To make sure your move runs smoothly, here is a timeline and a few moving tips.
6 Weeks Before Move
- If you are moving to another area or state remember that I am a great resource to introduce you to someone in your area.
- If you’re planning a garage sale, set a date.
- If you have children, arranged to transfer school records.
- Notify insurance companies of the move.
- Start a “Move File” for all receipts, papers and estimates related to your move.
4 Weeks Before Move
- Choose a van line/rental truck company you will use and give them tentative pick-up/delivery dates.
- If you are moving to a new city, be sure and ask your attorney, doctor and other providers for referrals and necessary records.
- If you have pets, schedule a check up and be sure to get a copy of their records from the veterinarian.
- Confirm timelines with me and/or your landlords
2 Weeks Before Move
- Schedule disconnect dates with your local utility companies and cable company.
- Notify new utility companies and cable company of connect dates in the new home.
- If you have a lawnmower or any other power equipment, drain them of oil and gasoline. (moving companies will not move them when they are full)
- Cancel newspaper delivery and trash pickup effective on your move date.
- Confirm that the carpet, floors and drawers will be clean before moving into your new home.
1 Week Before Move
- Clean out refrigerator and defrost freezer.
- have your car serviced if you will be driving a long distance.
- Confirm connect dates for utilities in your new home.
- Be sure to have the Post Office forward all mail to your new address.
- Transfer or close your banking accounts.
- Be sure to et all items from your safe or deposit box.
- Pack a survival kit with basic tools, bathroom essentials, eyeglasses, address book, checkbook, clock, change of clothes and directions to your new home.
Packing for the Move
- Bend from your knees not from your back when lifting.
- For large applicance, remove lose fittings and accessories and pack separately. Tie down, tape or wedge all moveable parts and doors.
- WRAP…anything you wrap or place into a box.
- Color Code: Using different colors of tape for each room works great when movers are unloading.
- Plants help make a home feel homey, so don’t forget them. Store them in plastic bags with holes punched for air. Check agricultural regulations on moving plants for fruit trees in your area.
- Moving can be overwhelming for your pet. Remember to help make the move calm and comfortable for your pet too.
- Spend the entire day at home with the movers
- Carry any valuables or family heirlooms with you.
- Specify a “DO NOT MOVE” area where you place items you do not want the movers to take with them.
- Right before the movers leave, take a final tour of your home, amking sure nothing has been leftin drawers or closets and that all doors and windows are locked.
At Your New Home
- When you first arrive, check boxes for external damage. If damage is found, check the contents.
- Place some of your colered tape at the room where those boxes will go. This will speed up the process when themovers know where to put things, without asking you.
- Make certain the beds ae assembled before the movers leave.
- Plug in large appliances before your large furniture blocks the outlet.
- Locate your survival kit and put it wheere you can find it and won’t forget it.
- Obtain numbers needed in an emergency such as the fire department and police.
- Check the post office on any mail that is being held for you.
- Register your cars.
- Register to vote in your new area.