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Moving Tips Checklist:

Contact only legally licensed moving companies for estimates - refer to Georgia’s Household Goods Movers Consumer Service Report Card: http://www.gamccd.net/HGLicensedMovers.aspx

One Month Before Moving

  1. Fill out change of address order form for post office.
  2. Fill out an IRS change of address form.
  3. Make arrangements with Adams Transfer and Storage.
  4. Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
  5. Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
  6. Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
  7. Set up a checking account in your new city.
  8. Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
  9. Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed.
  10. Make arrangements for transporting pets.
  11. Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.

 One To Two Weeks Before Moving

  1. Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
  2. Confirm travel reservations.
  3. Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
  4. Have appliances serviced for moving.
  5. Clean rugs and clothing before having them packed for moving.
  6. Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
  7. Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
  8. Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
  9. Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
  10. Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
  11. Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.

On Moving Day

  1. Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
  2. Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
  3. Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.

After Arriving At New Home

  1. Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
  2. Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
  3. Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
  4. Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.