4 Weeks Before You Move

  • Contact your utility and service companies to arrange the date when your service can be disconnected, and if needed, the date it is to be reconnected in your new home. This can include telephone, Internet, heating, water and electricity. Make sure you ask that services be disconnected after your move date.
  • Make all your travel plans such as flights, hotels or calls to family members you might need to stay with at your destination or along the way. If you’re flying your pets, make sure you have the necessary documents and carrier.
  • Decide what needs to travel with you, including clothing, games for the kids, books, toiletries, etc.
  • Begin dismantling any outdoor furniture or children’s play areas, including slides and swings. Check the garage and storage areas to determine what needs to be packed.
  • Start finding new homes for your plants, if you know that they can’t go with you. If you are moving plants, make sure you know how they’ll be transported. 
  • Cancel subscriptions to local newspapers, magazines, bottled water or any other home delivery service you currently receive. 
  • Complete an IRS change of address form. 
  • If you’re driving to your new home, get a detailed map and plot out your route. Write out directions and give them to your movers. 
  • Keep packing the none essential items. Designate a room to start placing all your boxes.  Mark the boxes with what they contain, in case you need to open one of them.