The Supreme Moving Checklist  

by Pool Builders on 08-28-2012 in Articles

Moving from one place to another, especially into a new residence, is both an exciting and exhilarating prospect. It can certainly take its toll on you if you do not know how to organize everything that needs to be planned and carried out. Naturally, there are tons for you todo--- things to sort and pack up, tasks to accomplish, details to iron out, matters to monitor.

Because you will be faced with so much information, you will need the supreme checklist for moving to keep things well-organized and monitored. Indeed this article is your key to such a checklist that will keep your sanity in check all throughout the moving process. This checklist is the best there is today among all existing online and offline alternatives.

Four Weeks Before the Move: The Organization Stage

1. Set the Date.

The first thing you will have to do is to set the exact date of your move. The recommended days are Mondays to Thursdays so you can be certain that all offices and banks are still open just in case you will need something.

2. Fix Utility Transfer Concerns.

You should let your utility providers at present and for your future area of residence know about the exact date of your move. This way, they can also adjust appropriately. Be sure to take note of the refunds of your current security deposits and also to determine how much you will have to pay the new providers. These utilities most likely consist of the following:
__ Cable/satellite television
__ Cell phone service
__ Electricity
__ Gas
__ Internet/broadband
__ Local and long distance phone service
__ Propane
__ Recycling pick-up
__ Sewer
__ Security system
__ Trash pick-up
__ Water

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should ensure that utilities are turned on a day before your actual move. Also have your present ones turned off a day after the date of your move. This way, even if you experience delays or other problems, you can still make use of these utilities.

3. File for your Change of Address.

You will have to eventually notify everyone about your address change, especially banks, credit card providers, and the like. In the meantime, you should start filing with the US Post Office first. You can then file online for greater ease and convenience. This can be done by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS ( 1-800-275-8777). You will be charged a minimal fee of $1 for either one. You can also visit the local post office and complete the form PS3575.

4. Be Sure to Have Enough Cash.

This is important because there are many moving companies that require cash payment before they even unload any of your things. Ensure that you have the sufficient amount of money which will cover the moving expenses plus deposits and tips.

5. Start an Adress Change Log.

Try writing down the people you get mail from every single day. This list will guide you on who to contact about your change of address. Every morning or evening, inform one of the contacts. This way, you can break down this arduous tasks into very small and simple ones so that you will not forget or run out of time to inform all your important contacts.

To help you determine the important people who may need to be notified of your change of address, consult the list below:
__ Accountant/tax preparer
__ Alumni associations
__ Attorneys
__ Babysitter or child care provider
__ Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, homeequity,
IRA's, mortgage, safety deposit box, savings
account)
__ Broker
__ Business cards (new ones should be ordered)
__ Cell phone provider
__ Child care/ daycare
__ Chiropractor
__ Courts
__ Credit bureaus
__ Credit card issuers
__ Dentist
__ Department of Motor Vehicles
__ Diaper service
__ Doctor
__ Dry cleaning pick-up with delivery
__ Family members
__ Health clubs
__ House cleaning service
__ House of worship
__ Insurance companies(auto, health, life, other vehicles)
__ IRS (form 8822)
__ Lawn care
__ Tags for luggage (replace existing ones)
__ Magazine subscriptions
__ New business cards
__ New employer
__ Newspaper subscriptions
__ Old employer
__ Orthodontist
__ Parent-teacher association
__ Passport
__ Pet sitter/ dog assistant/ pet day care
__ Pharmacy
__ Physical therapist
__ Physician
__ Post office
__ Professional organizations
__ Retirement plan holders
__ Return address markings (order new ones)
__ Schools
__ Snow removal service
__ Social Security Administration
__ Swimming pool upkeep (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing)
__ Swimming pool memberships
__ Veterinarian
__ Water delivery service

Four Weeks Before the Move: The Sourcing and Packing Stage

1. Hire Professional Movers or Reserve a Moving Truck.

This is one of the most important resources that you have to take care of early.

2. Ask for People to Help you with the Move.

You cannot do everything alone. You need a bigger workforce to assist you with the move. This is also to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Hence, you should already start ahead of time in recruiting different people to help you--- family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors. In return, you can offer free meals and snacks.

3. Acquire the Vital Moving Supplies.

What are the more essential moving supplies? Here are the basics:
__ Markers for labeling boxes
__ Moving boxes
__ Newsprint, packing peanuts or other cushioning material
__ Packing tape
__ Scissors or knife

You can also opt to come up with a moving organizer that contains the pertinent information, notes, receipts, and more. Here are the materials you will need for this organizer:
__ Binder
__ Pocket dividers to divide sections and keep important receipts
__ Paper for keeping of notes

4. Pack Now!

Definitely start early so that you will not leave anything behind or overlook something in the process. Usually, people underestimate the time necessary to complete the packing process. Thus, you have to begin at once.

5. Separate the Treasured from the Non-Essentials.

Do not be so sentimental about all your possessions, or you may have a greater amount of clutter in your new home even before you have started living in it. Being successful in the moving process includes removing as many items as possible from those that have to be moved. You can have a garage sale or you can donate these things to charity. You may also want to give some to friends and to throw others away too.

