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Whether you're hiring a professional moving company or recruiting a few of your
best friends, you'll want to consider the following items before, during, and after
moving day. Some are important legal matters, so the sooner you cross them off your
list, the better. Best of luck with your big move!
- Get rid of your extra stuff! Giving unused items to charity helps a worthy cause
and may earn you a tax deduction. Fewer items can save you time and money on your
- Inventory your belongings, in case you need to file an insurance claim.
- Reduce your grocery shopping in the preceding weeks and use up the food in your
pantry. It can be heavy to move.
- Pack an "overnight" bag so you don't need to search for your toothbrush at midnight.
You might want to include a shower curtain in this bag too, if you'll need one in
your new dwelling.
- Label the outside of each box with a room destination ("kitchen") and contents so
you know what to unpack first.
- If you're moving to or from a condo or apartment, remember to reserve the elevator
or service entrance.
- Ask your insurance agent if you need any insurance policy changes. Confirm that
you have coverage during the move.
- Remember to provide a forwarding address to your service providers, such as UW Credit
- Contact your utility companies to establish cut-off and start-up dates.
- Fill out a change-of-address form for both the IRS and the
United States Postal Service.
- If you're moving out of town, transfer or sell memberships to gyms, shopping clubs,
and civic organizations.
- After the move, update your driver's license and auto registration/tags.
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