You can greatly reduce the stress of moving with a home moving checklist. Yes, moving is considered one of life’s most stressful experiences, right up there with the death of family members or friends, marriage and divorce. However, a pre-move checklist can help you to move into your new home in an easy and organized manner.
- 8 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
Start to plan a garage sale to get rid of your unwanted possessions. Moving to a new home can be great motivation for turning your trash into cash. Whether you call it a garage sale, yard sale, or moving sale, the idea is to finally clean out the garage, basement, closet or attic so you don’t have to move it to your new home.
If you’re moving into a smaller home, a sale of some sort may be a necessity. If you have a lot to dispose of, you might even want to consider an auction or estate sale. Definitely consider donating items to charities to help lighten your load, which can also be written off as a tax deduction.
- 7 Weeks Prior to the Moving Date
Begin to transfer your school and healthcare records. Notify your children’s schools that you are planning to move and request that your current school district transfer your child’s records to the new school. Ask your family physician and veterinarians for referrals in your new town, and remember to request that your doctors transfer your medical records to your new health care providers. If you are taking medication, remember to have all of your prescriptions transferred too. This is a good time to begin collecting your pet vaccination and health care records, and locate new veterinarians.
- 6 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
Notify home service providers of your upcoming moving date, and start to set up utility services in your new home. It’s time to contact all of your current utility providers to cancel services, including:
- Home Security Services
- House Cleaning Services
- Lawn Maintenance
- Cable or Satellite TV Services
- Utilities (Water, Electricity, Phone, Etc.)
In addition, remember to create a list of all your credit card companies, insurance providers, and other creditors. Notify each company of your moving date and your new address.
- 5 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
Decide who will pack boxes and, if self-packing, locate packing supplies. Your professional moving company will have a wide variety of packing supplies and can offer valuable packing advice. Your mover can also provide full packing services.
Although full service moving companies will charge more, having your mover pack all of the boxes can save you time, trouble, and provides some assurance that they will be responsible for any damage that might occur to the contents.
- 4 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
It’s time to start packing! On move-in day, you’ll need to instruct the delivery crew where to place each box and piece of furniture, so you should label all boxes with the room in which they belong. Label your boxes on two sides in case boxes are stacked one on top of another. Some may think that it’s wise to label each box with a brief description of its contents on the side, but, while this might be convenient for you when unpacking your goods, it can encourage theft.
Don’t use boxes that are too large, as they will be heavy and are likely to burst open. Make certain all boxes are packed full and tight. Half-full boxes may be crushed when stacked, which could damage the contents of the box. It’s wise to pre-pack seasonal items and toys that you and your family won’t be using until after your move. If you are moving in the summer, pre-pack winter items; otherwise, pre-pack any items, like bathing suits that you don’t plan on wearing until the summer.
- 3 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
Contact moving companies to get a free moving quote on their moving services, and begin to select the home movers that offer you the best combination of pricing and services.
Get your finances, documents, and valuables in order, and remember to save all the receipts related to your relocation. Consider a compact, fireproof lockbox to keep with you while traveling. Keep important papers (such as birth certificates, insurance papers, stock certificates, deeds, or wills), jewelry, and other valuables inside. Don’t leave your valuables inside your car while staying in hotels; always keep these items in your possession when traveling.
In addition, now is a good time to consult your tax professional for moving related deductibles. Remember to save all of your receipts during your move, including bills for professional house movers, hotels, meals, gas and other moving-related expenses.
- 2 Weeks Prior to Moving Date
Start to inform people of your new address and telephone number. Send your new address and phone number to family and friends. Or, if you’re planning a farewell party, now is the time to send the invites. Forward your mailing address with the United States Postal Service.
- 1 Week Prior to Moving Date
Prepare your computer and electronics for the move. If possible, pack your computer and electronic components in their original boxes. Otherwise, pack these items in secure containers and notify your movers of their contents. Be sure to back-up important data files, or your entire hard drive if necessary. Store back-ups with your other valuables.
Begin packing valuables, though jewelry, watches, and other expensive items should be taken with you if possible, not shipped with the rest of your belongings. Never leave valuable items unattended in your car.
Once you have completed all the steps in your home moving checklist, you can relax. You are prepared for moving day and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time!