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Essential information

One Month before Moving
  • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, and rope
  • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel,   and rental car reservations
  • Call a moving company or make truck rental reservations to move yourself
  • Finalize real estate and apartment rental needs
  • Give your mailers your new address
  • Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible)
  • Make maps of your new neighborhood to familiarise yourself and your family   with your new area
  • Plan your moving budget.

Two Weeks before Moving
  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of   your move and sign up for services at your new address
  • Inform the phone company of your move and sign up for a service at your new   address
  • Recruit moving-day help
  • Confirm travel reservation
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate.

The Day before Moving
  • Set aside moving materials like a tape measure, pocket knife, packing boxes, tape and markers
  • Pick up rental truck
  • Check oil and gas in your car
  • If travelling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials.

Packing Tips

Keep the following supplies and accessories on hand:

  • Boxes, all sizes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning material
  • Marking pens
  • Tape measure
  • Furniture pads or old blankets
  • Packing tape and scissors
  • Money and credit cards
  • Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered
  • Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box
  • Clearly mark fragile items
  • Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
  • Keep a medical kit accessible
  • If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip

Documents needed for international moving:
  • Passport(s)
  • Certificate of registration
  • Export forms
  • Visa
  • Residence and work permits
  • Medical and immunisation certificates
  • International driving permits
  • Marriage certificate (if married)
  • Documents vary per country, ask your selected mover for more information about the documents required for your   designated country.

After your Move

  • Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home
  • Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools, or house wares unexpectedly
  • Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out which day the trash is collected. Also ask whether your new   community has recycling programs
  • Seek out new service providers such as a bank, cleaners, and veterinarian
  • Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information on: Schools, Cable service, Cultural events and community   activities, Libraries and parks, and Availability of emergency calling services, such as 911
  • Provide your new   doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist
  • Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your   belongings, their value, and your coverage
    Give your new home a good cleaning
  • Give your new home a good cleaning
  • Moving can be stressful. Watch for effects on family members and pets so you can give comfort and a helping hand.

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