Your Move's 6-10 Weeks Away

If you're reading this guide, that is good news! This means that you likely have given you and your family plenty of time to plan and organize your upcoming relocation. Proper planning and maintaining an organized and logical “to-do” list is probably one of the most important things to keep in mind to help make your move process more efficient and less stressful. If you are planning ahead, we recommend that you take the time and to your research to really understand what is needed for your move.

Most families to do not move that frequently. You may be moving for the first time and several years could have passed since your last move. We hope that our Moving Guides can be helpful to you in getting yourself ready for your move.

Here are some of the things you should be doing this 6-10 week period before your move date:

  • Begin contacting professional moving companies to obtain multiple moving quotes. It is important that you seek licensed and insured moving companies that are able to service your particular moving needs. Here at, we offer a simple and easy way to Get Free Moving Quotes. Moving companies can have a wide range of prices and services and by comparing multiple providers; you can find the mover that best meets your needs.

  • As you meeting with moving companies, you should be taking this time out to figure what household items that you will want to be shipping to your new one. In most cases, the price of your move will have a direct correlation to the amount of items (weight or time spent packing and unpacking) that you will be moving. This is a great opportunity to throw out or donate to local charities those items that you do not use regularly.

  • You may decide if you have a lot of stuff to dispose of that a garage sale would be a good option. You should try to schedule your garage deal at least 2 weeks before the actual sale date. If possible, you may want to reach out to some of your neighbors and see if they may want to sell some of their items as well, creating a bigger “neighborhood sale”.

  • Get the moving and packing supplies that you are going to need if you are going to be doing some of the packing for your move. One of the best ways to get exactly what you want and save money in the process is by buying your moving boxes online. Moving boxes and supplies are specialized and we do not recommend utilizing used boxes or boxes that you get from local retail establishments.

  • You should start to plan your new home layout by thinking about you will be using what rooms and how you will be laying out your major pieces of furniture. You can draw up a simple floor plan that can help you get a better handle on what you should take with and what items you may need to purchase upon your arrival.

  • Begin investigating your new neighborhood and community. The Internet is a great source of data on lots of aspects of a particular city or area. You can also contact the Local Chamber of Commerce and schools for other information that can be mailed out to you in advance.

  • If you are traveling by air or renting a car, you should try to book your travel as far in advance as possible to secure the dates and times that you need for your move. You may want to look at flexible tickets in the case that something changes with your moving schedule and you are forced to make adjustments to your flight.

  • Create a “Moving Expense” folder. You are eligible to deduct a number of moving expenses if you are doing a Qualified Move. You will need to complete a Form 3903 to deduct your moving expenses on your federal tax return. You should complete an IRS Change of Address Form, Form 8822 or you can call (800) 829-1400. You can also visit the official IRS website at

  • Reach out to your insurance agent to begin discussing canceling your current policies for auto, property, etc. Depending on the distance of your move and whether you are leaving your current state, you may be able to keep your current policies.

  • You should make a request to your family doctors and dentists for your medical records so that you will have this for your children’s schools and to begin setting up new relationships in your new home.

  • You will want to notify your children’s current schools of your move and to arrange for the release and transfer of school records and transcripts to your new schools. As this request can sometimes take some time, it is good to make this request as soon as possible.