Moving Tips

One Month before Moving:

      • Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, call 800-829-1040 and ask for form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.
      • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope, etc.
      • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations. Or plan your travel route if driving.
      • Call a moving company or make truck rental reservations to move yourself. For a full list of reliable home service professionals, view our current Preferred Vendor List.
      • Finalize real estate and apartment rental needs.
      • Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
      • Obtain a change of address form to tell the post office of your move.
      • Give people or businesses that send you mail your new address:
        • Friends and family members
        • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
        • Charge card and credit card companies
        • Doctors, Dentists, and other medical providers
        • State and Federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed
        • The IRS
      • Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible.)
      • Make maps of your new neighborhood to familiarize 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. Sign up for services at your new address.
      • Arrange for new cable service for your new home.
      • Inform your Long-Distance Phone Company of your move. Sign up for long distance service at your new address.
      • Recruit moving day help.
      • Confirm travel reservations.
      • 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 the rental truck.
      • Check the oil and gas in your car.
      • If traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essential items.