You may have read my post on Things To Consider when Making a Move. If you’ve followed all those suggestions on moving you are just about ready to load up the truck and take off to your new home! We actually have less than one month before moving, but I think we are just about ready!
In the month before you move you will be busy! It’s time to select your moving company if you haven’t already, and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs and other details.
When moving a house it is a good time to clear all your clutter. If you have lots to throw out, contact your local dumpster company who can take everything away for (usually) a small fee.
Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the waffle iron and garden tools. 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. I plan to do one last weeding of the garden and then pack my garden tools!
Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for references on moving day. We plan to drive ourselves to our new home and will plan to have this box in the car with us.
Clearly label and number each box with it’s contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away!
Do a change of address! Go to your post office and fill out a change of address form, this can also be done online at usps.com.
Notify all important parties of your move, banks, brokerage firms, also the magazines and newspapers you subscribe to. Don’t forget to contact your credit card, insurance and phone and utility companies.
Contact your doctors to have them forward your medical records. Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new healthcare providers or obtain copies for yourself. Ask for any referrals as well.
If you are planning to drive to your new location make sure you take your car in to be serviced. If you’re moving to a new climate ask about what services you’re car might need.
Stock up on any prescriptions you’ll need in the next couple of weeks.
Plan to finish your packing a few days before the actual moving date. Then pack suitcases so that you’ll have enough clothes to wear until you are unpacked!
A few days before the big move, defrost your freezer if your refrigerator is moving with you. Make sure it is empty, clean and defrosted at least 24 hours before the moving day. We are not moving any of our appliances so we just have to make sure the stove and refrigerator are clean.
Figure out how you’re going to pay the mover. On the moving day make sure the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired. The USDOT number painted on its side should be the same number on your estimate. Scams are not unheard of! Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.
The last time we had a big move we all slept in sleeping bags the night before the movers came. The next morning we packed our suitcases in the car, the truck was packed and we were on our way! Hoping this move goes as easily!