Moving can be a stressful undertaking. â€œDid I pack all of the dishware?â€� â€œDid I remember to put all the legal documents in the right binder?â€� and â€œHow am I going to fit all of this into the moving truck?â€� may be some of the questions you ask yourself when it comes time to relocate. Here weâ€™ll list all the important steps leading up to your big move so that you can keep everything organized and not have to worry about whether the family dog is riding with Uncle Jack or Aunt Sally and her cats.
Two Months before the Move
- Sort and Purge â€“ Systematically search each room of your home and determine what will be going with you and what can be donated, sold, or tossed out. Make notes for anything that will require insurance or extra care and packing.
- Research â€“ Look into possible options for movers and start getting quotes for pricing. Over the phone inquiries may not be very accurate, so be sure to get an on-site estimate. Ensure the moving vehicle has a USDOT number.
- Create a Moving Binder â€“ Keep all your estimates, receipts, and inventory lists in this binder for easy access.
- Organize School Records â€“ If you or your children are going to school, make arrangements to have them transferred to your new district.
Six Weeks Before
- Order Supplies â€“ Start stocking up on boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and markers. Order special containers for wardrobes or dishes, if needed.
- Use It or Lose It â€“ Any perishable foods or cleaning supplies that wonâ€™t be travelling with you should get used up or properly disposed of.
- Take Measurements â€“ Measure the rooms and doorways at your new residence to ensure your furniture will fit well.
One Month Before
- Choose a Mover â€“ Once you have chosen your moving company, get written confirmation of locations, times, and costs.
- Begin Packing â€“ Start by packing up items you donâ€™t use often, such as lawn games, seasonal items, and infrequently used appliances. Continue to note anything that will require special attention. Make note on your inventory list any items worth more than $100 per pound like computers, televisions, and gaming consoles.
- Label â€“ Label and number each box, listing contents and room destination. Make note of boxes containing items youâ€™ll need immediately after the move, like the coffee maker, neck massager, and foot spa.
- Separate Valuables â€“ Any boxes containing highly valuable items like jewelry should be in a box that you will personally transport. Keep your moving binder in this box too for easy access.
- Change Your Address â€“ Fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office or online at www.usps.gov. In the event of possible stray parcels, ask a neighbor to check your mailbox for you every couple weeks for a month or two.
- Notify Important Parties â€“ Banks, brokerage firms, your employerâ€™s human resources department, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, credit card, insurance, and utility companies should all be notified of your move.
- Forward Medical Records â€“ Obtain copies of all medical records or arrange to have them forwarded to your new providers. Ask for referrals if necessary.
Two Weeks Before
- Two Weeks Notice - Put in your notice of your leaving you place of employment, or if youâ€™re not going to change jobs, arrange to have the day off from work to supervise the move.
- Tune Up â€“ Have your car inspected by a mechanic and get suggestions for maintenance if you plan on moving to a different climate.
- Clean Out Your Safe-Deposit Box â€“ If you are changing banks, take all of the items in your safe-deposit box and put them into the box you will personally be transporting your valuables in.
- Contact the Moving Company â€“ Double check all of the arrangements you have made.
One Week Before
- Refill Prescriptions â€“ Stock up on any prescriptions you will need for the next few weeks.
- Pack Your Suitcases â€“ Try to have everything packed a few days before the actual move. Pack a suitcase for each family member so they have enough clothes to last the entirety of the move.
Three Days Before
- Defrost the Freezer â€“ If you plan to take your refrigerator, empty it, clean it, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving.
- Double Check the Details â€“ Reconfirm arrival times, destinations, and stops with your moving company to ensure everything happens when it should. Include contact details like cell phone numbers and also give written or printed directions to the drivers.
- Plan for Payment â€“ If the payment for moving hasnâ€™t already been taken care of, get a money order, check, or cash to cover the moving cost. Set aside an extra 10-15% for a tip. Tipping each individual mover on especially difficult moves and providing refreshments are always appreciated.
- Verify â€“ Ensure that the vehicle that shows up to move your belongings is for the company you hired and that their USDOT number matches your documentation.
- Take Inventory â€“ Before the movers leave, sign the bill of inventory/lading and keep a copy for your records.
After the Move
- Unpack and Relax â€“ Start unpacking essential items and give yourself a good neck massage if needed. Sort boxes by room for easier unpacking.
- Enjoy your new Home!
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