Two Weeks Before the Move

1. Make Arrangements for Returns.

Before you move, take note of these things that you will have to return:
__ Cable/ satellite boxes, remote controls, dishes
__ Cable/DSL modems
__ Carpet shampooer
__ Clothing (borrowed)
__ DVD and video game rentals
__ Books from the library
__ Borrowed or rented tools
__ Trash cans/ recycle bins
__ Unwanted purchases

2. Make Arrangements for Retrievals.

You may have to retrieve these items before your move date:
__ Clothing at dry cleaners or still with tailors/dressmakers
__ Clothing lent to friends
__ Items at repair shops
__ Tools lent to neighborsor friends

3. Start a Bank Account Near Your New Residence.

You should already have a new bank account opened in a branch near your new house. This way, you can transfer ahead important documents and precious jewelries and the like to a safety deposit box. You will then avoid losing or misplacing these during the move.

4. Come up with Priority Boxes for Each Room.

What are priority boxes? These are the ones that you must label "Open Me First". Naturally, there are several items that you will need immediate access to as soon as you move. You must place them in these boxes and mark each box with the specific room for which it is for. Here are examples of the specific rooms:

Kitchen:

__ aluminum foil
__ disposable flatware, cups, and plates
__ coffee maker (don't forget the filters!)
__ dish detergent
__ frying pan and spatula
__ pet food and bowels
__ scissors
__ tea kettle

Main Bathroom:

__ bath mat
__ bath towels
__ complete first-aid kit
__ hair dryer
__ shampoo
__ shower curtain with rings
__ soap
__ toothbrush and toothpaste

Toolroom or drawer:

__ batteries
__ duct tape
__ flashlight
__ flat-head screwdriver
__ hammer
__ level
__ Phillips-head screwdriver
__ picture hangers
__ tape measure
__ utility knife

5. Complete Packing for Non-Essential Rooms.

As early as possible, you have to complete packing for rooms like the garage, basement, attic, and utility rooms. This way, you can get them out of the way already and put all your concentration on the main areas commonly used for living.

6. Get Rid of Perishable Food.

You should start eating or giving away the perishable food in your refrigerator and freezer.

7. Have a Packing Party.

This is a fun way to get your loved ones involved in the packing and moving processes. Prepare good food and music, and even games that may involve packing of items such as books and clothes. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to give away some items to them. Be sure to ask the guests to take photos so you can have these as keepsakes.

8. Hold a Garage/Yard Sale.

This is certainly a great way to earn some extra cash that will help you with the move financially and also to eliminate non-essentials too.

One Week Before the Move

1. Confirm the Time and Date with Movers, Together with Current and Future Home Addresses.

You should confirm such information to be certain that the movers do not get lost and everything goes well according to the planned schedule. Also get the contact details of the person who is assigned to help you with the move.

2. Recruit Friends for the Day of the Move.

It is best to have other people there to help you out during this actual date of the move. At least you will have the assistance you may need if unexpected accidents and errands arise.

3. Arrange for Child/Pet Sitting.

Because you will be very busy on this day, make sure to arrange how your children and/or pets will be looked after while you are finishing all the tasks for the move. You can eliminate additional stress if they are not around for you to worry about.

One Day Before the Move

1. Ensure Fully Charged Cellphones.

All the people involved should have fully charged cellphones. It is vital to remain in contact.

2. Pack a Suitcase or even just a Knapsack.

It is important to have important items with you, like the following:
__ Eyeglasses
__ Favorite toys for the kids
__ Prescriptions
__ Something to read
__ Three days' worth of clothing changes
__ Toothbrush and toothpaste (if not in Open Me First box)

Moving Day

This is it--- the day you have been preparing hard for! Be sure to do the following:

1. Start Bright and Early.

You have to get a head start so you will not have to rush or panic especially if the movers are already waiting outside.

2. Take Out the Garbage.

Movers are often blamed for things that are left behind. This is why a lot of people are surprised to realize that the movers have taken along even the garbage. Hence you need to take the trash outside of the house before all your stuff are lifted into the truck.

3. Get the Names and Numbers of the Drivers, and Give them Yours.

Communication is vital so nothing is misplaced or lost. Some unexpected things may come up so you should always be ready to keep in touch. Also, it would be best to stay by the door so you are visible at all times.

4. Do the Final Check Before You Leave.

Before you close the door on your current home for good, there are several things you will have to double check:

Have you turned off the fans, heaters, and air conditioning systems
Have you turned off all the water sources?
Have you switched off all the lights in and around the house?
Where did you leave the keys as well as the garage door openers? Make sure they have been turned in already.
Have you checked if there are still things left inside the bathroom, garage, attic, refrigerator, freezer, stove, drawers, and closets? What about under the porch?
Have you packed your sprinklers and hoses too?

Indeed there are plenty of details to manage in terms of relocating or moving. However, with the use of this checklist, you can surely keep track of everything and enjoy your transfer to your new home. To find out more tips on moving, click here.

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