Moving can be a daunting task. Take it one step at a time to ensure that everything gets done and your move goes smoothly!
Create a Moving Binder or Folder. Use it to store everything related to the move, like estimates from moving companies, receipts for moving supplies and other costs, etc. Keep in mind that some moving costs may be tax deductible. Use a Customizable Moving Calendar or a Moving Planner Checklist to help you keep track of all the details.
Call several moving companies as soon as possible once you have a date for your move. Have them come to your house and give you written estimates. If cost is a concern, ask what you can do to reduce the price. What is the difference between having them pack your things or doing it yourself?
If you will be doing the packing, order boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and other supplies. In many cases there are boxes made to pack certain items safely; for example, you can get lamp boxes, or mirror boxes, or boxes with sections to protect plates and glasses.
Don’t move stuff that you don’t need. Piles of outgrown clothes in the attic? Toys the kids don’t play with anymore? Won’t need that snow blower in Texas? Plan a yard sale, or donate things that you don’t use. Start using up things you’ve stockpiled such as frozen foods or paper goods. Moving companies won’t move things like paint, chemicals, oil, and solvents because they could damage your things or the moving truck if they spilled. You will have to move these yourself or get rid of them. Click here for a list of things movers cannot take.
Speak to your employer about taking time off, especially the day of the move. You need to be there to supervise. Ask a friend or relative to watch your kids and pets on moving day.
Begin with things you won’t need before the move such as off-season clothes, extra bed linens, and holiday decorations. Remember to pack books in small boxes so they don’t get too heavy. Label every box as to what is in it and which room it should go in at your new house. For example, “LEGOS/TIM’S ROOM” or “DISHES/KITCHEN."
Fill out a Change of Address form at your local post office or online at usps.gov. Notify utility companies, banks, creditors, subscriptions, and insurance companies of your new address. Have medical records and school transcripts copied and forwarded if applicable. Don’t forget to notify your employer of your new address - they’ll need it to send your W2 at the end of the year.
Make sure that you carry important papers (birth certificates, social security cards, car titles, insurance documents) and valuables with you. Don’t pack these things with the rest of your belongings. Set aside clothes you’ll need in the few days before and after you move. Pack these in suitcases. Refill any prescriptions you might need, get the car tuned up if you’ll be making a long drive.
Double check the details. Call the movers to confirm the date, time and other specifics. Make sure they have directions to your new home, and a way to contact you during the move if necessary. Find out what type of payment they accept. Have cash on hand for a tip. On moving day, make sure to keep a copy of the inventory list.
You’ve done a great job! Congratulations and enjoy your new home.