ARE YOU MOVING YOUR PROPERTY TO ANOTHER HOME? HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR YOU.
Below are some tips that you need to consider if you are planning to move your residential property from one location to another. Eight weeks before.
Six weeks before
- Remove unnecessary items from your attic, basement or storage shed, etc. Use up all the things that you can't move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
- Obtain information about your new community [Research].
- Secure a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
Start a possessions inventory.
- Solicit estimates from at least three moving companies.
- Call your homeowners insurance agent to find out to what degree your move is covered.
- Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts.
- Arrange to transfer your children's school or school records.
Four weeks before
- Evaluate your possessions inventory. Can you donate anything? Do you need it all?
- Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc about your moving.
- Subscribe to a local paper in your new community and familiarize yourself with local government, community and social news and activities.
- Begin the off-site storage process (if applicable).
- Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location.
- Complete post-office change of address cards for the following: banks; charge cards; religious organizations; doctors/dentist; relatives and friends; income tax bureau/Social Security Administration/union; insurancebroker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker; magazines; post office; and schools.
- Clean/Arrange your closets and make it ready for the move.
- Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
- Choose a mover. Contact your mover to make arrangements and inquire about insurance coverage.
- If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover.
Three weeks before
- Start packing!
- Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair/cleaning as needed.
- Gather auto licensing and registration documents, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial documentation, etc.
- Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV and trash collection companies for service disconnect /connect at your old and new addresses respectively. Also ask for final readings.
- Request refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable service.
Notify your gardener, and pool service (if applicable).
- Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner's, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
Two weeks before
- Make your travel plans.
- Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locale (if necessary).
- Notify your state's motor vehicle bureau of your new address.
- Arrange for childcare on moving day.
One week before
- Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
- Service your car for the trip.
- Contact your moving company and review/confirm arrangements for your move.
Two to three days before
- Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company.
- Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Pick up dry cleaning, and return library books and rented videotapes.
- Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records.
- Drain gas and oil from power equipment.
- Give away plants not being moved.
- Cancel newspaper delivery.
- Buy two-weeks worth of medication and have your prescriptions forwarded to your new pharmacy.
- Buy traveler's checks.
- Make arrangements to pay for your move.
- If you're not doing it yourself, have your mover pack.
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
- Consider gathering all valuables and giving them to family or friends to hold until the move is completed.
- Disconnect all major appliances.
- Contact your moving company for any updates.
- Pack first-night items and a survival kit. Keep them in separate boxes in your car. First night items may include: sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes and flashlight
Mover's survival kit may include: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, local phone book, masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner and aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Be home to answer any questions your mover may have.
- Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric and water).
- Stay until your movers are finished.
- Complete information on the bill and carefully read the document and the inventory sheet before signing it.
- Keep your copies of the bill and inventory until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid and any claims are settled.
- Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything.
- Give movers the directions to your new home, and an emergency number where you can be reached during the move.
- Unpack first-night items and mover's survival kit.
- Be at the destination to welcome the movers and be on hand to answer any questions.
- After the job is completed, pay what is owed.
- Scrutinize the unloading of your items and account for each one on your inventory sheet. Check promptly and carefully for any damaged or missing items.
- Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
- Go to the post office and collect held mail.
In conclusion, moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but with proper planning and organization, it can be a smooth transition. The tips provided above offer a comprehensive checklist that covers everything from eight weeks before the move to after the move is completed. Taking the time to follow these steps will ensure that all necessary preparations are made, reducing stress and the likelihood of forgetting important details.
Remember to communicate with your moving company, update your contacts, and familiarize yourself with your new community. Lastly, keep important documents safe and account for all items during the move. With these tips in mind, you can have a successful move and start enjoying your new home.
Author: Julius Czar
Company: Zillion Technologies Ltd
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