Planning Your Move, Part 1 (6-8 Weeks Before) Moving Tips

Posted on: November 8th, 2014 by admin

Staying organized during your move is one of the easiest ways to make a new transition to your new home. Below is part one of our three part moving checklist.

Eight weeks before your move:

  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Begin an inventory of all household goods.
  • Solicit estimates from several moving companies.
  • Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your homeowners’ policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.
  • Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer children’s school records.
  • Choose a mover.

Six weeks before your move:

  • Begin search for good health-care professionals in your new location.
  • Fill out Post Office change of address cards.
  • Send your new address to anyone that might need it – insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
  • Clean out closets and dispose of all items that you will not be taking with you.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.

Six weeks before your move:

  • For self moves, reserve a truck or trailer. Obtain necessary moving supplies: boxes, twine, tape, labels, etc
  • If your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it to be done one or two days before loading begins.
  • Send furniture, drapes, and carpets for repair or cleaning as needed.
  • Begin to use up overstocks of staple foods.
  • Gather valuable personal papers that you may need at your destination location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.
  • Make travel plans and arrange any motel or other reservations.