FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
1. Create a moving binder. This is where you will organize and store all of the information and paperwork related to your move—from moving company quotes.
2. Create an inventory list. Make a list by room. Include major pieces of furniture that need to be moved. Make a note of anything that might require specialty movers (Like a piano)
3. Research moving companies and collect quotes (make sure all of them are licensed and insured). Select at least three different companies and have a budget in mind.
4. Choose a moving company. Discuss in detail the services you will need. Packing, moving, unpacking.
5. When you have your moving date, be sure to block it in advance with the moving company.
6. If you have children. Find a new school and transfer school transcripts.
7. If you have dogs, find a new veterinary and keep your pet's records handy to be taken to the new doctor.
8. Talk to your insurance agent about your level of coverage. See if any additional policies are needed due to the move or if moving insurance is available beyond the moving company’s coverage.
9. Pre-arrange furniture so you know where everything will go in the new house. This makes moving in a little less stressful since you’ll be able to put everything down right where it will stay. You can either use a room arranging software or go old-school with graph paper. If possible, measure the doorways and rooms (in both old and new homes) to see if your furniture will fit. It will save you a lot of headache on moving day.
10. Declutter your house. Sell, donate or responsible discard whatever you do not need. Garage sales are also an option to give away or sell unnecessary items.
THREE WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
11. Request a change of address. USA Post-Office Link
12. Request change of address kit and notify important parties of your new address
13. Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, internet/telephone, and trash collection) to cut off service to your old home and turn it on at your new one.
14. If moving on a community or an apartment find out moving day requirements. Some apartments might need you to reserve the elevator.
15. Check with your moving companies what they will not move. For example Acids, Aerosol containers, Ammonia, Ammunition (i.e. bullets, grenades, etc.), scuba tanks, pool chemicals, pets, pesticides, paint thinner, etc.
16. Start packing rarely used items. Anything that won’t be needed in the next 6 weeks can be packed now, or even earlier. It also helps to designate these boxes as “UNIMPORTANT” or “LAST TO UNPACK” so you can get to the crucial stuff first when you’re unpacking.
17. Take photos of your electronic setups. You’ll be happy to have a diagram when you’re setting it up in the new place.
18. Back up your computer files.
19. If you haven’t arranged for the movers to pack for you, start packing. Good quality boxes can often be found for free at a local retail store (just make sure they are very sturdy). Pack a little each day, using good quality boxes and padding, and pack in order of least- to most-used. (Moving tip: You don’t have to remove the contents of your drawers unless they makes the piece very difficult to carry. However, you should remove anything heavy or breakable and pack it in a separate box with plenty of padding.)
20. Label boxes with their destination, not their current location. You can even color code and number boxes (indicate these on your inventory list) to make move-in that much easier.
21. Start to use up the contents of your fridge and freezer.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
22. If you’ll be driving long distances, have your vehicle(s) serviced to keep them in tip-top condition. If you’ll be shipping your car to your final destination, empty it out first.
23. If you are renting make minor home repairs to make sure you get your deposit back.
24. Confirm plans with the moving company and update them on any last changes to your inventory.
ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING
25. Confirm that your utilities are set to be turned on in the new house or transfer to your name.
26. If traveling a long distance, confirm travel arrangements for pets and family. If driving, prepare snacks and entertainment for the road.
27. Pack a suitcase with essentials for the first days. Your kit should include a change of clothes, toiletries (don’t forget the shower curtain!), toilet paper, phone chargers, pillows and sheets, basic cleaning supplies, paper plates and utensils, snacks (for your pets, too!), a first aid kit, and anything else you don’t want to dig around for on moving day.
28. Schedule cleaning for new and old homes. Professional cleanings are easier (and therefore cheaper) when there’s no furniture or personal items to work around.
29. Make sure that you put aside what you do not want the movers to take with them, for example, your suitcase with your personal things for the first few days.
30. Set up a snack/drink station for your family and the moving crew. Coffee is a nice thing to have first thing in the morning; you should also have some water and grab-and-go snacks for later in the day.
31. Let your movers know which boxes should be unpacked first. Those will be the last boxes loaded onto the truck.
32. Make sure your home(s) is protected from the move. Check your existing homeowner’s policy to see what’s covered. If yours is lacking somewhere (some policies will cover theft, but not breakage, for instance), see if your moving company offers insurance. If you aren’t using professional movers—or you just want some additional protection—consider purchasing a separate moving insurance policy.
33. Tip #2: Make a Detailed Inventory Sheet. Without an inventory sheet, it can be almost impossible to prove that an item has been lost or damaged.
34. While you’re packing, make a note of each item as well as its condition (pictures are even better). If your moving company creates their own inventory list, double-check it against your own (make sure you understand any acronyms and abbreviations they use to denote the item’s condition).
35. This written documentation will act as an unbiased third party. In the event that something is damaged, it will be much easier to figure out who is responsible for repairing, cleaning, or replacing the item in question. Keep valuables with you, including financial and legal documents.
* Take the movers on a quick tour of the house so they know which room is which (and where to put those perfectly labeled boxes).
* Verify mover’s bill of lading with your own inventory list and get signatures from all parties.
* Pay and tip movers if you were happy with their service.
* SETTLE IN, order Pizza and enjoy your new house
By: Beatriz Rocha - Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate
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