Moving can be a real hassle. There really is a lot to do to make the transition a smooth one. And if you don’t take the right approach to preparation and planning, you could find yourself in a very overwhelming situation. Here is a great outline for taking on the moving process courtesy of Century 21:
Two months prior to Moving Day
- If you use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.
- If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
- Create a floor plan of your new apartment for furniture and appliance placement.
- Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter.
- Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.). Staying organized during the move is important.
- Choose a mover or truck rental company.
- Visit smoothmoves.com for tips on moving with children.
Six weeks prior to Moving Day
- Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
- Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community, and make storage arrangements if necessary.
- Ask your current doctors or insurance companies for referrals in your new residential area, and obtain health records for easy transition.
- Clean all closets and drawers.
- Start using up all food and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
Four weeks prior to Moving Day
- Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old residence, and connection of new services at your new residence.
- If moving and packing yourself, make sure you reserve a rental truck and obtain any packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you move into your new residence.
- Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
- Check with your insurance company for coverage of your possessions during the move.
- Make travel plans for the final move.
- Check to see if you need moving permits.
- Plan your moving sale (ex. Yard sale). Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.
- Collect all important records and make sure you secure them doing the move (ex. Birth certificates, social security cards, legal records, etc.).
Three weeks prior to Moving Day
- Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved (i.e. flammable liquids).
- Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).
- Arrange use of the elevator in your apartment on move-in day. Often Sundays are prohibited for moving purposes.
- Hold your moving sale.
Two Weeks prior to Moving Day
- Arrange for disposal of anything not gotten rid of during your moving sale.
- Service your car in preparation for the move. Suggestion: if moving from warm to cold climate, check your antifreeze!
- Return borrowed items *library books) and retrieve any items you have loaned out.
- Cancel your newspaper delivery
- Notify any creditors of your move.
- Transfer prescriptions and make sure you have adequate supply of meds on hand.
- Change your address; send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
- Pack a necessities travel kit: checkbook, credit cards, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, aspirin, personal phonebook, etc.
One day prior to Moving Day
- Transfer your bank accounts
- Take animals to vet for immunizations, if necessary.
- Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
- Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
- Confirm any travel reservations
- Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.
- If using a moving company, let them pack your belongings.
- Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move (washer, dryer, microwave, oven, etc.).
- Set aside car travel items is they will not be loaded on the moving truck.
- Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house and clearly mark the box “Load Last.”
- Confirm arrival time of your moving van or truck.
- If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
- Note all utility meter readings.
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork ina asafe place.
- Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
- On interstate moves, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are loaded.
- Supervise unloading and unpacking.
- Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.