Published on Wednesday, 06 July 2011 10:57
It doesn’t matter if you are moving across the country or across the city it can be a stressful experience. Not only do you find all those things that you didn’t realize that you had, but there are also so many different details that you have to remember. Don't worry we have put together an awesome list of things that you need to remember so that you don't have to!
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As soon as possible:
- Find a moving company or truck rental place and book your move or start lining up friends with trucks if you plan to do it all yourself.
- Create a moving file to keep track of moving expenses and important information.
- Start researching your new community.
- Budget for moving expenses.
8 weeks before your move
- Have a yard sale. Sell off anything you don’t want or sell it on our free classifieds by clicking on the menu item above.
- If you have children plan any school transfers that need to take place.
- Begin stocking up on boxes, newspaper, bubble wrap, packing tape, etc for your move.
7 weeks before your move
- Make a list of any items that will need extra attention when moving and create a plan as to how you will move them.
- Speak with an insurance agent about the new home and any changes in policies.
- Sell or transfer any memberships, such as a gym, that you will no longer be able to use.
6 weeks before your move
- If you have children begin talking about your move. Get them involved in the moving process as it will help them cope with the move, especially if it is a long distance relocation.
5 weeks before your move
- If your move is going to include any airlines, hotels, or rentals book those now to take advantage of early bird pricing and to ensure you receive the times you want.
- If you need to store any items begin finding storage companies where you can temporarily store some items.
4 weeks before your move
- Begin your packing with items that you do not use regularly such as memorabilia, pictures, etc.
- Make sure to pack your boxes into where they will go in the new home and clearly mark contents and new room location to make unpacking easier.
- Fill out a change of address form at your post office
- Inform your bank, utility company, credit card company, doctors office, legal offices and any subscriptions about your move. Some may have online forms to change your address.
- Start using up frozen foods and pantry items to reduce the amount of food you have to transport.
3 weeks before your move
- If you wish, have a follow up yard sale. Now that you are almost ready to go you are bound to find more items that you want. You can also continue to list them in the classifieds for free.
- Make sure to return any library books and pick up any items that are out for repair or cleaning.
- Start preparing your pets to be moved or boarded.
- Prepare any plants that you want to move or give them away to friends.
- Dispose of flammable items such as unneeded paint and cleaning fluids.
2 weeks before your move
- Confirm with your moving company that you are booked to move on your date and the time to arrive.
- Confirm parking for the moving day.
- Cancel any papers or other delivery services.
- If you have gas appliances schedule a service tech to disconnect them and prepare them for transport.
- Arrange for any cleaning services that need to happen such as painting, carpet cleaning, etc.
- Draw up a flood plan of your new home and plan where furniture will go. This will make working with the movers that much easier, even if you decide to change it later.
1 week before your move
- Most of your packing should be done this week. Finish packing your essentials ensuring you have your basic essentials packed with you in case there are delays.
- Pack separately any items that you want to transport in your vehicle to the new home, such as jewelry, passports, etc.
- Prepare a map to the new home along with any contact numbers, including your cell phone, for the movers, even if they are your friends.
- Drain garden hoses, lawn mowers, and other equipment.
- Defrost freezers and fridge’s.
- Take down any drapery’s that you will be taking with you.
- Have your vehicle serviced so that it is ready for the trip.
- Fill any prescriptions that you may need.
On moving day
- Have a loading order that will allow items such as your vacuum to be unloaded first so that it will be available.
- Identify fragile or breakable items.
- Be present when the trucks are being loaded and unloaded.
- Check your belongings after they are unloaded to ensure they are undamaged and prepare a list of any damaged items.
- Write down utility reading at the old and new home.
- Leave a note in your old home with your new address and contact number for any stray mail or inquiry’s.
- Make sure all the doors and windows are locked.
After your move
- Get your driver's license and health card updated with your new address
- Contact the local paper for a new subscription
- Meet your neighbors (write down their names)
- Get recommendations for babysitters, nanny agencies, etc.
- Put valuables into a safety deposit box in the new bank
- Arrange for new school to receive records
- Contact new dentists and doctors to arrange for record delivery
- Have pets licensed
- Arrange for new registration of cars (bicycles, also, if required)
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