Checklist for Moving Into a New Home

Checklist for Moving Into a New Home

By Dana Sparks,  eHow Contributor

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Dana Sparks

Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since  1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine  articles, and she is also the author of two published novels.  Sparks holds a  Bachelor of Arts in business.

Proper  planning can make moving a bit easier.

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Moving is  considered to be one of the five most stressful events in a person’s life,  according to the online magazine HR Management. Yet, many people make numerous  moves in the course of their professional lives. While it might be unrealistic  to believe that a move can be stress-free, there are ways to minimize those  worries and to plan for an uneventful transfer.

  1. Four Weeks Prior To Move

    • If you only have a month before the big move, use the time to organize the  things you may be too busy to organize later. Buy a file that can be used  exclusively to keep the paperwork that’s involved in the move including bids,  contracts and receipts.  Having them all in one place will make life easier  during the move as well as at tax time. If you’re going to be moving vehicles or  pets, now is the time to begin researching the cost and steps involved. Cancel  any storage unit contracts you may have at your old location and look for a new  storage situation if you’ll be needing it again in your new locale. Go through  everything you own and determine what can be sold and what you’d like to donate  to charity.  The less you have to move, the easier it’s going to be. Talk to  your bank to find out if it has a branch in your new area and give the bank your  new address for its files. Now is also a good time to speak with your child’s  school so the staff can begin to prepare their records. If you have a gardener  or domestic help, give them notice that you’ll be leaving.  Make sure to contact  your insurance agent to find out about insurance in your new zip code. Cancel or  transfer memberships at any clubs or gyms you might belong to. Ask your doctor  and dentist for your records so that you can give them to your new care  providers. Investigate any expenses that the I.R.S. considers deductible so that  you can carefully keep those receipts.

    Two Weeks Prior To Move

    • Contact utility companies to arrange to have your services disconnected at  your old home. Also call the utility companies that service your new area and  schedule to have services turned on in your name there. Begin to pack things  that you don’t use regularly, as this will save you time closer to moving day.  Pick up dry-cleaning, return library books, videos or any other item you may  have that belongs to someone else. Begin eating things you have stored in the  cupboard and freezer and stop buying perishable food. Begin to pack boxes of  your personal items that you want to take with you, rather than having them  moved. Don’t forget to mark these boxes clearly with the words DO NOT MOVE so  that there is no confusion with the movers on the big day.  Have your car  serviced.

       

    One Week Prior To Move

    • Pack your garage and empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel. Get rid of  anything that’s hazardous or flammable.  Either go to the post office for a  change of address form or fill one out online so that your mail can be  forwarded.  Call anyone you have a loan with, including credit cards, automobile  and student loans, to give them your change of address. Call anyone involved in  the move, including the moving company, to confirm your arrangements, including  what time they will be there.  Arrange for someone to watch your children and  pets while the movers load your household possessions. Clean a little each day  so that the final cleaning won’t be as time consuming.

    A Few Days

    • Clean your refrigerator, take apart any furniture that you’re responsible for  taking apart, decide which plants are going with you and which will be given  away, get cash from the bank, then close that account if necessary. Pack your PC  and electrical equipment.  If you’re responsible for packing, make sure that all  boxes are clearly marked. Keep your valuable items and documents in one spot  that you can easily locate. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately from  your other moving items.  Keep on hand a small box that will stay with you!

      KEEP YOUR PERSONAL BOX WITH YOU!  INCLUDE MEDICATION THAT IS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WITHIN  SEVEN DAYS, ALONG WITH CHECKBOOK, PURSE, KEYS, NEW TO DO LIST AND OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE. THIS ONE BOX YOU SHOULD KEEP WITH YOU.  Such as…

      Medication       (Within 7 day period)

      Keys

      Checkbook

      Purse / Wallet

      Phone book / List of important phone numbers

      To Do List

      Anything that you dont want to have to search inside all the other moving boxes,  trust me it will stress you out and maybe push you over the edge.  Dont do it to yourself.

       

    Moving Day

    • Walk through the house with your movers, telling them what you need them to  do. Make sure they have the address of your new home or storage, as the case may  be. Give the house a final cleaning.  Before the movers leave, walk through the  house to make sure that they have taken everything. Leave your keys or drop them  off with a prearranged party and make sure that you have the keys to your new  home or have arranged to pick them up. Switch off lights before you leave for  the final time.

      PERSONAL BOX CONTAINS  IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE.  THIS ONE PERSONAL BOX YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP WITH YOU.

       

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