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Moving Guide

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...?

What should I do with my jewelry and other valuable items?

Any valuable items and important documents should be packed and moved by you. These items include:

  • Important Documents (Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, Passports, Mortgage Papers, etc.)
  • Laptops and Portable Electronics
  • Medications
  • Jewelry
  • Money
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