Let’s Get Ready to Move
Moving can be stressful. Take the edge off and use this handy-dandy list to get you ready for your move.
A month before the move:
__ Set up a "move" folder or file with all of your paperwork.
__ Set up a "move" calendar to mark off your important dates.
__ Make sure you have all your paperwork (financial, tax and employment) needed for your loan.
__ Transfer insurance policies (life, auto, homeowners).
__ Get in touch with your doctors and dentists for copies of medical records.
__ Hold a garage sale to liquidate your "stuff."
__ Whatever you don’t sell, donate.
3 weeks before the move:
__ Some moving expenses can be written off on your taxes. Take a look and see if you’re covered.
__ Get in touch with your utility companies (telephone, gas, electricity, water, garbage, cable/satellite) for a cut-off date.
__ Ask the post office for a change of address kit.
__ Find out where your next voting precinct is and get ready to register.
__ Take time to call friends and family to tell them you’re moving. Maybe they’ll offer to help!
2 weeks before the move:
__ Make a list of any clothes you’ll need and won’t be packing.
__ Put all financials in your new address. This includes any stocks, bonds, bank accounts and contents of safe deposit boxes.
__ Look through the list and check off anything that’s not done.
The week leading up to the BIG MOVE:
__ Set aside and label anything you’ll need to get to during the move. Put them somewhere you can get to easily.
__ Get your outdoor things ready. Drain hoses and propane grill tanks. Prepare lawnmower oil and gas.
__ Get rid of old paint, oil, aerosols and other hazardous materials. Look into your community hazardous waste disposal.
__ You’ll need power and phone at your new place. Get in touch with the utility companies at your new place.
__ Your refrigerator should air out at least 24 hours before your move.
The day of the MOVE OUT:
__ Keep in mind that anything you pack first will be unloaded LAST. This works in reverse, too.
__ Look around one more time. Have you checked the storage areas? Look in the attic, closets, cupboards, behind doors and under the stairs.
__ Take time to relax. The move is almost over.
Time to MOVE IN:
__ Head to the new home and get it ready before the moving truck arrives.
__ Take a moment to have a breath. This is your new home. Enjoy it!
Take the edge off the big move. Let us know if we can in any way.