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Moving to or from Chicago, Illinois (or anywhere else), this Moving Planner will help.


1 Week Before Your Move:

Make sure to separate out which items you'll take with you and which items the movers will take. Items you may wish to take with you could be jewelry and important documentation.

Make sure you haven't overlooked anything in the house including minor repairs

Mark the boxes to be shipped with the words, "Fragile", "Do Not Load" and "Load Last" stickers.

Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any odors. You can also leave a container of baking soda in the refrigerator.

Mow your lawn one last time before you move.

Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delays or schedule changes.

Make sure your agent knows the address and phone number of your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you will get to your new home.

Pick up any dry cleaning and laundry.

Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.

Return videos and library books.

Disconnect and clean any appliances.

Gather keys, alarm codes, garage door openers and be prepared to hand over to the new owner or real estate agent.

If your old home will be unoccupied for a period of time after you move, notify the police.

2 Weeks Before Your Move:

Transfer all prescriptions to a drugstore in your new city. Clear all your safety deposits boxes.

Disconnect and disassemble your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files and disks with you in the car or whatever mode of transportation you will be using to get to your new home.

Make final packing decisions. Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attic.

Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped.

Drain your lawn mower, snow blower and power tools of all the oil and gasoline.

Have your automobile serviced if you plan to travel by car.

Cancel newspapers and other regular deliveries

Clean out gym and school lockers

3 Weeks before move

Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations.

You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.

Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.).

If you are moving to a building with an elevator make sure the elevator will be available on your intended day and time of arrival at your destination.

4 to 5 Weeks Before Your Move:

Contact or visit your local Post Office to obtain a Change of Address form. You can also obtain this form online at the postal service website by visiting www.usps.com.

This is a good time to take a look at what you own, and decide what must go and what can be left behind. All items such as old books, magazines, broken items and old toys can be left behind.

Get your kids involved in the moving process. Allow your kids to do some supervised packing let them suggest a layout for their new room. Make it fun and exciting for them to move.

Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for connection and disconnection.

Complete banking arrangements in old and new location and transfer any funds to your new bank if necessary.

Check requirements for new drivers license and auto registration in your destination.

6 to 8 Weeks Before Your Move:

Organization is the key for a smooth move and this is the time to start working on the details of your move.

This is the time to decide what items you wish to transport to your new home and what you may want to dispose of. If you decide to dispose of items that you donít need you should either donate them to a charity or consider having a garage sale. Contact a local charity or pick a date at least two weeks before moving date for the garage sale. Advertise the garage sale locally. Team up with your neighbors who want to sell some of their old belongings and plan a large neighborhood "sale".

Start collecting suitable moving and packing supplies if you plan to do your own packing or partial packing. You can purchase all these materials from any van line agent or a moving supply company.

Think about your new home layout and start thinking about where you'll place the furniture. Create a floor plan of your new home and this will help reduce the stress of making decisions when your furniture arrives at your new home.

Get familiar with your new community. Request information from the local City hall on schools, community programs, parks and recreation facilities.

All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time. Try to keep your plan as flexible as possible to accommodate any schedule changes or delays.

Keep all receipts for moving related expenses in a designated moving folder. Many moving expenses are tax deductible.

Finalize all real estate and rental needs.

Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance.

All medical and dental records should be placed in a safe and accessible place. Be sure to include prescription and vaccination records.

Plan on taking all important documents, such as wills, stock certificates, and other one of a kind items (jewelry, coin collection, photos etc.) with you. Place the items in one easily identifiable and easy to locate folder.

Return all the things you have borrowed.

Notify schools in the old and new location and arrange for the transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in new schools.



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