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The SchoolMatch®
Seven Weeks to a Smoother Move


Seven Weeks Before the Move

  • Review your SchoolMatch® report card.
  • Begin a file with all of your paperwork related to the move.
  • Visit your child's school(s) to arrange transfer of permanent student records. If moving your child to a magnet, alternative, charter or private school, check to see if there is a waiting list or additional application procedure.
  • Check with the school and community recreation departments about available extra-curricular activities (sports, music, etc.)
  • Select a high-performing Realtor® to list your existing home.
  • Secure a change-of-address kit from your local post office and a mail-forwarding card.
  • Make a list of friends, neighbors, colleagues, relatives, magazine subscriptions, credit card companies, insurance companies, banks, former employers and others you need to notify of your move.
  • Send an e-mail to the Visitors and Convention Bureau and Chamber of Commerce in your new location requesting area information and information packages.
  • Schedule estimates with household goods and moving companies.
  • If you have a floor plan of your new home, make decisions about where existing furniture and appliances should be placed.
  • Secure rules and regulations of your new neighborhood development or association.
  • Make decisions about furniture and appliances you don't care to move.
  • Gather instruction manuals for appliances that stay in the current home for the new owner and be certain such manuals are available for the new home.
  • Begin to remove clutter and unwanted items from your home.
  • If you are covered by an employee relocation policy, read the regulations carefully.
  • If you are not covered by an employee relocation policy, check with your accountant or tax advisor to see which moving expenses are tax deductible.
  • Identify childcare resources in your new neighborhood.
  • Inquire about any special legal requirements such as professional licenses or rules for home-based businesses that might affect you or your spouse.

Six Weeks Before the Move

  • Take photographs of or videotape your major possessions, especially appliances and furniture.
  • Inventory your possessions.
  • Obtain copies of your financial, legal, medical, dental and your pet's veterinarian records or have them forwarded to the new service provider.
  • Subscribe on-line or through the mail to the newspaper in your new community.
  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
  • Have artwork, heirlooms and antiques appraised.
  • Open bank accounts in your new community.

Five Weeks Before the Move

  • Select and contract with a moving company including itemized costs for packing, insurance, loading, special charges, etc.
  • Work with mover regarding method of transportation of any vehicles.
  • Select a locksmith to change locks on your new home.
  • Arrange for any repair work needed to be made on the new home.
  • Complete a change-of-address form with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary.
  • Consider transferring memberships in civic organizations, clubs or religious groups.

Four Weeks Before the Move

  • Make arrangements to transport pets.
  • Schedule packing days for your professional mover and/or yourself.
  • If you are moving yourself, order materials such as tape, boxes and padding.

Three Weeks Before the Move

  • Contact public utilities (electricity, natural gas, and water), wired telephone, cellular telephones, Internet access, waste removal and television cable/satellite providers in both your existing area for disconnection and new community for connection.
  • Dispose of items such as flammable liquids.
  • Make arrangements to clean your existing home.
  • Check with your homeowners and auto insurance carriers for transfer of coverage.
  • If you have small children, arrange for a sitter for moving day.
  • Make arrangements for travel for family pets and plants.

Two Weeks Before the Move

  • Begin using food, aerosol sprays and other perishable items.
  • Pack your vital documents such as financial records, birth certificates, marriage license, vehicle titles, passports, medical records and tax records in a waterproof/fireproof container.
  • If you are crossing state lines, check on driver and automobile licensing.
  • Return any borrowed items from friends, neighbors, libraries, etc.
  • Secure radon test on new home.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Cancel waste removal service.

One Week Before the Move

  • Make arrangements to close your bank accounts: checking, savings and safe deposit box(es).
  • Purchase moving insurance if you have valuable artwork, antiques or collections.
  • Drain oil and gas from lawnmower, snow blower, etc.
  • Give plants you cannot move to neighbors and friends.
  • Return any leased equipment such as cable boxes.
  • Secure any dry cleaning or other externally serviced items.
  • Defrost, clean out and air out refrigerators and freezers.
  • Clean kitchen stove.
  • Be sure you have a payment ready for the mover.
  • Purchase Traveler's Checks.

Moving Week or Shortly Thereafter

  • Meet your child's new teacher(s) and school administrators.
  • Be sure all locks have been changed.
  • Have a professional set up major appliances/furniture such as a natural gas dryer, pool table, icemaker on refrigerator, sound system, etc.
  • Obtain local emergency numbers and post them.
  • Design a fire evacuation plan.
  • Test smoke, security, sump pump and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms.
  • Check your inventory.
  • Set up cable or satellite service.
  • Subscribe moving expenses to your employer.
  • Submit claims for any damaged items to your mover.
  • Secure a safety deposit box at you new bank.
  • Secure a local telephone directory.
  • Study maps of the new area.

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