Ready, Set, Move!

4-6 Weeks Before Your Move:


1.  Interview moving companies (May-September are

moving company’s busiest months)


Bookstore Movers

Big Green Moving Company 

Atlas Van Lines (nationwide)

Van Lines (nationwide) 


2.  Check on moving truck rental rates and availability 




3.  Book your moving company or moving truck.


4.  Check with the moving company regarding items

they will and will NOT move.

Most moving companies will not move household cleaning

supplies, chemicals, or plants.


5.  Gather packing materials:

The Office Depot

The UPS Store

Home Depot





































3-4 Weeks Before:


1.  If moving to a new area, notify your medical professionals.

You will need copies of medical files for each family member-

don’t forget Fluffy and Fido. Also, notify your children’s school(s) and make sure records are transferred.


2.  Notify your insurance agent of your upcoming move. 

Discuss transferring coverage to your new home. Also ask if your

insurance covers household items in-transit.


  1. Arrange utility connection/disconnection dates.


Washington Gas



4.  Notify all magazine providers of your address change, and

fill out a change-of-address card at the post office.






























1 Week Before:


1.  Reconfirm all details with your mover.


2.  Send out change-of-address announcements (by mail

or email) to family and friends.


3.  Close your safe deposit box and pack your valuables

with you for safe traveling.


4.  Back up your computer and make a hard copy or

replacement disk of important information.


5.  Pick up all dry cleaning and anything being repaired.

Return anything you've borrowed from neighbors or the



It is moving time…CONGRATULATIONS!

6.  Purge

Start in one room and begin the process of cleaning out. Pack boxes to go to the Salvation Army or other thrift store. Take a hard look at your current furniture; decide what pieces go and what stays. You do not want to pay to move items you neither need nor want. This is also a great opportunity for some tax deductions. The Salvation Army will pick up donated goods. To schedule a pick up online, click here.  

7.  Pack

 If you are not having movers pack your belongings, set a goal of packing 2-4 boxes a day. Pack those items that you are not currently using first: off-season clothes, books, toys that are not often played with, the “good” china, vases… Label these boxes (on the side, not the top, so you can read the label when the boxes are stacked) with the room name, contents, and whether or not the items are fragile.


Regardless of whether you use a moving company or not, always pack your own personal papers and important files. Items can be lost in a move – make sure you have the files you need. Also make sure you have the moving company’s official checklist of your belongings. This is the inventory form you will need to make a claim if anything is lost or broken.


It is important to locate your title insurance policy. Sometimes these are transferable to the next owner of your home. Put the title insurance policy as well as any mortgage info and deeds aside so that you will have them available during the sales process.


For staging purposes, you may need to pack and move some items early. 

Pods offer an easy storage solution. Keep in mind that a permit is required for mobile storage units in DC.  


​3 Weeks Before:


1.  Cancel any newspaper subscriptions.


2.  Reconfirm with your movers.


3.  Dispose of any toxic chemicals responsibly.  


2 Weeks Before:

1.  Visit any banks where you will need to close or transfer accounts.


2.  Hire a cleaning service to do a final cleaning of your home.


3.  Apply for a moving truck permit. The "emergency no

parking" signs should be posted 72 hours in advance of the date of your move.