Moving timetable

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It is never too soon to start planning for a move. A timetable-checklist can, in fact, be an invaluable tool in helping to schedule what needs to be done and when. Of course this checklist will vary among households, but here are a few basic points to keep in mind. * As early as eight weeks before the moving date, contact the mover to make the necessary arrangements. * Six weeks before the move, begin to contact schools, doctors, dentist, lawyers, and accountants in order to obtain personal records. Start making arrangements to transfer bank accounts, and begin to inventory the house. * Four weeks before moving, obtain a change-of-address kit from the post office. Also, contact utility and related companies for service connections and disconnections. * Two weeks before moving, have your car checked and serviced for the trip. It’s also time to start packing less essential items. * One week before moving, drain the gas and oil from power equipment such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. It is illegal for moving companies to move flammable items or those containing gasoline. Begin to pack suitcases and take a final inventory. * On moving day make sure that someone is at home to answer the van foreman’s questions and check the condition of items as they are loaded. For more information on creating a moving timetable, consult a moving company in your area.

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