One Month Before Moving

Boston Corporate Relocation Moving Guide

Pick up a Change-of-Address Kit from the Post Office. Most Post Offices require at least 3 weeks for the address change to process.
Make a list of people you are going to inform of your new address:

  • Friends and family
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies - either plan to cancel or transfer services
  • Credit card companies
  • Magazines and newspapers - cancel local newspaper delivery
  • Doctors, dentists and other providers – be sure to transfer drug prescriptions
  • Past employer - for W2 forms

Start to think about what you don't want to take with you:

  • Use up perishable foods
  • Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items

Prepare a list of what you do and do not want to move:

  • Large appliances
  • Outside furniture

For full service moves:

  • Get written estimates from several moving companies and compare them. Discuss in detail any and all fees and what their damage and payment policies are.
  • Will the movers pack for you and what are the pros/cons?
  • What items won't they move?
  • Get appraisals of high-value items in case of future claims. Include photos of valuables for your records.
  • Be sure to arrange for exact form of payment at destination with your mover.

For do-it-yourself moves, make arrangements for truck rental and moving help, and buy packing supplies:

  • Boxes
  • Packing and masking tape
  • Markers
  • Newspapers
  • Twine

Start packing items you don't use on a daily or weekly basis:

  • Seasonal Items
  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Home Office Items
  • Miscellaneous Items- candles, tapes & CDs, knickknacks, etc.

Stop by and make arrangements for picking up your important records:

  • Birth
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Legal
  • Optician, optometrist
  • School - make sure you get one with a raised seal
  • Veterinarian

One Week Before Moving

Depending on which town in Boston you are relocating to, call the local city hall and arrange for the police to post a Moving Truck Only Permit in front of your new home. Remember that most of the city is Permit Parking only, and without this posting, you and/ or the movers could get a Parking Ticket.

  • Start a new bank account in your new town.
  • Contact your child's new school and notify them of your upcoming move to their area.
  • Get your automobile(s), snowmobiles, lawnmowers, etc. serviced.
  • Dispose or drain any flammable items: Lawn mower gas, snow blower gas, paint, aerosol cans

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