Feeling overwhelmed because of the move? www.thefranklinteaminc.com has what you need to get things under control. Simply use the menu below to get helpful packing tips and checklists. 



  • Study company relocation policy to see what expenses are covered and which vendors are approved
  • Check which moving expenses will be tax deductible
  • Find out about schools in your new city
  • Obtain information about your new city
  • Find a REALTOR to market your home
  • Estimate moving van costs
  • Find a REALTOR in your new city


  • Estimate the amount you can spend on a house
  • Check out the different resources available for your mortgage
  • If you will need child care in your new location, start looking into this now
  • Choose the van line for your move
  • Update your address book of friends and relatives
  • Make a list of people you need to notify
  • Begin sorting out those items you do not plan to move
  • Plan a date for a garage sale
  • Choose a new house
  • Look into auto insurance in your new city
  • Arrange house financing and set tentative closing dates
  • Check school schedules and enrollment requirements
  • Obtain information from area religious institutions
  • Check how to obtain new driver's licenses, license plates
  • Contact an agent for new home and auto insurance
  • Select a new bank, establish accounts and safe deposit box
  • Plan how you will arrange furniture in your new residence and make a list of things you will need to buy
  • Obtain names, phone numbers and requirements (such as deposits) for utility companies
  • Arrange for transfer of school records
  • Schedule pickup and delivery dates with your mover and arrange storage, if needed
  • Sort belongings into those you will dispose of, take with you and ship with mover
  • For high value items you will be shipping, obtain an appraisal and gather receipts
  • Make your travel arrangements


  • Hold your garage sale, give items to charity
  • Verify your schedules with real estate agents, landlords and arrange interim housing if needed
  • Reconfirm with your mover dates for packing, pickup and delivery
  • Send out change of address cards to post office, friends, relatives, magazines
  • Gather personal records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, schools, religious institutions
  • Notify current utilities-gas, phone, electric, water, cable TV-of disconnect dates and forwarding address
  • Contact new utilities to tell them when to commence service
  • Notify your credit card companies of change of address
  • Apply for new bank cards and local store charge accounts
  • Plan where to spend your last night in current city
  • Transfer bank accounts and safe deposit box
  • Notify your stock broker or investment counselor
  • Obtain veterinary records and licenses, get new tags if needed and arrange for pets' transportation
  • Drain oil and gas from your power equipment
  • Cancel deliveries and services, such as newspapers, diaper service and trash collection as of moving day
  • Arrange for someone to help watch children and pets on moving day
  • Order newspaper subscription for your new address
  • Defrost freezer. Get rid of perishable food you won't eat before moving
  • Give your plants a loving home
  • If you are driving, have your car serviced
  • Pack your luggage and anything you are taking with you
  • Use only those household items you absolutely need-everything else should be ready to go
  • Obtain traveler's checks for trip expenses and payment to movers
  • Before movers leave, check through the house including the attic to make sure nothing was missed


  • Prepare for the movers by taking doors off hinges and making sure paths are clear
  • Be on hand to take delivery
  • Check each item off your inventory
  • Inspect your yard for any holes in the fence, etc. before letting the pets out
  • Test security and smoke alarms
  • Get local emergency numbers and post them
  • Recycle or store moving boxes
  • Get a professional to set up appliances like a gas dryer, range or refrigerator
  • Change locks on all doors
  • Set up cable or satellite service
  • Find the right cellular phone service
  • Get a local map and learn your way around
  • Send in claims for damages during the move
  • Submit moving expenses to your employer
  • Compile receipts of the move for tax purposes
  • Hang artwork
  • Go to the DMV for new plates and registration of your vehicles
  • Get a new propane tank for the grill and fuel for the gas powered tools
  • Check your home warranty coverage
  • Establish a file for all warranties
  • Keep a binder of all Real Estate documents
  • Enroll children in school
  • Buy new plants and flowers
  • Find a new veterinarian, doctor and dentist
  • Take road trips and learn about your state



  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic or Styrofoam cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Can opener
  • Snacks
  • Telephone
  • Small phone book for new town
  • Local map
  • Important contact names and numbers
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extension cord
  • Towels


  • Hanging nails
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Box cutter
  • Pen or marker


  • Toys
  • Diaper supplies
  • Formula or snacks
  • Extra blankets
  • Change of clothes


  • Broom
  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Trash bags


  • Carrier
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Treats and food
  • Food and water dishes
  • Litter box and litter
  • Pooper scooper


Provided by Ryder Moving Systems

Your move is now two-thirds of the way done! The last part is unpacking and getting settled into your new home.

This can be the phase that takes the longest, but can also be the most fun. Unpacking gives you a chance to get the house organized - you know, the way you'd like to keep it all year, but it never works out that way.

When you start wading through the sea of boxes, there should be a method to your madness. The following are a few simple steps to make the unpacking process easier. And remember, you don't have to unpack everything right away!


Begin with the kitchen so that you can have a snack to fuel your fire. Items that you won't be needing right away can be set aside to unpack at a later time when you can better gage the right setup. This is also a good time to line your cabinets and drawers. The bathroom should be next. Get your toiletries out and make sure the toilet, faucets, etc. are operational. A few things you should definitely have are a shower curtain, toilet paper and soap. If the bedrooms aren't set up the first night, don't sweat it. Have a family camp out instead! It is helpful to have major pieces of furniture placed before unpacking. Then putting things away will be a cinch! The person who's room it will be should make the area feel comfortable and personal to them. Setting up an organized closet is another great thing to do when moving in. The living room should be a combined effort of everyone in the household. There will be a lot of items to be placed and electronics to hook up. This is a good time to consider the practicality in wirings. For example, the entertainment center will have to be in close proximity with the cable outlet. Having an organized garage is a daunting task for most. But if you start by setting up shelves and hooks for placement of tools, yard supplies, etc., you might curb the tendency for making piles. After all, we are hunter gatherers! Additional tips: If you're setting up a computer or stereo equipment, you may want to consider purchasing a surge protector for the safety of these items and yourself.
Collapse boxes for storage or recycling.


Take inventory of everything you have to make sure nothing has been lost. If you have any broken or damaged items, make sure to keep them as evidence. You must file all insurance claims within a certain amount of days after the move, depending on your particular company's regulations.
Start a log of home repairs and maintenance that need to be done.
Use our shopping list to make sure you have everything you need when moving in.


When getting ready to shift furniture around in the living room and bedrooms, it's a good idea to make a sketch of the room with squares representing where you would like certain items placed. Erasing an armoire, rather than lifting it, could save you a trip to the chiropractor!
Placing furniture so the room feels open and functional is an integral part in getting settled into your new home. Your house probably won't look like what you'd envisioned for a few more months, but taking those few important steps now will help prepare you in the plans to come.


Consider painting rooms a different color, or stenciling around an archway. Brighten up a room with self-adhesive wallpaper borders. Refinish old cabinets or add new knobs. Hang pictures properly by measuring right the first time. Add potted plants for extra color or to fill empty corners.

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