The thought of moving houses can seem like an insurmountable task. If you’ve been in one location for a while, you know how much “stuff” you can accumulate. Make it easier by creating (and sticking to) a moving plan to help ease the burden of moving from one house to another. Use this simple schedule and checklist to help your move go smoothly.
7 Weeks Before Your Move
- Start compiling medical, dental, shot and prescription records.
- Search for a primary care physician or specialty doctor in your new location should you need follow up care.
- Arrange to have school, veterinarian, records and veterinarian records transferred.
- Gather copies of legal and financial records and store them securely.
- Call your insurance provider about required or necessary changes that may impact your coverage.
- Cancel or transfer memberships to health clubs, local organizations, etc…
6 Weeks Before Your Move
- Plan how you will move valuables and difficult to replace items (certified mail, or carry them with you).
- Begin purging your home. Separate items into those you will keep, donate or discard.
- Plan a garage sale and begin pulling items out that you want to sell.
- Start using items that can’t be moved such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosols (check out shipping restrictions before closing up boxes).
5 Weeks Before Your Move
- Order boxes and moving supplies (tape, markers, lifting straps, furniture pads, cleaning supplies, etc…)
- Begin packing items you don’t use often. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it is destined for. Now is a good time to self assess and consider what you can part ways with.
- Pinpoint your move date and create a simple calendar of important dates.
- File a change of address with the Postal Service, or ask them to hold your mail at the post office in your new city.
4 Weeks Before Your Move
- Dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons.
- Have your automobile serviced.
- Make travel arrangements for your pets.
- Put copies of pet medical and immunization records in your move file.
- Host a garage sale to clear out remaining items you don’t want to move with you.
2 Weeks Before Your Move
- Notify utility companies, professional services, and other organizations. Be sure to consider both existing services to cancel or transfer as well as new services needed at your new location.
- Phone/Internet Providers/Cell Phone Provider
- Home Services (lawn service, snow removal, trash collection, etc…)
- Accountants/Attorney/Financial Advisor
- Clubs/Memberships (Health, Golf, Rec Center)
- Health Insurance Provider/Agent
- Bank/Credit Union/Credit Card Company
- City/County Tax Assessor
- State Vehicle Registration
- Social Security Administration
- State/Federal Tax Bureau (IRS)
- Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family
- Confirm parking for your moving trailer or moving container. Obtain permits if needed.
- Plan meals for the last weeks to use up any existing move to make transporting perishables easier.
- Assemble a folder of important info about your house for the next homeowner.
- Place carpet, floor, and door frame protectors in areas where moving items could create damage. This will avoid breaking or damaging things as you move out.
- Load items in a pre-designated order, saving “last load” items for the rear of your shipment or truck to make them easily accessible at your new destination.
- Check every room and closet one last time to make sure nothing is left behind.
- Ensure sprinklers, heaters, fans, lights, etc… are turned off or adjusted appropriately.
- Leave a friendly note with your new address and contact information so that future residents can forward stray mail.
Moving in Checklist
- Clean your new home, make sure everything is in working condition and make any repairs. A seasonal home maintenance checklist be a great way to stay organized.
- Pick up any mail being held at the local post office.
- Unload your items and begin organizing your new home.
After the Move
- Keep all receipts and documents in your move file and store it in an easy-to-remember location.
- Get a new driver’s license and automobile tags, register to vote, etc.
- Contact the local paper for a new subscription.
- Enjoy your new home!