Moving can be quite a large task. We are in the process of moving and there are so many things to get done! I try to tackle it in 3 parts:
1. Before the move
2. The BIG move
3. After the move
1. Before the move, I believe is the most challenging. I love to make a list that I can easily access and attack one to-do item at a time.
- Obtain quotes for truck rentals and movers
- Get boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, mattress covers, tape, permanent black markers – request from your movers or purchase on your own. Home Depot, Lowes and storage places all sell these items.
- Begin packing items you do not often use. Examples – Formal dining, basement and storage items, books, DVDs, files, trinkets, off-season clothing, etc.
- While you are packing, place unwanted items to the side and build a “donation” or “sell” pile. Less clutter!
- Remember to label your boxes so you know where to place them in your new home. It’s always a good idea for you to pack and move your important documents, jewelry and other valuables in your own vehicle.
- Cancel current utilities and sign up for utilities at your new place.
- Change your address with the Post Office and begin the forwarding process the day before you move, as a cushion.
2. The BIG move – eat your Wheaties! I always look at it as a good workout.
- The first thing I do the morning of the BIG move is walk around the house and unplug all electronics/small appliances. I make sure all cords to the computer, printer, cell phones and all portable iThings are packed in the same box, for easy access and set up at your destination.
- I also like to have plastic mattress covers laying out ready to go, the night before. I usually buy enough for the number of mattresses + 2. The extra 2 are used for sheets/blankets that are on the bed and I also use them to transport our couch cushions.
- Completely discretionary, but probably a good idea –provide your movers with beverages, AFTER all has been moved out. Cautionary tale: we provided Gatorade to our movers when they arrived and one of them spilled it on our mattress and carpet, grrr!
- Once all has been moved out, take one last walk-thru and make sure all cabinets, closets and drawers are empty.
3. After the move – the dust has settled.
- Besides unpacking all the boxes you just packed, this is the easy part. I like to unpack the necessities first, which are dishes, utensils, computers, electronics, bathroom items and clothing.
- You may need to visit Target, Walmart or Home Depot for new items. If so, make a list, measure if needed and bring the measuring tape with you.
- Depending on how far you move, you may need new doctors, dentists, vets, pharmacy, etc.
- Even though you’ve changed your address with the Post Office, you should update the following as well:
o Family, friends, work
o Kids’ school
o Bank accounts
o Retirement & brokerage accounts
o Credit cards
o Insurance policies
o Student Loans/Home Loans/Car Loans
o Driver’s License/Registration & Voter registration
o Miscellaneous i.e. Sirius Radio, Gym memberships, Reward memberships
If you would like a detailed to-do list for long distance moves, please send me an email or click on “Contact”. I have extensive experience and can provide you with all the moving parts!