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How to Plan for Your Move

Moving households isn’t only about boxing clothes and dishes; it’s about packing up a life in one home and starting over in the new one. Even if you have months to carefully plan your move, it’s a challenge to remember everything that needs to be done. Here’s a checklist to make the transition a little easier.

Hire help: Get moving company recommendations and bids, then hire one 6-8 weeks before you move.

Take inventory: List the items that are going with you and inventory them with your camera phone.

Get insured: Will your mover and homeowner’s insurance adequately cover your belongings during the move? If not, purchase additional insurance.

Cut back: Pare down your pile of possessions through yard sales, online selling or donations.

Get supplies: Collect clean, used boxes and newspapers. Don’t forget packing tape and markers.

Stay organized: Map out where items will go in your new place and pack them by room. Clearly mark what’s in each box, especially fragile breakables.

Keep it close: Hand-carry valuables and important documents in a fire-safe box.

Be ready: Separately pack toiletries, medicines and clothing to easily find them after the move.

Notify people: Share your change of address with friends and family, schools, your employer and landlord, if necessary.

Stop and start services: Determine dates to stop utilities/services at your old place and start them at your new one.

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Trash
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Cable
  • Telephone (home and wireless)
  • Insurance companies (property, health)
  • Educational facilities
  • Child care and pet care
  • Doctors, veterinarians, lawyers and other professional services
  • Magazines, newspapers and other subscriptions Clubs and memberships Financial institutions: bank accounts, loans, credits cards, autopay services
  • Auto finance company
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Administration
  • State/federal tax bureaus and the electoral roll
  • Tax assessor

Quick tips

  • Color code each room in your new home, then pack and label your boxes to match their new location.
  • Use suitcases to pack clothes you’ll need right away.
  • Keep essential items close on hand: Tape, scissors, utility knife, hand soap, dish soap, kitchen sponge, hand towels, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, toilet paper, flashlight, batteries, matches, emergency kits, snacks and beverages, cups and plates.
  • Include kids in your moving strategy: Let them play in their new bedroom and help you pack.
  • Your pets are moving too: Keep water bowls, food, collars, leashes and licenses nearby along with a familiar toy to reduce their anxiety.
  • If possible, take a day or two to unpack and settle into your new home.


Source: Zillow

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