The Moving Checklist
Moving house is a pain, but there’s a simple yet effective way to make the whole process easier; a checklist. A moving checklist to be precise.
TWO MONTHS BEFORE MOVE:
Moving house begins much before the actual moving happens. Two months prior to moving, you’re best to sort through your closet, drawers, cupboards, cabinets, everywhere you can think of to find items you won’t want to take with you, and won’t need in your new, humble abode. This is called downsizing and minimizes the amount of items you’ll be packing and taking with you.
Take an inventory of anything of value that you plan to move and take with you, and determine the replacement value for insurance reimbursement purposes.
Lastly, two months before moving, you’ll want to research, enquire about and obtain estimates for several moving companies. Whichever you’re happiest with in price, professionalism and helpfulness together will most probably be your best pick.
SIX WEEKS BEFORE MOVE:
Up to six weeks before the move, you’re going to want to do a few important things. Firstly, you’re going to want to finalize your real estate or rental needs.
Make all the necessary travel arrangements if you’re moving out of town, including hotels you may have to stop at if you’re driving and the distance cannot be travelled within a day.
Don’t forget to notify your children’s schools of their move, and make sure to follow up with organising enrolment within another school within the new area in which you are moving.
Acquire any copies of your children/s school records, or have them sent to their new school.
Obtain copies of each of your family member’s medical records, and ask if your doctor can recommend a new doctor within the area you’re moving to.
Consult any insurance agencies to find out if changes in policies are necessary.
ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVE:
Tell the utility companies to disconnect your services on the date after you plan to move out, and request to have your new utility services activated a few days before arriving at your new house.
If unable to store all of your items, arrange for storage within your new area.
If you’re unable to hire a moving company, and are doing it yourself, order the supplies you’ll need to pack and start packing.
ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVE:
Continue packing boxes if you’re packing yourself and confirm all travel arrangements.
Arrange a payment or deposit for any movers that you may have hired for the date.
Type up directions to your new home for the moving company, confirm the date of delivery for your items, and also give them an itinerary and a number they can contact you on. (i.e mobile phone)
Complete any change of address forms at the post office, and don’t forget to send change of address notices to any subscriptions, friends and relatives, banks, creditors or any other necessary people, companies or organizations.
Notify your employers, new and old, of new contact information.
Obtain any necessary documentation such as health certificates for your pets to allow them to travel by air if you choose.
Start packing suitcases you plan to move yourself into your new house with clothes, toiletries, jewellery, and important documentation and financial records.
Pack your ‘first-night box’, which is all your necessary items for your first night in your new, most likely box-cluttered house.
Follow and check with the mover as they inventory your possessions, and make condition reports.
Sign the bill of lading and inventory, ensuring that your address and phone number are both correct, keeping both copies in a safe place.
Lock windows, turn off lights, close doors, and take a final tour to make sure nothing has been left behind.