Handy Tips For How To Move
We Know Moving Can Be Stressful, But It Doesn’t Have To Be.
We are here to help make the whole moving process as easy as it can be. We provide you tips and tools to help minimize your stress during your move. By following these guidelines and organizing your belongings and preparing many weeks ahead of your move, you will feel less stress and make sure you don’t miss any of those important items.
6-8 Weeks Before Moving
This is the time to start planning. You want to get things down on paper and iron out the details of the tasks you need to complete from today through the day of your move and after.
- Start with a list of items you are moving to your new home.
- Make a list of everything you are keeping and putting into your storage unit.
- Also make a list of everything movers will be handling as well as what you will handle yourself or with your friends and family.
- All the things you are not taking with you should be thrown away or sold at a garage or yard sale if you have time. You can also donate them to a local shelter or organization.
- If you are planning to use a moving company, contact at least three and get estimates.
- Don’t just get estimates, also research the moving companies and ask for reference. Be sure to ask them about pricing, packing, timing and other details for your move.
- Keep track in a file folder or envelope all your moving expenses. These can often be tax deductible. Gather your receipts and write on them what they are.
- Meet with your insurance agent to set up a transfer of your homeowners, renters and auto insurance to your new address.
- Gather your medical records and keep them in a safe place. This should include your current prescriptions, vaccination records and any other important information.
- If you are moving into a new town or community, learn about the local schools, parks, recreation venues and community programs. You can ask the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau.
4-5 Weeks Before Moving
Planning should be in full swing and now you start the action phase. Purchase moving boxes and packing supplies and start organizing them into the rooms where they will be needed.
Be sure to get enough for what you are moving into your new home and into storage. You can purchase these in the rental office, which is often at better prices than retail stores. The friendly property manager can also help you figure out how many boxes you may need and what other essential supplies will be helpful, like dust covers and packing tape.
- Go online or contact your local post office and fill out the USPS change of address form.
- Contact your telephone company, cell phone provider, cable/satellite, trash, water, gas, electric, internet provider, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions and anywhere else you have an account to update your address.
- If you have children, get them registered for their new schools. It would even be good to have them visit the school and meet their new teacher and tour the school ahead of time.
- Involve your kids in the moving process. Have them pack their toys and small items from their room. Also have them decide what they no longer want and donate it!
- Arrange for transportation for your pets. Also talk to the township office where you are moving to and see if there are any requirements for bringing a pet into the area.
- Obtain your pets’ records from your veterinarian, and ask them for recommendations for a new one in your new town.
2-4 Weeks Before Moving
Moving day is getting closer! Now is the time to take care of some very important tasks so that you are set to go when moving day arrives.
- Contact utility companies – electric, gas, phone and others – to schedule disconnection after your scheduled move out and likely for installation or activation at your new home as well.
- Use your storage unit for staging and cleaning out now! You can use it for more than just the stuff you don’t want to take with you. All the items you don’t need right now (like the spare bedroom contents and stuff from the attic and basement) can go into storage until you can move into your new home.
- Arrange for childcare for your young children on moving day. This will keep them safe and keep you freed up to focus on moving. You can hire a babysitter or have a close friend or family member take them for the day, or even for a sleepover.
- Return all items you have borrowed and collect any items you have loaned out.
- Pack your valuables and keep them aside to travel with you in the car. Things like heirloom jewelry or a coin collection.
- Check into the laws in your state if you are crossing state lines to make sure you are allowed to bring plants with you. Some have regulations that prohibit this. If you are not permitted to bring them, donate them to a local charity or give to friends.
- Have your vehicles serviced now. Even if you just had the oil changed, have your local mechanic give your vehicles a good check in case anything is in need of repair.
- Start packing everything you don’t need. For example, all your winter clothes if it is currently spring.
- Determine which items are going to storage, which items are staying in storage after you move, and which items are not being moved until moving day. Mark them clearly and keep them separated for organization.
- Check your attic, basement and all closets. Don’t forget your garage, shed and all cabinets in your home. You don’t want to leave anything behind.
- If you have a safe deposit box, remove the contents and set up a new one at your new bank.
1 Week Before Moving
- Keep a box aside for your valuables and important papers. This should be placed in your car with you.
- Keep moving items into your storage unit.
- Back up all computer files (and have a back up of your back up). Then, disassemble your computers and pack them up safely. Keep them out of high heat or humidity.
- Dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items responsibly.
- Be sure to label everything clearly. Add “fragile” to all boxes that need it. You should also label each box for what room it will go into when arriving at your new home. You can also add “load first” or “load last” or even “do not load” if you need to keep certain things in a certain place or order.
- Confirm details with your moving company. Make sure they have the correct address of both homes, and your current phone numbers. Also give them an alternate phone number of a friend or family member in case they cannot get ahold of you.
- Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least one day before you move.
- Be flexible! Not everything will go according to plan, so be aware of that now and don’t get stressed out if plans change a bit.
- Make arrangements to account for delays and confirm your travel arrangements.
- Keep items you will need with you while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
- Pack a separate box with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home, for example – prescriptions, snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags.
Moving Day and Beyond
- Be on site to direct the movers – at your old home and your new home. The driver must have your name and phone number in writing. (Also remember to take destination agent’s name, address and contact number.)
- Thoroughly check everything in your house where things could have been missed. That means your closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage.
- Sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.
- Turn off all the switches and lock all doors and windows.
- Plan placement of major items in your home.
- While unpacking, make sure there is no damage and no items are missing. If problems arise, track it closely and keep records.
- Make sure utilities are connected at your new home.
- Carry traveler’s checks or cash for quick payments.
- If moving to a new state, you will need to obtain a new driver’s license and revise your will and other legal papers soon after you move. This is something you should plan to do in the first month or two.
- Locate the hospitals, police stations and fire stations near your new home.