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In order to ensure you have a successful and stress-free move, you will want to begin preparing for your move in different stages. Cousins USA Moving & Storage suggests the following move calendar:


  • If you are being moved by your employer, verify what your company covers
  • Establish preliminary dates for your move
  • Make plans to sell your current home
  • Contact a Cousins USA move coordinator to help plan your move
  • Arrange to buy a new home at your new destination. If you are renting, seek out an apartment guide

  • Begin sorting out items you do not plan to move. Consider selling them or donating them to charity
  • Contact the IRS or your accountant for information about any potential tax-deductible moving expenses

  • Finalize your new living arrangements, homeowners/renters insurance and finances regarding your new residence
  • Assess job opportunities at your new destination for your spouse or children
  • If your current bank does not have a branch in your new area, you’ll need to establish new accounts.
  • Draft a floor plan of your new home and obtain room measurements
  • Contact the utility company that services your new residence to transfer services into your name

  • Finalize pickup and delivery dates with Cousins USA Moving & Storage. If you need storage, contact Cousins USA now to make arrangements
  • Take a look at Cousins USA Packing Tips, if you are planning on packing yourself
  • Sort through belongings that you will not be bringing with you, items you are taking with you on the trip and everything else that goes with Cousins USA
  • If you have high-value that you are shipping, obtain an appraisal and receipts

  • Visit www.usps.com to notify the postal service of your new address and do the same for friends, relatives and periodicals you are subscribed to
  • Make plans for utilities, repairs and installations in your new home, if necessary
  • Obtain forms for transferring driver’s license(s) and applying for credit
  • Ask your current doctor and dentist offices for referrals to a new physician and dentist and to obtain dental and medical records to take with you

  • If you are packing yourself, begin now
  • Make travel arrangements, such as interim hotel reservations and car rental

  • Return anything you have borrowed from friends or neighbors
  • Relax! Take the time to say goodbye to some of the places you and your family loved. Have a “going away” party for the kids.
  • Take care of financial matters such as: bills, stocks and investments
  • Take pet(s) to veterinarian for proper care and get a copy of their records for your new veterinarian
  • Transfer all bank accounts
  • Drain oil and gasoline from power equipment.
  • Have your car serviced before the trip

  • Transfer your prescriptions
  • Arrange for delivery services to be discontinued, such as newspapers, etc.
  • Start gathering those items that you are taking with you on your trip
  • Pack luggage
  • Defrost and dry refrigerator and freezer
  • Obtain cash or travelers checks for trip expenses

Cousins USA offers some suggestions of what you may with you during the trip:

  • Suitcases
  • Important moving paperwork
  • Credit cards, cash
  • House and car keys
  • Irreplaceable items, valuables
  • Kids’ toys
  • Pre-moistened towels
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Pet food and accessories
  • Blankets and pillows
  • First-aid kit
  • Road maps
  • Photo I.D.
  • Car registration and insurance


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Did you know...?

When Is the Best Time of Year to Move?

There isn’t a true answer to this. There are distinct seasons, but you have to decide which is best for you.

The first is summer. This is the busiest season. But there’s a reason it's so busy. For families with kids, this is when school is out and you have more time. For everyone else, this is when the weather is at its best. There also aren’t any major holidays to work around.

While summer is a great time to move, it's difficult. You’ll have to schedule your move in advance and the price could be higher. Planning for a winter move means a simpler moving process.

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