• Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of.
  • Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage
  • Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away.
  • Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home.
  • Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at usps.gov. But in case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with him or her two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.
  • Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies
  • Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers or obtain copies.
  • Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.