Two Months to Moving Day

Many tasks are involved in the moving process, depending on who, what, where, and how. So the remainder of this section outlines a plan for making a smart move. To make the process easier, check off any that you feel apply to your move. The tasks are listed in approximate order of a typical move with a typical timetable. Because no move is "typical," your list will be differ somewhat. And you'll add many more things to the list as you decide how, when, and where you're moving.

Here are tips for your moving calendar beginning two months from Moving Day:

  • Secure a new place to live.

  • Get dental checkup and cleaning; see doctor, vet, and other professionals so that you don't have to make these visits immediately after the move.

  • If necessary, make arrangements for storage.

  • Ask doctors and other professionals for referrals.

  • Have antiques, art objects, and other valuables appraised.

  • Start cleaning out closets and drawers.

  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.

  • If you will be using a professional mover, start getting estimates from at least four agents in your area.

  • If you are moving yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies, and reserve a rental truck, especially if you plan to move during peak times.

  • Pick up any available literature, moving tips, and worksheets from moving agents and truck rental agents.

  • Sketch out a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.

  • Stop by the local post office and pick up a set of change-of-address cards.

  • Subscribe to the newspaper in your new home town.

  • Order address labels with your new address.

  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to de-clutter, starting with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas.

  • Start a file of all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, contacts, floor plans).

  • Arrange to transfer school records as needed.

  • After you have the information you need, choose a mover or a relocation service.

 
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