Tips For Packing and Moving
Two months before move:
Go room by room to downsize and declutter. Sort through the items that you are keeping, donating, or selling. By having your house consolidated early, it will allow for a smoother, less stressful move.
Obtain estimates for moving companies (Make sure to read the fine print for any additional charges).
Create a “Moving” File, Binder, or Checklist. (There are also many apps available to keep you organized.) Make sure to keep moving estimates, receipts, and all related material together in one location.
Inventory everything valuable you are planning to move and determine replacement values. Sometimes things break in transit, this will be beneficial for insurance purposes.
Six weeks before move:
Confirm Travel Arrangements.
If you are moving in the area, arrange for babysitters and/or pet sitters.
Check with your accountant to confirm which moving expenses can be deducted.
Compile all medical and dental records and prescription information. (Transfer pharmacies if necessary).
If packing yourself, start gathering packing materials including: boxes, different colored duct tape, packing tape, bubble wrap, and Sharpies.
Start Packing, go room by room. It is helpful to use different colored duct tape for each room for easy recognition.
Arrange for kids’s school records to be transferred, if necessary.
Start planning a yard sale or contact local charities for your unwanted items.
Four weeks before move:
File a change of address, notify friends/family, and other important parties.
Contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer or connect services.
Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription.
Continue packing items you don’t use as often.
One week before move:
Make copies of important document and collect all small valuables. Consolidate into one box, so you can either hand carry or mail them to your new home.
Pack an “open first” box with everything you will want right away.
Pack an an overnight bag for your first night or two in the new house. Moving is tiring, you may not get to unpacking all that you plan.
Finish packing the rest of your belongings.
Drain all gas and oil from all mowers, snow blowers, grills, etc.
Empty and Defrost the refrigerator.
Clean all empty rooms.
Arrange payment for moving company.
Get cash for tip for movers.
Move out day:
Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any stray mail.
Double check all rooms are completely empty and clean. (Leave it as you would like to see your new home).
Lock all windows and doors and turn off all lights.
After the move:
Consolidate all receipts and moving documents into “Moving” binder or file.
Get a new driver’s license and new license plates for your automobile.
Register to vote.
Contact the local paper for a new subscription.
Moving day apps: