Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 07:30
Preparing for moving
Two Months Prior to Moving Day
- If you use a mover, get 2-3 estimates from moving companies. If you move yourself, get costs from a truck rental company.
- Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
- Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).
- Prepare to have a moving sale for your less valuable items, and have a net-auction for the more valuable ones – see QuikDrop.com
- Prepare current house for sale – upgrade lighting, lawn and paint
- Arrange to transfer school records.
- Choose a mover from the quotes and reserve your moving and delivery dates.
- Get your new home ready – Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive.
Six weeks prior to Moving Day
- Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
- Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
- Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
- Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
Four weeks prior to Moving Day
- Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one.
- Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive.
- If you have “last month” deposits with services, such as the telephone company.
- Change the locks on all the doors in your new home, if the new home is ready.
- If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck for your selected moving day.
- If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials from uBoxes.com and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at your new house.
- Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting
- Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
- Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
- Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
- Collect your important records-Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
Three weeks prior to Moving Day
- Hold your moving sale.
- Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids
- Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
- Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).
- Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
Two weeks prior to Moving Day
- Arrange for donation or disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale
- Service your car in preparation for the move. If you’re moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
- Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
- Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
- Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
- Change your address. One week before you move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
- Pack a travel kit: Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.
One day prior to Moving Day
- Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
- Settle any bills with local businesses.
- Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
- Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
- Confirm any travel reservations.
- Defrost refrigerator & freezer, propping doors open.
- Let movers pack your belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
- Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
- Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
- Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box “load last.
- Obtain certified check or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
- Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
- If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
- If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions and sign papers.
- Note all utility meter readings.
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.
- Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
- Be present at your new house to answer any questions.
- Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
- On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded.
- Be prepared to pay your mover with certified check or traveler’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
- With this last box checked, you’ll be ready to enjoy the fruits of your organization and your new home.