The process of purchasing a home is very involved. When you add the process of preparing for the move on top of it, there are many things that have the potential to fall by the wayside. Below is a checklist to help keep you organized as you plan the move to your new home.
Six Weeks Before Moving
Create a file for all moving-related documents. You may need them later for tax purposes.
Preform an inventory of your current home. Decide what items you plan to take with you on the move. For those items that don’t make the cut, plan for disposal or donation.
Research and choose a moving company.
Purchase any packing materials that might be necessary.
Start packing anything that you will not need in the weeks before the move.
If it is a long distance move, make travel arrangements — transportation, lodging, etc.
Four Weeks Before Moving
Contact your insurance carrier(s) to transfer your policies to your new address — homeowners, life, auto.
Notify all necessary parties of your new address — post office, banks, credit cards, friends/relatives.
Cancel or change address for any newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
Transfer vehicle registration and driver’s license to your new address.
Schedule the disconnection, transfer and/or establishment all utilities — electric, gas, water, phone, cable/satellite, internet, waste removal.
Obtain medical records for yourself and any family members and pets, and research new service providers in your new area.
If applicable, contact your child’s new school and have any records transferred from the old school.
Make a list and research any other service providers that you might need in your new area — health club, dry cleaner, pharmacy, salon, auto repair shop, etc.
Make a list of items that you will need immediately in your new home. Be sure to set those items aside as you are packing.
One Week Before Moving
Confirm your movers and any travel arrangements that you have made.
Properly dispose of any hazardous or flammable materials — paints, aerosols, chemicals.
Ensure that anything that you will need immediately in your new home is set aside or clearly marked. Be sure that tools, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries and bath towels are included in these items.
Inspect all furniture for damage and document any found.
Organize and label your boxes in the order that you want them loaded. Remember, those that go on the truck first will be removed last.
The Day of the Move
Be sure that someone is present as the movers are loading and unloading your belongings. Inspect your belongings once unloaded for damage.
Clean out your refrigerator and freezer.
Check all cabinets and drawers for missed items.
Do one last walk through of all rooms of your old home. Don’t forget to check your attic, storage areas, basement, and garage for anything that has been left behind. Close and lock all windows and doors.
Once in your new home, ensure that all utilities have been connected.
-Smile! You’re in your new home!