Moving is an exciting and stressful process. There’s more to the process than merely throwing your stuff in boxes and heading into the sunset.
Organizing is your friend during the planning process. So, a checklist is an essential element.
Here’s a relocating checklist to make moving a breeze.
Eight Weeks Before the Move
- Create a “Move” file folder on Google Drive. This will be the home of all of your moving details like quotes, receipts, and records.
- Clean out! Go through every room, drawer, nook, and cranny in your house and decide what you’re keeping and what you’re donating. Moving will be more efficient with your belongings consolidated.
- Reach out to moving companies to get your quotes compiled. Determine which moving company is the best fit for your needs.
Four Weeks Before the Move
- Notify your children’s schools of the move and contact new schools for enrollment information. Collect copies of school records, or arrange to have them sent to their new schools.
- Contact your insurance agents to make the necessary adjustments to your policies.
- Get in touch with your doctor’s office and obtain copies of medical records for every family member. Check with your current physician to see if they can make any recommendation for doctors in your new area.
- Gather all appropriate vital documents and put them in a moving box labeled “important documents” that will stay with you during the move. This includes all legal and financial records, as well as passports, birth certificates, and Social Security cards.
- Begin packing. Start with items you use rarely or seasonally, like pool toys or holiday decorations. Save the everyday objects for the week leading up to the move. Make sure that every single box is labeled appropriately with what’s inside plus the destination room at your new home.
- Make arrangements for your housepets on moving day. They’re going to be stressed out and underfoot during the move, so it’s best to arrange a pet sitter or a kennel stay beforehand, so they’re safe and relaxed.
Two Weeks Before
- Contact your moving company to make any final arrangements and confirm plans for moving day.
- Check-in with your insurance company to make sure your valuables are covered.
- Make arrangements with your utility company to start service in your new place.
- Complete post office change-of-address forms online, and notify creditors, credit card companies, banks, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, professional associations and organizations, and any other necessary companies.
- Notify government offices of your move, including the IRS, the city or county tax assessor, state vehicle registration, and Veterans Administration, if applicable.
- Confirm any travel arrangements (if it takes more than one day to get to your new home) and arrange to take time off for moving.
Finished Your Relocating CheckList?
Have you completed your relocating checklist? Or, are you still getting started?
Either way, a great moving company is key to a calm, straightforward move. That’s where we come in.
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