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Moving Tips

Moving Timeline




Eight Weeks Out


  • Contact your moving company and discuss your needs with them. Have a representative come to your home to do an inventory and provide a written estimate. Keep in mind that charges are most often based on actual weight and mileage at the time of the move, however, most estimates are not binding.
  • Make the estimator aware of all moveable items – don’t forget items in the crawlspace, basement, or backyard. Most moving companies will charge extra for items added to the inventory on packing and loading day.
  • Review the moving company’s rules and regulations. Some companies and some states have different regulations on items they will and will not transport. Plants, guns, jewelry and chemicals are typical items that may be prohibited.
  • Start to use up items that will not be moved such as perishable food and household chemicals.

Six Weeks Out


  • Use moving as an excuse to purge your household of unnecessary items. Arrange to donate these items to a local charity or plan a garage sale.
  • Make a list of people and organizations to contact about your move. Don’t forget magazine subscriptions, state agencies and professional contacts.
  • Contact your lawyer, accountant and family doctors to obtain important records. Ask for a referral in your new location.

Four Weeks Out


  • Get a change of address kit from the post office and complete the cards with the effective date of the move. Remember to complete separate cards for each family member who receives mail. Arrange transportation for pets, and take them to the veterinarian for any required boosters and/or health certificates. Ask your vet for suggestions on helping your pet handle the move and adjust to the new home
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  • Contact the school in your new area to determine the necessary steps for registration. Notify your children’s school of the upcoming move and make arrangements to obtain school records. Most schools require an original birth certificate, health and immunization records, and proof of residence.
  • Contact all utility companies, both in your present locations and your new location. Don’t forget water delivery, cellular phone service, Internet service providers, security monitoring services, lawn service, etc. Make sure that telephone and utilities remain connected through closing at your old home, and are already connected on date of ownership at your new home.
  • Discuss your move with your insurance companies (homeowner's or rental and auto). If possible, transfer coverage to your new location or make arrangements to terminate coverage and establish new policies. Ask for a referral if possible.
  • Request medical insurance coverage information for your new area and select doctors, if necessary.

Three Weeks Out


  • Make travel arrangement and reservations for your moving trip. Keep in mind that the packing and loading process is difficult to estimate precisely. Don’t commit your family to a tight time schedule. You may want to plan to stay locally the first night and leave town the following morning.
  • Collect important personal records, such as wills, insurance policies, saving bonds, passports and birth certificates. Plan to move these items with you instead of the moving truck.
  • Arrange to close bank accounts and establish new accounts in your new location. Don’t forget to empty safe deposit boxes and handle any automatic deductions that are taken directly from your accounts each month.
  • Transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new town.
  • Drain the oil and gasoline from your lawnmower and other power tools.
  • Back up all computer files on disk and make arrangements to transport all disk with you. Many moving companies require you to disconnect and disassemble your computer prior to loading.

One Weeks Out


  • Have your car(s) serviced.
  • Transfer insurance on household goods and personal possessions so that they are cover on route to your new location and at your new home.
  • Make sure that you have access to sufficient cash for the trip and for the moving company. Most moving companies will not unload your possessions without cash or a certified check.
  • Handle any loose ends, such as picking up dry cleaning, returning library books or rented videotapes, retrieving items from consignment shops, etc.
  • Two to Three Days Out
  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers. Be sure to block doors so they are not a safety hazard to children or pets.
  • Prepare any boxes that you personally want to pack, and pack any items that you wish to transport yourself. Establish one location of any items you will be taking with you, so that they will not be loaded into the moving truck in error.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Retrieve all spare keys from neighbors, friends and services such as the exterminator or cleaning services.

Moving Day


  • Make sure someone trustworthy is home to supervise the packing (if your movers are packing for you) and loading. Read the bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Keep these and all related papers in a safe place with you as you travel to your new home. If any claims need to be filed, these papers will be crucial.
  • Leave keys with your Realtor. Remember to leave garage door openers and security codes as well, if applicable.

Moving Services


Edina Realty Relocation has contracted with five national movers: Atlas, Bekins, North American, United, and Wheaton that provide discounts for your move locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Quick response time
  • Free estimates from two of our moving vendors
  • Established competitive discounts on Interstate relocation services and storage
  • Vehicle moving
  • Full value protection for interstate moves
  • Guaranteed pick-up and delivery dates
  • Customized packing and crating
  • Post move follow-up