilities and telephones.
  • Back up your computer data files. This cannot be overemphasized. The information in your computer systems is extremely valuable and losing it could cause you endless difficulties.

Tips For Kids

Moving to a new home can be stressful. Here is a list of things to keep in mind when getting ready to move.

  • Stay connected: Make a list of your closest friends’ phone numbers and e-mail addresses so you can keep in touch with them.
  • Write a list of who you want to say goodbye to before you leave, maybe your babysitter, favorite neighbor or teacher. Show the list to your parent(s) and then you can call, e-mail them or give them a goodbye hug.
  • Think of your favorite places, like the park and the ice cream store, that you want to visit one more time before you move. Talk to your parent(s) about when you can go.
  • Start drawing a cool design for your bedroom in your new home. Think about the colors you want to paint it and where to put your bed.
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