Moving Tips

Moving is not only a physical but also a mental pain. A proper planning and starting early makes the process easier and less agonizing. Here is an eight week to do list to make your move little less agonizing.

 Eight-Six Weeks before Your Move

  • If you have not already done this start looking for house at new location based on your need and budget; like if you have children you might want to rent a house in good school district, if your kids go to public school. Do some research about the locality before deciding. Shop around and get the best deal for you.
  • Make the list of inventory you have.
  • Mark inventory items you want to leave behind. 
  • Remember weight and volume costs money. Decide what you want to take with you and what it’s better to leave behind. Example, it’s better to leave an old mattress spring box behind and buy a new one at new location rather than paying hundreds of dollars to move it. While deciding what you want to take and what you want to leave, it’s important to keep in mind the layout of your new house, for example if your old sofa will be too big for your new living room it’s better to sell it rather than move it. Having said that, it all depends on how old it is and how much it will cost you to buy a new one. See if there are items that can be sold.
  • Mark inventory items that you decide to sell. Organize a garage sale or sale it on craigslist. Keep striking out the inventories from the list that are sold out.
  • Make a file and keep receipt, documents for all the moving related expenses, depending on your reason and distance you might get tax deduction.
  • If you are leasing your house notify the leasing company or apartment management of your move.

Six-Four Weeks before Your Move

  • Notify financial institutions about address change and request all correspondence after your move date at new location.
  • Notify post office, magazines, library, vehicle registration authority, vehicle insurance company.
  • Notify and take necessary action to cancel or discontinue club membership, children's lessons.
  • Contact your children's schools, and arrange for records to be forwarded to your new school district.
  • Contact utilities (gas, water, electricity, telephone, mobile, internet and cable TV) to schedule disconnection or transfer of services on the day following your move.
  • Call the utilities in your new place to arrange for service to start the day before your move.
  • Arrange for an expert, if necessary, to install fixtures upon their arrival at your new home.
  • Complete any repair work on your old home, and arrange for any critical services needed at your new home.
  • Buy some packing materials to pack non-essential items.
  • Start Packing
    • If packing yourself, start packing seldom-used articles like fancy dishes and glasses, specialty cookware, non-essential clothing, curios, art, photos, and decorative items.
    • Keep each box light enough to handle. Heavier items go in smaller boxes, lighter items in larger boxes.
    • Number each box and maintain a list of items that goes into each box.
    • If possible it is also a good idea to take photo of each item that goes into the box.

 Four-Three Weeks before Your Move

  • Make personal travel arrangements if you are using a moving company to ship your items.
  • Identify and list everyday household goods, like every day utensils, some daily use cookware, small appliances, clothes, iron, ironing board, vacuum and whatever else you will need for daily use.
  • Start Packing Seriously
    • Buy packing materials.
    • Start packing items which are not for daily use. Number each box and maintain a list of items that goes into each box. If possible it is also a good idea to take photo of each item that goes into the box.
    • Put essential items together, so that you do not have searched through or open all the boxes on first day in your new home.
    • Put a note on your freeze and mobile phone “Buy only essential groceries, toiletries”. Most of the moving companies do not allow food items.

Two Weeks before Your Move

  • Make arrangements for transporting your pets and any house plants, because movers can't take them in the van.
  • Meet with your bank to change account status.
  • Transfer all current prescriptions to a drug store in your new town.
  • Cancel any delivery services such as newspapers.
  • Consider starting a subscription to the newspaper in your new town to introduce you to local news happenings.
  • Have your automobile serviced if you're traveling by car. Be sure to empty secret hiding places to remove valuables and spare house keys.

One Week before Your Move

  • Mow your lawn for the last time.
  • Dispose of toxic or flammable items that can't be moved.
  • Drain the gas and oil from gas-powered tools such as lawn mowers and snow blowers; movers will not take them if full.
  • Double check to make sure arrangements has been made to disconnect and service your major appliances being moved.
  • Pack your trip kit of necessary items that should go in your car and not the moving van: your checkbook, cash or travelers checks, medications, essential toiletries, light bulbs, flashlight, toilet paper, pet food, spare glasses or contact lenses, baby or child care items, toys and car games for children and your notebook with moving information If you have young children, arrange for a baby-sitter to watch them on moving day.
  • Since you'll have your hands full, the extra attention from a sitter will distract the child's attention from the turmoil of a move. Also arrange for a baby-sitter to be available when you arrive at your new home with young children.
  • Pack your own suitcase of clothes for the move. Put your open first/load last boxes in a separate place so the mover can identify them.
  • Pay all outstanding bills. Be sure to indicate your new address on payment receipts.
  • Remove any fixtures you are taking with you and replace (if specified in your home- selling contract),

One To Two Days before Your Move

  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer, clean both with a disinfectant and let them air out. Put baking soda or charcoal inside to keep them fresh.
  • Arrange for payment to the moving company. This payment must be made when your belongings arrive at your new home - before your belongings are unloaded.
  • If you have bought moving insurance make sure that moving insurance does not require the items to be packed by professional packers or movers, if required, ask the movers to do the packing and get a prove mention in the movers inventory list the items that are packed by packers or movers.
  • Find out your moving company's accepted methods of payment, terms, and its policy for inspecting your belongings when they arrive to determine if any breakage has occurred.
  • Empty your safety deposit box. Plan to take important papers, jewelry, cherished family photos, irreplaceable mementos and vital computer files with you.
  • Write directions to your new home for the truck operator and provide your mobile number, so that they can reach you in case of emergency.
  • Leave your forwarding address and phone number for your home's new occupants. If your old house will be sitting vacant, notify police and neighbors.
  • Moving Day Remove linens from the beds and pack in an open first box. When the movers arrive, review all details and paperwork. Accompany the van operator to take inventory.
  • Verify delivery plans. If there is time, give the home a final cleaning, or arrange in advance for someone to perform this service the day after moving out.

Move-In Day

  • Inspect the house for any damaged or old items. Make a note of them and take a photo. Email the details and photo of damaged or old items to your property management if it’s not your own house. This photo might be handful in case the house owner or the property management charges you for damage which was already there.
  • Order food delivery because you are going to be busy when the moving truck arrives.  
  • Review your floor plan to refresh your memory about where you want furniture and appliances placed.
  • Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and if not follow up.
  • Confine your pets to a separate place to help keep them from running away. Consider boarding them at a kennel.
  • If you have kids and you hired a baby sitter, call to check he\she is coming on time.
  • When the moving truck arrives, one person should check the inventory sheets as items are unloaded and second person should direct the movers on where to place items.
  • Make sure none of the boxes or items are broken. If you transferred TV and furniture or any fragile items, make sure they are not broken and are in working condition. If there is any damage to the items get them in writing from the delivery person. You will need this if you want to claim from insurance or if you want to do a tax deduction. Take photo of the damaged items before disposing.
  • Enjoy stay at your new home.
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