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Count off to smooth moving

Planning a move? Here’s a countdown from MSN House & Home, houseandhome.msn.com.

Eight weeks before moving:

Create a “move file” to keep important documents and receipts.

Budget for moving expenses, and check with the IRS to see what expenses are tax-deductible. Research the new community.

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Seven weeks before moving:

Transfer medical, dental and school records to the new community.

Ask home insurance agent how policy will change.

End, sell or transfer memberships to associations such as health clubs.

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Six weeks before moving:

Designate valuable items that should be shipped or carried with you.

Make a list of people who should be notified of the move.

Decide what to keep and what to give away.

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Five weeks before moving:

Gather packing supplies.

Schedule a date to get a moving truck and plan ahead for parking. Contact the property manager or local authorities to ensure that you’re complying with parking laws.

Four weeks before moving:

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Reserve a moving truck, ramp and any other needed loading equipment.

File a change of address with the post office.

Cancel services with local utility companies and set up services at new residence.

Cancel or reroute newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

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Three weeks before moving:

Return all borrowed items and pick up items that have been out for repair.

Pack rarely used items. Sell or donate items you do not want to keep.

Service cars.

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Two weeks before moving:

Transfer or close bank accounts.

Confirm travel arrangements and parking for the moving truck at your destination.

One week before moving:

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Finish packing.

Designate an “essentials” box and “last load” items.

Empty gas from all motors, grills and heaters.

Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator.

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