So much to do, so little time (or so it seems). Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, you should familiarize yourself with what’s involved in moving and begin organizing 2-3 months in advance.
By pacing yourself, the move won’t seem nearly as overwhelming. You could also involve the entire family by spreading certain responsibilities to each person, even the children. The following checklist should help you with this process.
Few Days Ahead
- Packing Readiness –Movers come to pack- Huge load off your back, and you can really relax
- If you are packing yourself- the more organized and prepared, the smoother your move.
- Complete your packing, labeling, and box count
- Pack luggage with several days’ worth of clothing
- Prepare a survival kit for the first day you arrive. Items needed might be an emergency medical kit, towels, bedding, soap, toilet paper, cereal, milk, coffee pot, filters, coffee, cooking utensils, light bulbs, hammer, screwdriver, etc.
On Your Move Day
- Re-check moving list
- Re-check your packing, labeling, and box count
- Carry currency, jewelry, and documents yourself – you can also use registered mail
- Plan for transporting pets: they are poor traveling companions if they’re unhappy
- Carry traveler’s checks for quick available funds for emergencies
- Supervise movers- Make sure they have your contact numbers and proper instructions. A color coded rough drawing of the floor plan in your new house is also helpful. This can tell the movers which rooms to place boxes, where furniture is to be located in each room.
- Have a Sharpie Marker and Baggies in hand, so when your furniture is disassembled, you can label the baggie and place the hardware inside. Place the labeled baggies in your car or in a box that both you and the driver have clearly labeled. This will expedite the re-assembly of your furniture
- Double check old closets, drawers, shelves, and the attic to ensure they are empty
- Check to make sure nothing is left behind
- Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel, including overnight stops; use him/her as a message headquarters
- Leave all old keys needed by new tenant/owner with your Realtor
Don’t Forget To
- Plan special care needs for infants, children, pets, and potted plants
- Empty freezers – Plan the use of your foods
- Defrost freezer/refrigerator – Place charcoal to dispel odors
- Have appliances serviced for moving
- Remember arrangements for TVs, Antennas, and cable/satellite services
- Clean rugs or clothing before moving: have rugs wrapped before moving
- Remove curtain rods, drapery rods, and towel racks
Send Change of Address to:
- Post Office: Give forwarding address
- Charge accounts and Credit Cards
- Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks notice
- Friends and relatives
- Transfer Bank funds: Arrange check cashing in new city
- New Location Insurance Coverage: Life, Health, Fire, Auto, House, or Rental insurance
- Automobile: transfer car title registration, driver’s license, city windshield sticker, and motor club membership
- Utility Companies: gas, water, telephone, electricity, cable/ satellite, and Internet.
- Arrange for refunds of any deposits and service in new town
- Home Delivery: Landry, newspaper, change over services
- School Records: ask for copies or transfer children’s school records, make sure to have a copy of their birth certificates, and medical records- take this with you
- Health: medical, dental, prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals
- Transfer needed prescriptions, X-rays, etc.
- Church clubs, Civic Organizations, transfer memberships and get letters of introduction
- Pets: Ask about regulations of pet licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.