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Day-by-Day Moving Checklist: Organization yields rewards
There are many things one has to take care of when moving home. One has to plan with meticulous detail and be extremely well organized if one is to move with as less stress as possible. This is where moving checklists come to the forefront. A day-by-day moving checklist is of utmost help in ensuring that all tasks get completed well on time and allows you to breathe easy and stay calm and relaxed despite the multitudinous things that need to be completed.
We will provide you with a simple and basic moving checklist to help you with your moving process. Though the time frame will be given in terms of weeks, you could fill in exact dates once you have decided on which day you will be moving.
6-8 weeks before moving:
Make a folder for moving estimates, receipts, and bills.
Plan your move. Decide how you wish to move whether with a truck rental or by hiring movers. Get estimates from movers. If you plan to move between May and September then get your estimates even earlier – at least 4 months earlier and decide on a moving day then.
- Determine which items you wish to keep and which you want to dispose. Organize a yard sale or donate items away.
- Collect packing items either from the moving company in question or from retail stores, grocery stores and supermarkets.
- Make all travel arrangements such as hotels, flights, car rentals at this time
- Start returning items that you may have borrowed from friends and family.
- Arrange for transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in the new school
- Organize your medical records and keep them aside in an easy to access folder.
4-5 weeks before moving
Contact your post office and inform them of the change of address so that mail may be re-routed to you.
Inform friends and family, utility companies, banks and financial institutions, credit card agencies, subscription providers of your change of address.
3 weeks before moving
Make arrangements for your pets to be moved. Get your pet’s health check up done at your veterinarian. Get appropriate inoculations done. Pets require health certificates that are not more than 10 days old. Arrange for this certificate to be obtained at the correct time
Visit your library and return borrowed books.
2 weeks before moving
- Back up all your computer data and then disassemble your computer.
- Clean out gym and school lockers
- Cancel newspapers
- Have your car serviced if you are planning to move by car.
- Drain your lawn mower and other tools of all oil and gasoline so that they may be transported safely and without any untoward incident
- Arrange for utilities to be disconnected the day after you have moved. Arrange for new utilities to be connected to your new home on the day you reach or the day after.
1 week before moving
- Collect your dry cleaning and any items that you may have sent out for repairs. Ascertain that all your belongings are at home and none are out for one reason or the other.
- Return videos or other items that you may have rented
- Make a list of appliances that will be moving with you. Disconnect and clean them so that they are ready to be moved with you.
- Settle bills with your local grocer and other people who provide you your daily needs.
- Try and use up perishable food.
1 day before moving
- Prepare a box of things that you will need on arrival at your new home.
- See that your refrigerator is defrosted and cleaned.
- Have a good night’s sleep and take ample rest so that you may be fresh on moving day.
- Make sure you are available when the movers arrive so as to guide them with your belongings.
- If you are going to do a self move, go and pick up your truck as early as possible.
- See that you are present with the driver during inventory and check the condition of your goods before they get hauled onto the truck.
- Make a final survey of your house to ensure that nothing is left behind
- Lock your windows and doors and turn off all your switches.
- Make sure that the movers have your new address and your cell phone number. Also make sure that they have a plan of the new house so that they are aware as to what furniture goes where.
Once you have moved out safely then you can relax and look forward to setting up a new home. Day-by-day moving checklists are an invaluable asset in the moving process. Movers.net hope you find the one we have chalked out for you extremely useful.