Moving List – a check list

Some times moving can be a very stressful situation whether you are buying or selling your home.  Here are some tips to help with that stress and make that move go smooth.

8 weeks Before

  • Remove unnecessary items form the attic,basement, storage shed, etc.
  • Use things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies
  • Secure a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Start a possession inventory.
  • Solicit estimates from at least three moving companies
  • Call your homeowners agent to find out to what degree your home is covered.
  • Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records.

6 Weeks Before

  • Contact the IRS and/or your CPA for tax-deductible information.
  • Evaluate your possession’s inventory. Can you donate anything? Do you need it all?
  • Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc
  • Begin the off-site storage process
  • Locate high-quality healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
  • Complete a change of address via post office cards or an online service for the following: banks, charge cards, religious organizations, doctors/dentist, relatives and friends, income tax bureau/social security admin./union, insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/Stockbroker, magazines, post office, schools,
  • clean your closets.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities
  • Choose a mover.
  • Contact your mover to make arrangements and inquire about insurance coverage.
  • If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any they will cover.

4 Weeks Before:

  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair/cleaning as needed
  • gather auto licensing and registration documents;medical,dental and school records; birth certificates; wills, deeds, stock, and other financial documentation, etc. 
  • Contact gas, electric, oil water, telephone, cable TV, and trash collection companies for service disconnection/connection at you old and new addresses.  also, ask for final readings.
  • request refunds on unused homeowners insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable service.
  • notify your gardener, snow removal service, and pool service (if you have these)
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowners, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home

3 Weeks Before

  • Make your travel plans.
  • Arrange to close current back accounts and open accounts in new locale (if necessary)
  • Notify your state’s DMV of your new address.
  • Arrange for childcare on moving day.

2 Weeks Before

  • Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
  • Service your car for the trip. (if traveling out of town)
  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

Some tips to remember when you are moving and unloading your belongings.  this will work if you are doing your own move or having a professional move you.

  1. Have plenty of water on hand.
  2. Keep the music on to keep the move going fast.
  3. Have plenty of cold beverages for the kids and for the adults (if you know what I mean)
  4. Have plenty of extra work towels for clean ups or wet weather.
  5. Have a few drop cloths around to cover up that family dresser or table.
  6. Cover the wood floors coming and going for protection
  7. Cover the carpet areas you plan on walking on.
  8. If in the summer turn the AC off but keep the fan on since the doors will be open.  If the doors are open and the AC on it will burn up the compressor and the house will NEVER get cool. – then you go back to item 3 with cold adult beverages.
  9. let everyone know you are moving so they can bring you food, beverages and house-warming gifts. 
  10. Remember what you didn’t do today you can do tomorrow. 

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