Moving Day: 2 Weeks Away

As you reach this point in your move, you should be starting to see the fruits of your planning come together as you nail down the remaining details from your “to-do” list.

Here are some of the things that you should be getting completed during this stage of your move:

Get all of your packing decisions finalized. If you plan to be doing some of the packing yourself, make sure that you have purchased and received all of the required moving boxes and packing supplies that you will need.

Finish cleaning out less frequently used spaces such as basements, attics, closets and crawl spaces. You may well discover that there are some additional items that you may need to either dispose of or to arrange for inclusion with your other household items being moved.

Be sure to completely dispose of any hazardous materials or items. Please refer to the "items not to pack" section for more information and details on these types of items.

This is a good time to pay a visit to your bank and clear out any safety deposit box items that you have been using.

To ensure no break in your prescription coverage, you should call ahead to the pharmacy in your new city and have your current prescriptions transferred there in advance of your arrival.

Disconnect and disassemble your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files and disks with you in the car or whatever mode of transportation you will be using to get to your new home. Remember, exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.

If you are going to be taking any cleaning fluids with you, you should go ahead and tape and seal those items that are non-toxic and non-flammable in plastic bags.

Remove all oil and gasoline in your lawn mower, snow blower and other power tools that utilize oil or gas. Be sure to carefully drain out the fluids.

If you are going to be using specialized service providers to disconnect appliances, electronics or computer networks and equipment, you should get this timing finalized.

If you will be traveling by car for your move, you should have your car serviced, including having an oil and filter change and a thorough check of your fluid level and tire pressure.

You will want to call and cancel local newspapers subscriptions and arrange to have your other regular deliveries such as magazines and catalogs sent to your new address.

If you utilize lockers at your health club, be sure to get all of your personal items cleaned out.

Before your move day gets too close, you should ensure that you return any outstanding items that you may have checked out of local libraries and return any items you may have borrowed from your friends or neighbors. You don’t want to have something taken across the country only to have to ship it back to its owner.

Pick up any dry cleaning or laundry.

Return any rented videos and/or library books.