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Moving? Plan Ahead to Make It Stress-Free

The real estate market is hot, hot, hot. If you are among the many American families relocating to a new home, organization is key.

  • Six to eight weeks before the move – Make a list of what you will keep, sell or donate. Plan a garage sale and/or schedule a donation pick-up. Notify schools and/or medical providers. Begin buying or collecting moving boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap. If you will be using a mover, start getting quotes.
  • Four to six weeks out – If you are moving from a rental, notify your landlord. If you will be doing your own packing, start packing non-essentials, such as extra linens, dishes and glassware. Notify utilities to start the process of closing out service at your old address and starting at your new one.
  • Three weeks out – Strategize food-use. Plan to deplete your pantry and freezer so you will need to move as little food as possible. Complete change-of-address forms for the post office, credit card companies and banks. Order new checks and address labels. If your home and/or car are insured, arrange to transfer coverage to your new residence. 
  • Two weeks out – If you are doing your own packing, get serious. Box up everything but the bare essentials and be sure everything is labeled, not just with contents, but the room where it’s to be unloaded. Keep valuables, like jewelry or important papers, in a safe place so you can transfer them yourself.
  • One week out – If your old place or your new home needs thorough cleaning, make arrangements for it. Properly dispose of anything that should not be moved, such as old paint, gasoline or propane.
  • Five days before the move – Confirm the date and time of your move with your moving company. Pack an essentials kit with medicines and any other items you will need when you arrive at your new home 
  • The day before moving – Clear and clean out the fridge, freezer and pantry. Put all items you will be transporting in one place. 
  • On moving day – Point out anything fragile to your movers. Be there as the truck is loaded. Sign the bill of lading when you are satisfied that all is accounted for. Do a final sweep of your home, checking every room, cabinet and closet.

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