A Checklist for Moving

Let us make your move just a little bit easier!

By FamilyTime

 Congratulations! You have sold your house and soon will move into a new one. The past few months have been stressful, but now you have to deal with a whole new set of anxieties: moving!
We have a checklist and timeline that will, we think, make the process easier. You deserve it!
Don’t wait to:
  • Make an inventory of what you will take with you and what you will give away, throw away, or sell at a tag sale.
  • Get in touch with a charitable organization that might pick up your give-aways. These include furniture  carpets, and appliances, but only those in good shape and working order. Not all charities want your all your cast-offs, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get rid of it this way.
  • Plan a tag sale for a weekend when your family and friends can help.
  • Contact at least three moving companies for estimates.
  • Find out if your or your spouse’s employer pays for moving expenses. This will only be true if you are moving for a job, of course, or being relocated.
  • Talk with the insurance agent about when and how to transfer your coverage.
A month before moving day:
  • Notify the utility companies, telephone, garbage collectors, lawn services, and so on that you will be moving. Make plans to close or transfer accounts.
  • Notify doctors, dentists, veterinarians, schools, and others who might need to send records to your new address, a new professional or school.
  • Notify the newspaper delivery service and magazines of a change of address.
  • Fill out change of address forms on bills when you pay them.
  • Fill out a post office change of address card.
  • Contact friends and neighbors about anything you have lent them and ask for it back. And return anything you borrowed from them!
  • Acquire packing boxes and other materials and start packing! Mark every box with the name of the room in your new house.
  • Start to eat the food in the freezer.
  • Decide what houseplants to transport and which to give away.
Two weeks before moving day:
  • Pack up valuables and jewelry and store them in a safe place, such as your neighbor’s house or a safe deposit box. Don’t forget about them when you move!
  • Transfer saving and checking accounts, if necessary. Keep enough money in an active account for the moving company and for cash on hand.
  • Take any clothes, bedding, drapes, and slipcovers that need dry cleaning to the cleaners. Don’t forget to pick it up before you move!
  • Drain power mowers and other machinery to make them safe to transport.
A week before moving day:
  • Make a list of all the furniture and other items to be moved. Indicate any scratches, dents or other flaws. This way, you will not blame the moving company for something that was already there. Let the moving company know about the list and plan to go over it with them.
  • Service your cars in preparation for the trip — unless you are moving across town!
  • Arrange for a money order or cashier’s check for the moving company, if necessary. Take out cash to tip people who help you during the move.
  • Pack a carton with tools, cleaning materials, and household items you think you will need as soon as you arrive at the new house. You don’t want to root through half a dozen cartons looking for a screwdriver, flashlight, sponges or toilet paper when you arrive.
  • Know which luggage and boxes go in the moving vans and which go in your car or cars.
  • Arrange to put your dog and cat in a kennel or leave them with a neighbor on moving day.
  • Hire a sitter or make other arrangements for young children on moving day.

Adapted from stagedhomes.com.