Moving house can be stressful – so much to do! Here’s a checklist to help you get through it. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need referrals for a moving company, handyman, landscaper, house cleaner, etc.. We know some people!
As Soon As You know You’re Moving:
Create a file or binder for documenting your moving plans, saving receipts, storing estimates and quotes, writing down measurements and so on. Attach this checklist to the front cover.
Decide whether to move, clean and make repairs yourself or hire professionals. Call companies to get estimates.
Gather or purchase boxes, packing materials, tape, large felt markers, scissors, bright labels, plastic sandwich bags (for small items), large freezer bags, plastic grocery bags, a pocket knife and ropes.
Make travel arrangements: Mention whether you are bringing pets.
Gather your legal, medical, dental, financial, vehicle, and insurance records in a safe place.
Gather owner’s manuals that you might need to set up computers, home theatre systems and complex appliances. Do this in case you need to order copies.
Purchase insurance coverage for valuables.
Schedule the movers or a rental truck.
One Month Before Moving:
Get traveler’s checks for while you’re getting settled.
Contact your insurance agent to transfer coverage to your new address (life, health care, personal belongings, etc.). Make sure all coverage is in force while moving.
Begin depleting canned and frozen foods.
Go to your bank and find out what you need to do to transfer funds. Discuss branch options and check cashing in your new location. Remember that online accounts often take 2 weeks to set up.
Make arrangements for canceling or changing newspapers, lawn service, pool service, day care, utilities, phone, cable television, trash, gas, water, etc.
File a forwarding address with your post office.
Start packing things you don’t use, such as off-season clothes, decorations and so on.
Send clothing, bedding, drapes to the cleaners.
Plan your yard sale: labels, tables, money for making change.
Get all your prescriptions re-filled.
Two Weeks Before Moving:
Sign up for utilities, telephone and Internet service at your new home.
Call friends and family and recruit them for help.
Check your medications to ensure that you have enough for the next 60 days.
Confirm your new address with your:
doctor, dentist, therapist, etc.
accountant, lawyer, financial advisor, broker
cable company, telephone, utilities, Internet
credit card companies
magazines and newspaper
state and federal tax authorities
employers, co-workers, friends, family
school, college, alma mater
real estate agent
Clean your house, if necessary.