Pre – Planned Moving
What to expect during your move
Pre Planned Moving
Moving is stressful and time-consuming. Planning ahead of time can save you headaches, backaches, and money.
1 month before moving
File a change of address form with the Post Office.
Notify automated billing services (Netflix, Amazon, magazines, credit card companies, etc) of your new address.
Retrieve your family’s medical records and search for new doctors & dentists around your new home.
Go through old items: what can be sold, discarded or donated to charity?
Notify the local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off or on as needed.
Notify your children’s schools or any other organizations of your impending move.
Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine where the biggest items will go. This will save you time when you arrive.
Make arrangements to move your plants and pets.
Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box, if you have one.
Check your homeowner’s policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.
Make sure you have plenty of supplies: boxes, tape, etc.
If shipping an automobile, top off fluids like oil and antifreeze, but leave the gas tank only half-full.
Plan your travel arrangements to your new location: who’s driving? When are they getting there?
Properly dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids and aerosol cans.
Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up and lawn service.
Begin lining up help: are your friends or family helping you move?
Arrange for the payment of your driver at destination. Unless your employer is paying, be sure to have enough available cash, credit, or debit.
Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination.
Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
Use up all frozen foods or give them away.
The day before
Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you, or have your driver load it last and unload it first.
This is usually the day packing is done; if you’re having someone else pack for you, double-check that everything is ready to go.
Color-coordinate the boxes with the particular room they belong.
Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator.
Plan to be at your current home when the driver arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. I
Check the condition of your items as they are unloaded.
Make a final round of your home/property and verify that nothing has been overlooked.
Lock all doors and windows and turn off all switches at your previous location.
If possible, arrive at your new home a day early to make sure utilities are connected and everything is up and running.
Plan the placement of major items in/around your home.
Be on hand to pay the driver prior to the unloading of your goods.
After everything is unpacked, take a break. You deserve it!
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