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Moving Made Easier!

Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a client’s life.  Having a bullet-proof plan from inventory to moving day can relieve much of the stress.  Here are some ideas to consider in planning ahead:

Two Months Before Your Move

  • Start calling moving companies for an in-home estimate. Be sure to get your estimate, date and time in writing.
  • Contact your insurance company for coverage for moved items.  Do you have coverage in transit?
  • If you are doing the move yourself, reserve a truck.
  • Order moving supplies like boxes and tape online.  It is much cheaper.
  • Or, start hunting down boxes.
  • It is helpful to know the room dimensions of your new home.  If your furniture won’t fit, there is no use moving it.
  • This is a great time to make an inventory list and begin decluttering.

One Month Before Your Move

  • Confirm your moving plans with your mover.
  • Declutter, donate or sell items that you no longer need.  It’s costly to move items no longer in use.
  • Start packing.
  • Label boxes with contents and the destination in your new home.
  • Label extension cords and electronic outlets carefully.  It will help when reconnecting them in your new home.
  • Arrange going away parties.

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Re-confirm your move.  You can never follow-up too many times.  A mis-communication could be disastrous!
  • Make a list and contact information of everyone who needs to be notified about your change of address: Post Office, credit card companies, banks, insurance companies (health, life, car), Stock Broker, Attorney, Investment Adviser, utility company, cable company, magazine subscription, newspaper, etc.

One Week Before Your Move 

  • Continue packing.
  • Once your loan has been approved and your closing has been confirmed, notify everyone of your new address.
  • Contact your utility company for transfer of service  from you to the new owner,

Two days before your move

  • Defrost your freezer.
  • Clean our your refrigerator, leaving only things you want to take with you.
  • Dust and Clean the rooms that have been emptied and that you are no longer using.
  • Pack an overnight kit with essential supplies (snacks, clothing, toiletries, scissors, tape, first aid kit and medications).

Moving Day

  • Disconnect all remaining appliances. Keep the power cords with the item.
  • Box up the last few items you needed for the last couple of days.
  • You should be organized by now, so that all you have to do is direct the movers. 

If You Are Moving Out Of Town 

  • Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
  • Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
  • Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
  • Let a friend or relative know your route.
  • Carry Traveler’s checks or an ATM card for ready cash until you can open a new bank account.
  • Empty your safety deposit box.