If moving your refrigerator, remember to turn it off and defrost it at least one day prior to moving, and wipe up any liquid from the floor. This will prevent a wet, stinky mess in your new kitchen!
Hiring a sitter for your children and pets will let you focus on the move without having to entertain them or constantly check on them.
In order to minimize wasting food that you cannot take with you to your destination, make your last grocery trip two weeks before your move date. This will give you ample time to consume refrigerated and frozen items, and use up items from your pantry.
A great way to help your community is to donate items that you cannot bring with you to a nonprofit organization. Many organizations accept a host of different items, from clothing, furniture to electronics and more. Arrange for them to pick up the unwanted items at least one week prior to your move.
If you have valuable items that you cannot take with you, or will not need at your new destination, why not make some money from selling them online? Sites such as EBay, Craigslist or Etsy are great options. Try to do this at least two weeks before moving, to allow time to pack and ship the items to the recipients.
Remember to change your address on all your important documents, with the appropriate agencies: contact the DMV to change the address on your driver’s license; contact your health insurance, auto and home insurance companies; social security office; bank, loan, and credit card companies, inform your employer so that your paychecks and work-related mail reaches your new destination; inform medical professionals; etc. Go online and have your mail forwarded to your new address through the U.S. postal service’s website. Give yourself at least two weeks before moving to contact all the necessary parties.
Contact friends and family and inform them of your new address and contact information.
If you are a renter, remember to take photos of your old home once it is cleaned and before leaving. Take pictures of your new home once you arrive, empty and without your belongings.