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Moving Tips

Order a Phone Directory for Your New Area


Having the complete listings for your new area may save you a great deal of time and effort. Allow two weeks or more for delivery. Call 1-800-SWB-BOOK.

Shop for a Bank


Compare fees, interest rates, branch locations, business hours and services, such as automated teller machines.

Check Up On Schools


Verify how to transfer school records. Confirm the dates classes begin and end. If you have a pre-schooler, ask about age requirements, vaccinations and other enrollment issues.

Locate Doctors, Lawyers & Other Professionals


Local chapters of the American Medical Association and the bar association may be able to provide members' names and phone numbers. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce for referrals for plumbers, contractors and other professional services.

Subscribe to Local Newspapers


You can arrange for delivery of your local newspaper to begin as soon as you arrive. If you are moving within your present community, be sure to notify the newspaper of your address change.

Notify Catalog Merchants of Your Change of Address


To continue receiving catalogs, call the same toll-free number provided to you for ordering.

Contact Credit Card and Investment Companies


Many monthly statements from stores, credit card companies and others such as mutual funds have toll-free numbers. Notify them of your move in advance to prevent delays in billing or the distribution of dividends.

Contact Utilities


Call at least two weeks in advance to arrange for connection of services. Be sure to inquire about hook-up charges, deposit policies and penalties, if any, for missing or canceling an appointment. If you rent, before you schedule hook-ups ask your landlord if meters, phone wiring, etc., are accessible and if you need to be present when installation occurs. (See Utilities for telephone numbers).

Before You Move


One Month Before You Move

  • Set up a calendar for your move
  • Check to see if you need to give your present landlord a 30-day written notice
  • List important new phone numbers
  • Decide what goes with you, what to sell and what to give away
  • Finalize arrangements with your moving company, or make reservations if you're renting a truck
  • Collect and keep important papers handy (medical, insurance, passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc.)
  • Begin packing seldom used articles

Two Weeks Before You Move

  • Clear up outstanding accounts
  • Transfer checking and savings accounts and contents of safe deposit box to your new community
  • Call your local telephone company to set up a date for phone service to begin
  • Begin serious packing of items you won't need over the next two weeks
  • Send change-of-address cards and leave a forwarding address with the post office
  • Arrange disconnect/connect dates with local utilities
  • Arrange for pet travel
  • Return/retrieve borrowed items
  • Service your car, especially if traveling a distance
  • Drain/dispose of flammable liquids in lawn mowers, etc.

Before You Sign a Lease


A lease is a binding contract, so be sure you understand your rights and obligations before you sign. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask first:

  • What length lease is available or required - six months, one year, two years...?
  • Are utilities included in your rent?
  • How much security deposit is required? Will it earn interest? Will it be returned if the lease is broken? If the lease terms are met?
  • Will you be subject to a credit check? At whose expense?
  • Are there legal limits on rent increases in your area?
  • Are there restrictions regarding pets or children?
  • Exactly when is the apartment/house available for you to move in?
  • Will it be freshly painted before you move in? If you paint, can you use any color? Will you be reimbursed?
  • Are repairs, appliance maintenance, extermination services, carpet cleaning provided by your landlord?
  • Are there rules about wallpapering or hanging pictures?
  • Is extra storage space available for bikes and large objects?
  • Are there special hours for moving in? Are you required to use special elevators or stairs?
  • Are there laundry facilities on the premises?
  • Is free parking available? Are there limits on the number of vehicles?
  • Is assigned parking available?
  • Is there a pet deposit? What part of that deposit is refundable?

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