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Moving Checklist

One Month Before Moving

* Assemble legal papers including mortgage, deed, insurance, tax and survey documents and delivery them to your lawyer.

* Fill out change of address order form for post office.

* Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.

* Make travel arrangements, if necessary.

* Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic or service organizations.

* Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.

* Set up a checking account in your new community.

* Check into the laws and requirements of your new location regarding home-based businesses, zoning regulations, business licenses and any special regulations that might be applicable to you.

* Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.

* Make arrangements for transporting pets. * Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.

One To Two Weeks Before Moving

* Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, water, telephone and cable companies of your move.

* Arrange for help on moving day.

* Confirm travel reservations.

* Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment. * Have appliances serviced for moving.

* Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.

* Plan ahead for special needs of infants.

* Close bank accounts and have your funds transferred to your new bank. Before closing accounts, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.

* Collect valuables from safety-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents.

* Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered during and after the move.

* Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.

* Give a close friend or relative your moving schedule so you may be reached if needed.

On Moving Day

* Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.

* Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.

* Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.

* Carry an operating cell phone for contingencies.

After Arriving At New Home

* Report new address for your driver's license, auto registration and plates.

* Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.

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Change of Address Checklist - Use this form to make sure all your friends, family and business associates have your new address. Also use it to note the phone numbers of your new utility companies, insurance agents and other organizations in your new location.

Packing Tips...

* Keep the following supplies handy for packing: Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper and tissue

* Tape and scissors

* Tape measure

* Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.

* Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.

* Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.

* Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.

* Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.

* Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.

* Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.

* Pack medicines in a leak proof container.

* Carry all valuables with you.

Moving House Plants

A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move

* Prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.

A Week Before Your Move

* Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.

The Day Before Your Move

* Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.

On The Day Of Your Move

* Set the boxes aside and mark "DO NOT LOAD" so they won't be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car. When Moving

* Park your car in a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.

Upon Arrival

* Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to much sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.

Moving Pets

Following are tips for moving your pets to their new home.

Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs can be taken in your car. If so, remember to take along the following items: * Food * Water * A leash for letting your pet out of the car * Newspaper or sheets to keep your car clean Animals can get car-sick and will require frequent stops along the way. Also, check ahead to see if the hotel where you are staying allows pets. Depending on the animal's temperament and size, it might be better to have it shipped by air. Be sure to check if your destination has any local requirements or restrictions on animals. To have your pet shipped by air, make sure someone can meet your pet at the destination airport and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do this for you and keep your pet until you have completed your move, if necessary. If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment. You may need the following items: * Health certificate. Obtain this from your veterinarian. * Pet container. The airline might have a special container available or you can use your own as long as it complies with airline regulations. * Tranquilizers. Your vet can provide tranquilizers to be given to your pet immediately before going to the airport. * Your scent. Your pet can be comforted by having a piece of cloth with your scent on it.

Smaller Animals

Hamsters, birds and other small animals can easily be transported in your car. To help keep the animals calm and quiet, cover cages with a cloth. Also, make sure they have food and water available.

Fish

It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check with your local pet store for recommendations on moving your specific type of fish.