MOVING! The very thought of it can send chills down our spine and can cause us to break out into a cold sweat. Experts say that any kind of “change” creates “stress”. Moving, (and especially if we are relocating to a new city or state), represents a huge change and naturally brings a great amount of stress along with it.
This can be a double whammy, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many of us tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of our lives. This is one time, though, when we must rise above that. When preparing for a move we need to put the pedal to the metal and get a lot of things done.
This checklist contains many suggestions that may seem like “no-brainers”. However, the very act of printing out these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as the dreaded time approaches. Moving and relocating calls for being proactive, grabbing the bull by the horns and actually completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines. Hopefully this little paper will help you to accomplish that.
In this article we are leaving out the “big things” such as finding the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood’s transportation, parking, employment, etc. Those are for other articles on another day. Today we are concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
Get rid of what you don’t need.
Many of us are “pack rats”. One thing that we can accomplish immediately is going through all of our “stuff” and getting rid of what we don’t need anymore. Moving unwanted clothing and bric-a-bracs from one place of residence to another is a great waste of time and effort.
It is surprising how much more in control we feel once we start narrowing down our “inventory” to what we actually need to keep. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then donating the leftovers to the Salvation Army or other charitable groups.
Get all important papers and documents together and secure them.
Since moving is hectic, to say the least, we need to be aware of the exact location of all of our important items. Things that we absolutely must not lose or misplace should certainly be hand carried, not put in a box for the movers:
- Address Books
- Birth Certificates
- Bank Statements
- Credit Cards and Statements
- Home Movies
- Irreplaceable Memorabilia
- Insurance Policies
- Marriage Records
- Medical and Dental Records
- Military Records
- Photos and Photo Albums
- School Records
- Stock Certificates
- Tax Returns
- Telephone Numbers
- Vehicle Documents
Prepare well in advance for living at your new location.
There are many things that we can do at our new location well in advance of our move that will help smooth out the bumps and grinds of our relocation process when the actual event occurs:
- Open up new bank accounts
- Open up a new Safe Deposit Box
- Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services
- Cable TV
- Water and Internet access
Arrange for new medical providers. If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles. Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies. Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final statements, magazines and other subscriptions, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses that you correspond with on a regular basis.
As the time approaches, get a nice new legal pad.
As moving day approaches and when the moving process actually begins, you don’t want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Have a nice new legal pad ready with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts: Banks, Doctors, Emergency contacts, Family members, Friends, Landlords or Real Estate Brokers, Movers, Pharmacies Schools, Storage Facilities, Utilities.
With proper planning and preparation, the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane. With proper planning and preparation, the utilities at your present address can be disconnected the day after you move and the utilities at your new address can be connected the day prior to your arrival. With proper planning and preparation, you will not be frantically searching for a new doctor or pharmacy, if that unfortunate need arises. With proper planning and preparation, you will have all of your important documents at the tip of your fingers at all times. With proper planning and preparation your mail will start arriving the day after you move into your new house and your life will endure a minimum of chaos and clutter.
You’ll want to make your own list of things to be done, but you can start with the suggestions below.
Moving checklist – One Month Before
- Make reservations with moving company.
- Notify friends and family and give them your new address.
- Submit change of address forms to post office.
- Get documents for school transfers, if you have children.
- Have a garage sale or otherwise lighten the load.
- Find a Storage facility near your new location.
One or Two Weeks Before Move Day!
- Arrange utility shut offs and new connections.
- Transfer banking accounts to new location.
- Return books to library, rented movies, etc.
- Transfer prescriptions to new location.
- Clean house and dispose of things that won’t be moved.
- Start packing and labeling boxes.
- Pack an “essentials” box for arrival, with toiletries, paper plates, etc.
- Make moving plans (make hotel reservations, get maps, etc.).
- Start early and remember to eat.
- Double check every room and storage area.
- Turn off lights, lock doors.
- Leave the keys with the new owner or real estate agent.
Good luck with your move and good luck in your new home or apartment.