Moving Planner Four Weeks Before the Move... Call Arpin Moving to schedule your move. Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. Consider a garage sale. Call physicians and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home. Get copies of renewable prescriptions. Arrange transfer of school records. Check homeowner's insurance policies to see if moving is covered. Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance. Transfer personal insurance records. Three Weeks Before the Move... Plan to use up most food items before the move. Check and clear tax assessments. Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them. Movers can't take aerosols, flammables, corrosives or ammunition. It's best to use them up or give them away before you move. Propane tanks must be emptied as well as lawnmower fuel tanks. Two Weeks Before the Move... Make your travel reservations for the trip. Notify the Post Office and get change of address forms. Notify magazines to which you subscribe. Note: You must fill out a change-of-address form for each person receiving mail at your address. Close or transfer all charge accounts. Return library books and other things you've borrowed. Collect things you've loaned, and items in layaway, cold storage, etc. Arrange to discontinue utilities and delivery services. Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of cleaning fluids, acids, caustic drain cleaners, etc. One Week Before the Move... Transfer bank accounts. Reconfirm travel reservations. Arrange for cable TV disconnection. Arrange connection of utilities in new home. Arrange to have cash, certified check or money order ready to pay driver before goods are unloaded. Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight, and other items you'll take in your car. Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip. Your local phone company business office can help you with phone service for your new home, as well as disconnecting service at your present home. Drain water from all garden hoses. Start packing suitcases. Drain gasoline from lawn mower. Anything Arpin Moving is packing should be left in place. It's easier and safer to pack glassware right from the cabinet it's kept in. The Day Before the Move... Put cleaning supplies, toiletries and a coffee pot in special box to be loaded last and unloaded first. Finish packing all suitcases. Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator. The Day of the move... Be on hand all day to answer questions. Accompany driver during inventory, sign bill of lading, and confirm your new address and delivery date. Advise driver of your en-route accommodations and telephone number, if known. Make final check of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred and lights are out. Address Change Specifics Post Office: Give forwarding address Charge Accounts, Credit Cards Subscriptions: Notice required several weeks ahead Friends and Relatives Utility Companies and More Gas Light Water Telephone Fuel Garbage Cable TV or Satellite Company Newspaper Lawn Services Veterinarian Note: Get refunds on any deposits made And Don't Forget To: Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in your new city Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions, if unhappy Let a close friend or relative know the route and schedule you will travel, including overnight stops; use him or her as message headquarters Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with realtor or neighbor At Your New Address: Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing real estate transaction Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace Have appliances checked Ask mail carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival Have new address recorded on driver's license Visit city offices and register for voting Register car Apply for state driver's license Register children in school Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.