- Plan Ahead – You probably know that you are going to move at least 30 days before the actual moving date. Create a “To-Do List” of when you need to turn off the utilities, notify movers and change your mailing address.
- Transportation – Will you depend on family and friends? Will you hire a rental truck and move yourself or do you need to hire professional movers for long distances? You will need to know how much it will cost you to move so you have time to shop around for the best price and service.
- Get Rid of Stuff – It can be overwhelming but now is the time to go room by room to choose items that needs to be thrown away, given away, sold (garage sale or online) or donated to charity.
- Take an Inventory – This is critical especially when hiring a moving company. You may want to list the major items, your collectibles, your expensive possessions. You may also want to take photos or video each room.
- Label Everything – Label at least 2 sides of each box with the type of room (kitchen, master bedroom, Amy’s room) and a short list of what’s inside the box.
- Valuable Items – Back up your computers before your move. If anything is valuable or breakable, double check to make sure it is insured. Take personal items, such as jewelry, with you.
- Pets – Hire a pet sitter or ask someone to take care of your pets on moving day. They instinctively know that you are moving. Keep them in a safe place until you are ready to make the move.
- Moving Day – Set aside a box of items that you may need on moving day. Hammer, screwdriver, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, light bulbs, bottled water, garbage bags and maybe even a change of clothes.
- Disconnect Utilities – Create a list of utility companies, including cable and internet, who you need to notify to make sure they are turned off and where the final bill will be sent. Record the date you called and the name of the person you talked with to make sure you don’t continue to received invoices.
- Neighbors – Say goodbye to your neighbors and let them know where you are moving to (that is, if you’d like to stay in touch). On the other side of the coin, introduce yourself to your new neighbors. They may have useful information about the community, schools and the neighborhood.
Even if you are super organized, moving can be traumatic on you, children and pets. But by being organized, I can assure you it will be less stressful and easier to get settled.
Would you please share other moving tips so I can add them to my blog?