Jul 29, 2011

Handy Moving Checklist

When my sign is in your yard, it's time to call the movers! By preplanning your move and using a checklist, you will find that the numerous tasks involved go smoother. Here are some helpful suggestions.

One of the first things you need to do is decide on a mover. Always obtain a written cost estimate for each moving company you consider. Fees for local moves are usually determined on an hourly basis. After selecting a mover, arrange a moving date and use the follow check list to plan your schedule.

One Month before your move
  • Start to clean out things you won't bring. Lighten the load. Plan a yard sale. It's not free to ship, so if you don't need it, get rid of it!
  • Decide if you want to pack yourself or have professions pack for you.
  • Insurance. While shopping for a mover, check out insurance and call your homeowner's insurance agent to see if you are already covered. Check to ensure you'll be covered during the move.
  • Start talking to young children the impending move. Preparing young children in advance gives the child plenty of time to prepare for the move.
  • Start Packing. Buy boxes, packing supplies (markers, etc.) and tape. Pack rarely used china or off-season clothes (if they still fit). When packing, keep in mind that it's most important to fill boxes to capacity. Under-filled boxes can get crushed and over-filled boxes may fall apart. Pick the right size box for the job--boxes should be between 25-35 lbs each.
  • Save all your bills. Remember to save your last bills--they have crucial information like account numbers and customer service telephone numbers that will help you change your utilities, credit cards, magazine subscriptions, etc.
  • Change magazine subscriptions to new address – sooner rather than later.
  • Get a copy of medical, dental and prescription records. If necessary, transfer them to a new physician in your new location.
  • Submit your change of address forms to post office.
  • Obtain documents for school transfers, if you have children.
  • Give your new address to friends and family.
  • Fill out an IRS change of address form.
  • Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings.
  • Make arrangements for transporting pets.
  • Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
One to Two Weeks before your move
  • Cancel your local newspaper or change the address.
  • Notify all financial accounts. Banks, credit cards, brokerages (401k, personal stocks/mutual funds, other investments) all need to know your new address. Make a list and call/write them.
  • Return rented movies, books to library, borrowed items, etc.
  • Dispose of things that won't be moved (including flammable materials).
  • Begin packing and labeling boxes in earnest.
  • Switch utility services to new address -electric, gas, water, telephone and cable companies.
  • Arrange for help on moving day.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
  • Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
  • Dismantle outdoor play equipment.
  • Review moving plans with your moving company, confirm date/time.
  • Develop a floor plan to show movers where you want your belongings placed.
  • Organize and pack an "essentials" box for arrival (toiletries, paper plates, small tool kit, etc.).
One to Two Days before your move
  • Disconnect major appliances. Refrigerator, washer and dryer, etc. should all be disconnected, defrosted, and dried out. Place deodorizer or charcoal inside to control odors.
  • Finish packing!
  • Carry valuables with you or in a personal suitcase. Passport, jewelry, cash, house deeds and other important documents should be set aside and stored in a safe place.
  • Leave your address in a conspicuous place for new occupants to forward anything to you.
  • For each member of your household, pack a couple of nights' worth of survival items (clothes, bedding, toilet paper). It could take you some time to UNPACK on the other end!
Moving Day
  • Relax! Since you've prepared so well, just let the movers load your well-packed boxes onto the truck!
  • Strip beds of linens.
  • Remember to eat.
  • Start early.
  • Check every room and storage area. Check back of drawers.
  • Turn off all lights and lock the doors.
  • Give the keys to the new owner or real estate agent.
  • There will be many more items to add to your personal list. Can you have your new phone ready to use when you arrive at your new home?
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
After Arriving At Your New Home
  • Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
  • Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
  • Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
  • Locate the hospitals, police station, veterinarian and fire station nearest your new home. [where: 75230]


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