Organizing a Move – Part 2

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Organizing a Move: T-Minus 30 Days 12. ____ Confirm Your Mover Arrangements Now it gets real! Confirm your moving date and times with your moving company. We recommend booking four weeks out at a minimum, especially if you are moving

12. ____ Confirm Your Mover Arrangements
Now it gets real! Confirm your moving date and times with your moving company. We recommend booking four weeks out at a minimum, especially if you are moving at the end of the month.

11.____ Begin packing

Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the waffle iron and croquet set. While packing, note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound, such as a computer.

10.____ Label and Inventory

It is very tempting to toss those knick-knacks in a box, tap it up and be done with it! Do yourself a huge favor and, at the very least, mark each box clearly with the room it goes in. If you have time, keep a running inventory of what is going into boxes. Another option is to uniquely identify each box (perhaps a room and then a number) and match it with a photo of the boxes contents. Label all four sides and the top for easy reference.

9.____ Make the Move (on paper)

Mail forwarding is one of those things that you don’t want to worry about during the week of your move! If you have already booked your moving date, you can take care of the change of address now on the US Postal Service Website.
Click here to fill out the Change-of-address form.
You may want to consider sending out change of address cards to friends and family – at least the ones you would like to stay in touch with anyway.
8.____ Notify important parties.

Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies.

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7.____ Arrange to be off from work on moving day.

If you are leaving your current job, most employers request a two week notice of employment termination. If you will stay with the same company, notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.

6.____ Tune Up for the Move Out.

Take care of any routine maintenance that might be due soon, especially if you will be driving a long distance to your new home. Consider the climate that you are moving to as well and address any automotive needs you might have.

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5.____ Refill prescriptions.

Stock up on prescriptions you will need during the next couple of weeks.

4.____ Pack your suitcases.

Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.

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3.____ Defrost the freezer.

Are you moving a deep freezer or refrigerator? Clean it out and allow it defrost for at least 48 hours before your move day.

2.____ Pack Up the Kids

If you have children, make sure each child has his or her own bag packed with any toys, blankets, or books that he will need to go to bed at night or while on the road. These special items will help children feel comfortable during the transition.

1.____ Create a Home Coming Kit

One you are finally at your new home, there will be a few necessities that you may not want to go digging through boxes to find. Here are a few items you may want to have handy: Toilet paper, Shower curtain, Snacks, bottled water, Clean clothes, Cleaning products, Flashlight, night lights, First-aid kit/medical kit (include medicines needed by your family), a multi-tool, Air Mattresses and sleeping bags (if you decide to spend your first night in your new home).

Joe Beverly

Joe Beverly