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1514 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
FAX: 616-245-9297

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Eight Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Call your moving company to make arrangements
  • Arrange for school records to be transferred to your new schools
  • Arrange for storage if needed with Fort Knox Self Storage.
  • Remove items from your attic, basement, storage shed, etc.
  • Start to use up things you can't move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
  • Contact the chamber of commerce or visitor's and tourism bureaus in your new community for information on your new city.

Six Weeks Before Your Move:

  • If you're moving at an employer's request, verify what expenses and responsibilities are theirs and which are yours.
  • Contact the IRS and/or your accountant for information on what moving expenses may be tax-deductible.
  • Begin to inventory and evaluate your possessions. Figure out what can be sold or donated.
  • Make a list of everyone you need to notify about your move.
  • Obtain a mail subscription to the local paper in your new community to familiarize yourself with local government, community, and social news and activities.
  • Locate all motor vehicle registration and licensing documents and check the auto licensing requirements for your destination.
  • If some of your goods are to be stored, make the necessary arrangements now. (Your moving counselor should be able to help.)

Three to Four Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies, clubs, and other organizations of your change of address.
  • Discard or sell anything you don't really need.
  • Make an inventory list of the items you wish to move.
  • Discuss a method of payment with your Movers In Motion agent.
  • Arrange to obtain packing cartons for those items you want to pack personally.
  • Notify the Post Office and complete a Change of Address form.
  • Notify friends and businesses about your change of address.
  • Have your W-2s and other tax forms forwarded.
  • Check and clear any unpaid tax assessments.
  • Arrange for transfer of all medical and dental records.
  • Transfer all insurance records.
  • Have letters of introduction written, if needed.
  • Arrange for transfer of school records to new school.
  • Arrange for transfer of jewelry and important documents.
  • Close charge accounts.
  • Arrange for shipment of pets and immunization records.
  • Make travel plans.
  • Make hotel reservations, if necessary, and note to confirm before departure.

Two Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Collect all clothing and items to be cleaned or repaired.
  • Return all borrowed items; collect things that you have loaned.
  • Have all medical prescriptions refilled and check if they are refillable at your new destination.
  • Have your bank transfer your accounts and release your safe deposit box.
  • Arrange to disconnect utility services.
  • Have farewell parties and visits.
  • Make arrangements to have special appliances serviced for your move.

One Week Before Your Move:

  • Dispose of all flammables and explosives.
  • Pack suitcases. Include all items you will need until your shipment arrives.
  • Select games and books to occupy children while traveling.
  • Arrange for a baby sitter for moving day so you can devote personal attention to the move without interruption.

One Day Before Your Move:

  • Finish packing personal belongings.
  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer and let them air out for at least 24 hours. Also clean and air out your stove.
  • Plan a simple breakfast for moving day to eliminate refrigeration or cooking. Use paper plates.
  • Get a good night's rest.

Moving Day:

  • Be available to answer your mover's inquiries, and be prepared to give directions or have someone there authorized to do so.
  • Make a last-minute check of your appliances to see that they have been disconnected.
  • Provide the driver with your travel itinerary, phone contact at destination (if available) and delivery address.
  • Strip your beds but leave contour sheets on your mattresses.
  • Before leaving, check each room and closet. Make sure windows are closed. Turn off all electric lights. Lock all doors.

Moving In:

  • Be present during unloading so that you may direct the placement of your furniture in your new home.


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