Relocating is never easy, even if your company is covering all the expenses of your move. Regardless of who is footing the bill, you can make everyone's life much easier by following a basic moving timeline. Following an organized system will prevent many potential problems and also save much of your sanity.
1. Get at least two quotes from professional movers if you choose to hire help for your move. Once you select a mover, sign the contract and make the required deposit.
2. Take things out of easy-to-forget places such as your attic, basement, and tool shed. Start determining what you will take, what you will discard, and what you will give away to family members of a charitable organization.
1. Start using up anything perishable such as frozen food. Use items you would prefer not to move, especially laundry detergent and household cleaning supplies.
2. Purchase necessary moving supplies such as magic markers, packing tape, and labels. If your moving company does not provide the boxes necessary for your relocation, buy plenty of boxes.
3. Visit your child's school and request copies of all records be given to you and also shipped to your child's soon-to-be school.
1. Request copies of your medical records as well as veterinary records for any pets. Get copies for yourself as well as your future medical professionals.
2. Start packing away things you want to keep but do not need until after you relocate. Label each box clearly with not only an item description, but also the room in which it should be placed. Some people use different numbers or colors for each room.
3. File a change of address card at your local post office. Personally notify all important parties such as banks, credit card lenders, and key family members and friends.
4. Call all of your utility companies and arrange for a service disconnection date. Arrange for service at your future residence.
1. Get a fireproof, lockable safe box. Place any valuables such as jewelry or important papers in it. If you have a safety deposit box at a bank, visit the box and empty its contents.
2. If you are moving with your vehicle, take it to a trustworthy mechanic. Have any necessary fluid additions or tune ups made before you hit the road.
3. Call your moving company, if applicable, and re-confirm arrangements for moving day.
4. Return all videos and library books before you forget to do so.
5. Make any necessary arrangements for your pets to move safely and also get a babysitter or trusted person to take care of your kids on moving day.
1. Pick up any dry cleaning, tailored items, and the like. Make sure any debts you owe to local businesses are paid in full.
2. Transfer your prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new community.
3. Take your pets to the veterinarian for a check-up as well as any required immunizations.
4. Drain oil or other fuel out of any equipment such as a lawn mower.
5. Create detailed directions for movers and other parties helping you get to your new home. Include all emergency contact numbers, especially cell phones.
1. Defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Unplug it and block all the doors to stay open to children and animals cannot accidentally end up in the refrigerator or freezer.
2. Put all important personal items such as a change of clothes, medications, and toiletries in a box that you will carry with you on moving day. Do the same for your spouse, children, and pets if this applies to your moving timeline.
1. Record all utility meter readings, ideally with a camera. Do the same throughout your house, especially if you have a landlord and do not want to be charged for damage you did not cause.
2. At the end of your move, sign a bill of inventory with the movers. Lock all windows and doors.