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You Will Need
- Vital records
- Change of address form
- Rented truck
- Hired mover
Decide if you'll move yourself
Decide if you'll do a hybrid move, move yourself, or hire a mover. In a hybrid move, a mover does only part of the move, such as packing or loading.
Prepare for the move
Prepare for the move by going through each room in your home and selling or donating items you don't use. Gather medical, dental, legal, school, and pet records.
Get a change of address form
Get a change of address form at the post office, or change your address online at the U.S. Postal Service website. This forwards your mail.
Rent a truck and move yourself
If you do the move on your own, rent the right truck size for the load. For example, the contents of a 2-bedroom apartment can fit into a 15-foot truck.
Hire movers to pack and load
Hire movers to pack and load the rented truck for your trip and hire movers to unload at your destination. This is a type of hybrid move.
Load and unload the van yourself
Load and unload the mover's van yourself. You'll only pay for driving costs.
Consider a full-service mover
Consider a full-service mover, but check the mover's license at ProtectYourMove.gov. Check for complaints at the Better Business Bureau. Never pay a mover all or part of the fee until the job is done.