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Moving Timetable – Be Prepared

Make a plan and be preparedEveryone knows that moving to a new home is something that takes lots of time and plenty of organization. There are many little tasks that need to be accomplished before the move can be considered complete. Thus, it is a good idea to have a timetable of events on hand to help you get things in order before moving day. This also ensures that you do not miss any important steps along the way.

A Month Prior to Your Move

  • This is the moment when you should already know what method of moving you plan to use and you are ready to call companies to make a reservation and ask for moving quotes.
  • You should also start making plans for how you are going to get to your new home as well. Purchase any airline or rail tickets now, or get your vehicle inspected to make sure it will make it through the trip.
  • Get important paperwork together and let all of your creditors know that you are moving. Send out a change of address form and let the post office know that you will be leaving as well.
  • This is also a great time to visit your doctor and dentist for the last time. Gather copies of your records for your new doctor as well.
  • Begin using up as much of your food staples as possible so that you don’t have to transport them.
  • Don’t forget Fido! Make plans to have your pet re-homed or moved with you.

A Week or Two Out

  • Things are going to start getting hectic. Make sure to confirm any travel plans and verify your reservation with the movers.
  • Call to set up the transition of your utilities from your old home to your new home. It will be much easier to move if you have water and power at your new address when you arrive.
  • Clean any rugs and make sure to service any appliances so that they are all ready to be moved to your new home.
  • Unless you have a national bank, take some time to close your current accounts and collect any valuables you might have in a safety deposit box. Make sure there are no outstanding debts to the bank or local creditors.

The Day Before a Move

  • Run through the home to make sure that everything is packed and ready for the movers. This includes ensuring that all boxes are labeled and that you have a travel box and an ‘unload first’ box ready to go.
  • Finish packing anything that you might have been using in the days leading up to the move. This can include a variety of things, such as clothing and dishes.
  • Turn off the refrigerator and let it settle to room temperature. Dry it out and prepare it for the movers.
  • Get a good night’s sleep so that you can be well rested for the next day. Things are going to be busy, and extra energy can’t really hurt.

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